I got my first tattoo well over a decade ago, when I was 21. With the exception of working with a local street artist in Hawaii for my shin tattoo, I've always designed my own tattoos (along with some for family and friends). I come up with the original concept, decide where I want the tattoo to be placed on my body, find reference materials when needed, sketch up my ideas and work with my tattoo artist to bring it all to fruition.  Viewers of this gallery will see evidence of each step of that process.