It really all started in 2009 when I moved to Melbourne with my girlfriend at the time with the intention of picking up my tattoo apprenticeship where I left off. As you’ll see, it didn’t all go exactly as planned...
We moved into the heart of Fitzroy, which was perfect for us. Not only were we surrounded by an abundance of amazing bars, food, and coffee; we were also strategically placed next to couple of my favourite tattoo shops at the time – ones at which I was hoping to work in. Looking back, I can now see that I was living and breathing in arguably one of Australia’s most active and prominent graffiti and street art suburbs without realising it.
As exciting as it was moving interstate into an old reconditioned warehouse overlooking the city in a street that would literally change weekly - I needed money to pay for it. That and my regular visits to all of the amazing food, coffee & drinking spots in the neighbourhood.
I decided it was time to brush off my old carpentry skills and work for a builder. It wasn’t my ideal job at that point, but aside from working in a tattoo shop, it’s all I knew. The two years I did this were some of the hardest. I was both physically and mentally wrecked by the time I could start doing what I actually wanted to do everyday, but the money was good and my boss was a legend. For example: He’d go a little easier on me those mornings I’d roll into work like a zombie because I had been up working till all hours (If you ever read this - thank you Brian - you're an absolute legend). Carpentry by day, and by night I was painting my ass off, blogging, and occasionally giving into curiosity by dabbling with aerosols. It was around this time I also started my first online store.