Always cool to see something you did being talked about on television. This is a throwback to when I made these gnarly tattoo coverups for Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes and Queen Latifa was interviewing him about them. Cool to see the impact tattoos have on other people, especially something so bold as Hall and Oats tattooed on your hands.
I absolutely love what I do and every day that I get another chance to enjoy life. A lot of people ask how I balance having such a large family as well as such large ambitions and how do my children and wife react to me traveling so much. The answer is that it's not easy at all, everything takes a lot of communication and compromise from us all, and I try my best to include them all as much as possible too. I do know for sure that it has been worth the time and hard work, mainly because I have also been able to watch all of my children be influenced by all of this world around them. They get to meet and get to know a lot of the guys I travel with as well. Now it's super cool to see my kids actually become a fans of these bands as well as learning to play their music on guitar and draw pictures of their logos and song lyrics, the inspiration for them has been amazing to grow up around.
Music and Art are amazing things, especially when they become a part of your family.
Tattooing and touring with the guys in Gym Class Heroes was a lot of fun over the years and I made a lot of rad tattoos and artwork for them as well. This is a group of guys that I really enjoyed the friendships and memories that I made with each member in their own ways and
really a great group of guys all around.
I went on a lot of different tours with Gym Class Heroes over the years. They invited me out to tattoo them on Warped Tour a few times, a few headlining tours, as well as them touring with other acts such as Lil Wayne, The Roots, The All-American Rejects, and more. Many great memories made.
Not only traveling with them on tour, but on their time off, they also travel to my studio to get tattoos.
The drummer of Gym Class Heroes collected one of my favorite tattoos I've done over the years. Especially considering the circumstances of beginning this tattoo while on the road backstage in a dressing room before a show. This tattoo took many sessions and somewhere in the ballpark of about 20 hours or so. Thank you Matt, miss you bud.
Gym Class Heroes asked me to make a painting for them to use as a tour banner, I was pretty amazed to see something I made this large and on a stage like this.
There is so much more than just tattooing that I really appreciate about these experiences in life. I get to make art that people see every day and hopefully get inspired by. I also get to create friendships with people I truly admire and respect for their artwork as well. Along the way I can only hope that I inspire my children and the people that I love to enjoy their lives as much as I do, because it goes by really really fast, and it doesn't get any easier as time goes on.
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