Location: San Francisco at Pier 39
Profession: Tattoo Artist
I grew up in Northern California where as long as I can remember Art has always been a major part of my life. Everywhere I went as I kid I always have a sketch book on me so I could capture the world around me. As I got a little older I started getting into much larger scale, more abstract forms of art such as metal sculpturing and wood work. My father owned an iron company & had a full service metal shop which I used often.
When I turned 18, I moved to Iowa & earned my BA in Sociology from William Penn University. During those four years I filled every gap I could in my curriculum with Art classed ranging from color theory to ceramics to photo realism, graduating with almost as many credits in Art as I did in Sociology. Towards the end of College I really started to enjoy and focus mostly on portraits and photo realism. Using charcoal and pencil for most my work, I became most skilled in bringing images to life in black & white.
In 2009, four years after graduating, I did my first tattoo. It was truly a life changing experience for myself & my view for art. The ability to permanently personalize ones body with ink just fascinated me.
I knew it was what I’d be doing for the rest of my life. Two years later I became part of the Club Tattoo family. Its been an amazing learning experience. I feel like everyday we as artist feed off one another & become more and more rounded in all categories of tattooing. I believe that as long as you have an open mind and the willingness to learn from others, you will never stop absorbing knowledge & will never stop progressing in what you do.
I also have a website at www.Westfalltattoo.com