I've agreed to do this with my family because my passion for art supersedes any fears of the public eye I have internally. Welcome to the section where I talk about myself, and my family. I was born in November of 1973; this year that makes me 42 years old. I've lived a crazy life that was filled with moments that would make a pretty crazy, action packed, thriller of a movie script. I was born in Northern California though I was raised in Southern California, Burbank to be exact. My mother worked her rear off to ensure that myself and my brother were taken care of and had everything we needed. Some days I know my brother and I gave her a run for her sanity but she did whatever she thought was best for us in every decision she made. To this day I cannot imagine the personal struggles she encountered raising two boys. She practically raised us alone. My father passed away when I was only five years old, and honestly that leaves me with very few memories of him. I know that is a lot of the reason that I acted out as a teen and pushed boundaries further than normal. My mother met her current husband when I was eleven and they were married. I am sure that I caused some stressful moments for both of them throughout my childhood, but I do appreciate the role he played in my youth as a man growing up. Though I never told him, he taught me a lot of things and was a huge part of the work ethic and drive I have as a man today to continue to strive and provide for my family.
When I was 18 I came out to Las Vegas to visit my brother, and ended up tattooing him. He showed it to some guys he was at that time getting tattooed by, they agreed to allow me to take on a tattoo apprenticeship, and that is where I started my career. I apprenticed at the original tattoo studio in Las Vegas Las Vegas Tattoo Company under Doc Dog in 1994. I then years later opened up my own tattoo studio Ironhorse Tattoos, which I still own and tattoo out of to this day. I am blessed that my clientele give such amazing word of mouth and rave reviews allowing me to keep our doors open and strive in a town with over 400 tattoo shops. We are one of the only original shops left today, while a ton of new shops have opened most are owned by people who do not tattoo or have only been doing it for less than five years. I have 20+ years of experience and pride myself on running a shop full of artists, not just tattooists. If you are ever in Las Vegas, I leave an open invitation. Even if you do not desire to get tattooed stop by and say hi!
In February of 2010 I met my now wife, at that time we became great friends. We had so much in common from our pasts, our interests and our beliefs. We could talk for hours and did nearly daily, when she wasn't traveling and working herself. I don't think there was a day that went by since we originally met that we didn't at least text. I can honestly say she is and was my best friend. We talked about everything, and at that time we both were in some turbulent relationships. Every relationship is a roller coaster but ours were beyond that. We could talk about them for hours, constantly questioning each other on everything from beliefs to dreams. Skip ahead a couple of years and we both were single. After years of wanting to I finally broke up with my girlfriend of the time and the day she moved out MommyBee took me out, just get out of my head. She asked "What do you want to do? Anything at all!" So we headed to dinner and to a gentleman's club in Las Vegas. It was her way of just letting me get away and not think about the drama that would certainly arise soon. We both knew that it was coming, and it did. We heard stories that were being spread throughout the city. While Las Vegas may have a huge population, it is still a very small city. There was nothing that I hadn't already told MommyBee, literally not a thing she hadn't heard directly from me! She knew things about me that I had never told anyone in my life, not even my best friend Matt (The Bat). Thankfully my honesty with her made these crazy stories just roll off her back. She was contacted by ex's of mine. Told stories that were lies and completely obscene unbelievable fairy tales. Though stories were also being spread around of things that MommyBee and I were supposedly saying about my ex and her friends. Most of which I never stated, and I cannot begin to tell you how childish people can be spreading lies that were never even actually said. Through it all she trusted in me, my truth and stood by my side as a dear friend. Eventually our friendship lead into the obvious path that is now our relationship.
I asked her to be my girlfriend, yes, just like in high-school. I actually asked her to be my girlfriend. By this point everyone around both of us had already started talking and spreading rumors that we were dating and it seemed natural. We hung out all the time, did everything together and talked when we weren't together. It just kind of happened. It was so nice to finally have someone who seemed to be on my side, looking out for me and watching my back instead of just seeing what they could get from me or giving me a list of stuff to purchase them. It was nice to have a woman around that took care of herself and paid her own way. It was shocking when she wouldn't allow me to pay at dinner, or would pick me up and we would just go where ever the car would take us, be it California, Utah, Colorado, and Oregon. Spontaneous was just what our life became. It was great and a complete 180* change from my life before. Don't get me wrong, even years into our relationship we were still hearing absurd stories that were spread around town or about us. Sometimes we would joke or bet about what crazy story would come next. It never surprised us what far fetched stories would arise. Though eventually we both learned how to let it go in one ear and directly exiting the other ear.
Shortly into our official "dating" relationship we found out that we were pregnant. At this point I decided that I didn't want the drama and got rid of a lot of people out of my life. I didn't need the drama during what was supposed to be the happiest time of our lives. I do not regret any of these decisions, not even a little bit. Friends that I kept became closer, and cherished this change in my life as much as I did. We found out we were having a baby girl and life changed instantly. All of the sudden I couldn't own enough ammunition, to protect this life that we had created. Nothing from our pasts mattered, and nothing in our futures were impossible. We kept the news under wraps for a bit of time, eventually it came out, then the drama came back around.
My wife, my daughter; they both push me to do things better, to become smarter and more complete of a man. This is where this website, channel and vlogging system come into play. A dear friend of my wife's from Canada has requested that we start a YouTube account and show the art that we all enjoy creating. Share it with the world, and here we are. So keep watch, and enjoy seeing our art grow, our family grow and our passions expressed in many different ways.