I’ve wanted to be an artist ever since I can recall…in my “baby books” I’d written that as what I wanted to be when I grew up. I can recall watching my mom “doodling” as a kid…amazing pen and ink sketches…and go to art summer school-which in hind sight may have been just a way to get rid of me during summers-but a “thank you” may be in order as it built a passion of art in me that continued through adolescence until…well….now.
I started tattooing in 1997 while attending FSU pursuing a degree in art studio…After much harassment and pleading I was able to convince a local shop owner, Alain Rogers of Euphoria Tattoos, to teach me to tattoo. I dropped out of college in order to focus my attention on tattooing-and since that was before the days of the “tattoo shows” it was a risky decision…and one that I wouldn’t change for the world as it is my true calling and passion.
I’ve been lucky enough to travel and work with some very talented artists along the way…and although I can do pretty much any style of tattooing (new school, large color, portrait, realistic color, Japanese, tribal, fine line and jailhouse) I am being asked to do more portraiture and photo realism…BUT will gladly tattoo anyone who has a good idea. I would love to thank the people who’ve helped me along the way…Alain Rogers, Frankie D (rest in peace mate), Randy Muller (you hooked me up with companies when it was so secretive), Coby Cox (you’re amazing), Linda Lee Tobin (words can’t describe), Steve Godoy (you and your brother have given me so much help pursuing this dream), Vanessa Glover (helping me catch up to the times with the computer box)…and all of the other people who’ve been there for me personally and professionally-you know who you are…and I hope I can make you all proud and continue impressing you by chasing this dream.
I don't even know how to begin to show my appreciation for Michael, a review seems trivial in comparison to the gift he gave me. My friend called a little after 7:30 pm to see if they had time to fit in one more appointment. Even though their doors close at 8 pm, Michael showed no hesitation to fit us in.
Mike is a true artist, it's obvious he takes great pride in his work and creates an immediate connection with his client.
Thank you, Michael, for being a part of my story. I look forward to seeing more of your work and I know who I'll call when I'm ready to document the next chapter of my life.
From initial inquiry to the actual tattoo session, exceptional experience. It's a no-brainer for me to recommend Uptown arts to others and to keep going back for future tattoo ideas. Michael was my tattoo artist and is aweome. Answered my email inquiry and set up times for me to come in a discuss my tattoo ideas and scheduled appointments. He was understanding when I had to reschedule too. He's completely transparent which I think is pretty damn important when you're getting something permanently inked on your body. He isn't afraid to joke around so that's a plus. He suggested my tattoo redesign, size and placement to ensure the best quality. The other tattoo artist were friendly and were cracking jokes; like the comraderie. I'm completely happy with my tattoo and look forward to getting more tattoos at Uptown Arts. Highly recommended so go see them!