Born in Cumbria, UK in 1977 and raised with my brother in Germany from the age of 3 by the artist couple Keith and Teresa Thomas, I grew up on the road for 3 years before settling down with views of the nearby Alps..
My mother; working as a painter and influenced by the likes of Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol and Ralph Steadman, encouraged me to bright, colourful ideas.
My father; working as an artist sculptor in iron and stainless steel, brought me up with 3D design, organic shaping of hard metal and engineered, conceptual problem solving.
…It was great finding my classmates and teachers hovering around my work when I re-entered the room after a quick break…
Having grown up and knowing the financial difficulties that living as an artist can bring, I decided to study Graphic Design in the vain attempt for a more secure lifestyle in this computer-art dominated society. After the first fun, hands-on years of studying the arts, eventually everything moved on to the PC. I concluded then that computers to this extent just weren’t for me.
I found myself studying alongside a tattooist who had become a good friend of mine and I spent as much time as I could watching her work; soldering the needles and learning about the setup of machines.
After completing my studies in 2001 I returned to the UK with ideas of being a mobile tattooist and working conventions. But having no real experience and having to work odd jobs, my dreams seemed out of reach until a lady tattooist was brought to my attention in 2003; Kyra Wilson at Inklination Tattoo studio.
It was her taking me under her wing and giving me the possibility to try myself at this very special art form at her studio that changed my life for good. I soon won several awards at various tattoo conventions!
Having the opportunity, at conventions, to talk to some of the greats like Bob Tyrrell-Canada/NY, Benjamin Moss-USA/Germany and Andy Engel-Germany, Scottie Ford & Kurt Wiscombe has influenced me and helped me immensely to improve my technique and given me new approach toward the tattoo.
On my trips to shows in Australia, Canada, Holland & Germany I’ve had the honour of working alongside some of the international greats such as Bob Tyrrell, Paul Booth, Jamie Henderson, Andrea Afferni, Liam Monahan, Jason Stuart, Joe Capobianco, Billy Decola and many more, who all are awe inspiring artist with their own knacks and approaches to the tattoo.
I’m keen to constantly improve my work and get the realism of my abstract designs as defined as I can. My customers are as diverse as my ideas, and I find satisfying their demands highly addictive.