After three years as a piercer, where I learned the fundamentals of customer service, proper sterilization, and how to run a safe and clean procedure, I thought it was time to once again pursue a career in the craft of professional tattooing. Though I have been drawing and creating art since I was old enough to hold a crayon, I still had much to learn in a medium such as tattooing. So, in 2010, I landed a tattoo apprenticeship where I spent just under three years watching, learning, and trying to gain as much knowledge I could in the hopes to develop a personal style on, and off, the skin and build a reputation among my clients and my fellow peers in both art and procedure. On December 22nd, 2012, I then took the step forward in my life to further develop my career in an environment where I believed my craft could better flourish; that place was Capital Tattoo. Since then, I have worked along side some of the industries best on a day to day basis, I have got to do numerous conventions and guest spots, and attend a number of seminars, art shows, and paint nights all in the hopes of “perfecting” something I am truly passionate about. And on April 30th, 2019, that is when I took the biggest leap in my career and opened my own studio… Organic Mechanics: Tattoo and Art Gallery in my home city of Edmonton, Alberta.
Art, music, movies, and travelling are just a few things other then tattooing that I take an interest in and I take influence from, but the thing that truly catches my fancy is learning new things. In the years to come, I hope to develop my new-school/neo-traditional style by learning from those around me; near and far.
If you’re interested in working with me on a custom piece that no one else has, and one that not only you can be proud to wear, but I can be proud to do, than shoot me an email with your idea and we can go from there. I look forward to “james-ing” your next tattoo idea. Feel free to follow me on various forms of social media to tag along on this crazy adventure I call life.