First tape, vinyl, or CD you bought?
I only ever had 1 tape - it was ‘Outhere Brothers’ given to me by my sister when I was younnnng. #boomboomboomletmehearyousaywayooooo
The first CD I bought was Slipknot - Welcome to our neighbourhood. I was 13 years old and spent half of my ‘holiday’ allowance on the first day. Thanks and sorry Mum!
What’s in your pocket right now?
Nothing. Bball shirts bby.
What got you started in tattooing?
Ben Rorke, curiosity & determination.
Who knows where I would have ended up without Ben. He was the first person I knew that actually loved his job and worked like it. It was very perplexing to me as all I assumed at 20 was that work sucked and what you needed to do in order to live… and party. If I wasn’t living with him at the time - and if he didn’t lock himself in his room, blast nu-metal and draw instead of partying with Jimmy and I, then I don't think I would have been exposed to and witnessed someone relentlessly chasing their dreams. It was very inspiring and motivating to me… I just didn’t realise at the time. As fate (me breaking my hand being a 20 year old moron) would have it, I somehow was trusted to run the shop where Ben was working. It was here I was exposed to the industry - and where my life changed. It was here I started learning to draw and where I was really consumed by the culture. I didn’t tattoo for long, as I left when Ben did - he needed a change of scenery and I needed to ~check myself before I wrecked myself~ so I moved to Melbourne… which is where I also started to learn to use aerosols and where my life took another turn.
What was the first tattoo you did?
A rose on my thigh. It’s upside down and horrible haha
Early bird or night owl?
Heights & Sharks
Shower, put music on, make a big-ass coffee, take alpha-brain, make a big-ass to-do list & start grinding.
Art background or self-taught - or both?
Least favourite colour?
Something on your bucket list?
Do you take inspiration from anything outside of tattooing?
Mixed Martial Arts.
Someone you’d like to meet (dead or alive)?
If you could pick 1: playlist, audiobooks or podcasts?
Playlists. Can’t work without music.
If you could tattooed by anyone (dead or alive) who would it be?
Jerry, Hardy, Grimm, Dietzel, Negrete, Horiyoshi III
Do you have any pets?
Not anymore. I gave my cat to my ex because I’m a ~nice guy~ and idiot. But bout to rescue me a dog soon though.
Favourite thing to draw?
Roses and Ships are fun.
Favourite place to tattoo?
I didn’t tattoo for very long - and only did legs sooo.
A prized possession?
A leopard ornament that I somehow managed to bring back from Mexico. Carved from fishbone and so beautiful. Found in a street market in Tulum. Cost about $20 AUD. I love my home/studio, too. Cost a little more then the leopard but they work so well together.
Your go-to snack?
Tomato and Hummus if it’s around (It doesn’t last long)
Do you have a hand-poked (including Tebori) tattoo?
Favourite place in the world?
South Island of New Zealand
Do you work in any other mediums outside of tattooing?
Anything and everything. Mainly with aerosol.
Last thing you watched?
Nyjah Huston’s ‘Fade to Black’ - Insanity.
Favourite Instagram accounts to follow?
Do you have your back tattooed?
I do. By The Judd Ripley.
How long have you been professionally tattooing?
30 (give-or-take) tattoos long haha
A guilty pleasure?
Chocolate or Ice-cream. It. Must. Be. Kept. Away. At. All. Times
How do you separate work from life?
I don’t. It’s something I struggle with daily. If I am awake, I am working - and if I’m not a able to - I think about it. Epitome of a blessing and a curse.
What’s something you would never do?
An album that never gets old?
Beatles - 1 (Remastered)