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Professional Profile

• Skilled in all aspects of tattooing from direct application to cover-ups, animal portraits, color and   black and gray, and consultations
• Handles direct customer service and sales with personal communication skills
• Current Alliance of Professional Tattooists Member since 2001 (P1898)
• Current National Tattoo Association Member since 2004
● Cambridge Who’s Who Lifetime member and Entrepreneur of the Year 2008

Objective

Aspires to be a tattoo shop owner/Aspires to obtain instructor status for the APT’s PDTT course /Aspires to be NJ state representative for the APT

 Professional Experience History

  • Tattoo Artist, Ink Spot West, Greenbrook, NJ. 1998 -2007
    • Worked directly with all types of customers and applied tattoos, consulted on design, body placement and integration with anatomy
    • Worked in all three locations of the company; Elizabeth, Greenbrook, and Linden
    • Worked as a Waiting Room Assistant (1997-1998) – Answered phone, managed appointments, liaison between customer and artist, shop appearance

 

•    Guest Artist, No Ka Oi Tiki Tattoo/Body Graphics, Philadelphia, PA.  Intermittently 2005-Present

    • Worked directly with all types of customers and applied tattoos, consulted on design, body placement and integration with anatomy

 

•    Tattoo Artist, Ink Spot, Linden, NJ. 2009

    • Worked directly with all types of customers and applied tattoos, consulted on design, body placement and integration with anatomy

 

•    Tattoo Artist, Bayside Ink, Beachwood, NJ. 2009

    • Worked directly with all types of customers and applied tattoos, consulted on design, body placement and integration with anatomy

 

•    Tattoo Artist, Tattoo Tony’s Under My Skin, Atlantic Highlands, NJ. 2009-2011

    • Worked directly with all types of customers and applied tattoos, consulted on design, body placement and integration with anatomy

 

•    Guest Artist, Lucky Lou’s, Atlantic City, NJ. 2011-present

    • Worked directly with all types of customers and applied tattoos, consulted on design, body placement and integration with anatomy

 

•    Guest Artist, Biagio’s Tattoo Gallery, Denville, NJ. 2011-present

    • Worked directly with all types of customers and applied tattoos, consulted on design, body placement and integration with anatomy

 

•    Guest Artist, Tattoos Are Forever, North Arlington, NJ. 2011-present

    • Worked directly with all types of customers and applied tattoos, consulted on design, body placement and integration with anatomy

 

•    Tattoo Artist, Om Body Piercing, Keansburg, NJ. 2011-present

    • Worked directly with all types of customers and applied tattoos, consulted on design, body placement and integration with anatomy


•    Tattoo Artist, Ink Obsession, Cookstown, NJ. 2012-2015

    • Worked directly with all types of customers and applied tattoos, consulted on design, body placement and integration with anatomy


•    Owner/Tattoo ArtistRadiant Energy Tattoo, Brick, NJ. 2015-present

 

Convention and Expo Experience

  • Best in the Midwest (Council Bluffs, IA ), 2012
    •  Primary Booth Holder - representing self
  • Atlanta Tattoo Arts Festival (Atlanta, Georgia ), 2011
    •  Primary Booth Holder - representing self
  • Rock the Ink (Ontario, California ), 2009
    •  Primary Booth Holder - representing self
  • Rock the Ink (Albuquerque, New Mexico ), 2009
    •  Primary Booth Holder - representing self
  • Rock the Ink (Providence, Rhode Island ), 2008-2009
    •  Primary Booth Holder - representing self
  • Beijing International  Tattoo Expo (Beijing, China), 2010
    •  Primary Booth Holder - representing self
  • Visionary Tattoo Expo (Asbury Park, New Jersey ),2010-2011
    •  Secondary Booth Holder - representing Under My Skin studio and self
  • Visionary Tattoo Expo (Miami, Florida ),2009
    •  Primary Booth Holder - representing self
  • Baltimore Tattoo Expo (Baltimore, Maryland), 2010
    •  Secondary Booth Holder - representing Under My Skin studio and self
  • Wild Wild West Tattoo Expo (Tucson, Arizona), 2007
    •  Primary Booth Holder - representing The Ink Spot studios and self
  • Annual Tampa Bay Tattoofest (Tampa, Florida), 2007-Present
    • Primary Booth Holder - representing The Ink Spot studios and self
  • Old School Tattoo Expo (St. Louis, Missouri), 2006-Present
    • Primary Booth Holder - representing The Ink Spot studios and self
  • Drawin’ The Wildcard Atlantic City Convention (Atlantic City, New Jersey), 2005-2008
    • Primary Booth Holder - representing The Ink Spot Studios and self
  • Marked for Life All Female Convention (Orlando, Florida), 2004-Present
    • Primary Booth Holder - representing The Ink Spot studios and self
    • 3rd Place Winner (Category: Cover-Up), 2006
    • 1st Place  Winner (Category: Best Banner of Show), 2008
  • New Orleans Tattoo VooDoo Expo (New Orleans, Louisiana), 2006
  • Meadowlands Tattoo Convention (Secaucus, New Jersey), 2005
    • Secondary Booth Holder – representing Body Graphics
  • Boston Tattoo Convention (Boston, Massachusetts), 2005-2009
    • Primary Booth holder - representing The Ink Spot Studios and self
  • Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention (Philadelphia, PA), 2005-2007, 2011
    • Primary Booth holder - representing The Ink Spot Studios and self
    • Secondary Booth Holder –representing Under My Skin studio and self (2011)
  • Tattoo Cruise (New Orleans, Miami, Fort Lauderdale), 2003-2005
    • Seminar Attendee (certificates listed below)
  • CNY Skin Art Ball (Liverpool, New York), 2003
    • Primary Booth Holder - representing The Ink Spot Studios and self

Education

•    Blood Borne Pathogens, Alliance of Professional Tattooists                                         2000-Present

    • Cross Contamination Training and Certification
    • Membership P1898

•    Tattooing From Beginning To End  (Seminar Instructor: Brandon Bond)                                      2006

    • Selection of illustration
    • Photo reference
    • Body positioning
    • Cropping an image
    • Talking clients into bigger and better artwork
    • Beginning a custom portfolio
    • Machines
    • Needles
    • Ink selection
    • Color palette
    • COLOR BLENDING
    • How to get a client to be able to sit longer
    • Highlights
    • Negative space
    • When is a tattoo really finished?
    • Open discourse of question and answer involving everything from making the stencil, whether to even use lines or not and how to properly do both.
    • How to properly photograph an image, what magazines are looking for

•    Machine Building Seminar Instructor: “Bowery Stan” Moskowitz Marked for Life (Orlando)  2005

    • One on one machine building
    • Informal history lesson
    • Left seminar with new just built machine

• Kean University                                                                                                  2004-2005        

    • Small Business Development Center seminars designed to help budding entrepreneurs

•    Raritan Valley College                                                                                     2003-2004  

    • Small Business Development Center seminars designed to help budding entrepreneurs

•    Union County College                                                                                                       2001-2002

    • An overview course covering all aspects of running your own small business

•    Guy Aitchison’s Reinventing the Tattoo (Philadelphia, PA)                                                   2001

    • A seminar covering every aspect of tattooing from customer comfort to pigments, machine set up, healing, needle groupings, etc.
    • Group critique of individual  participates tattoo work
    • Access to a current on-line forum with seminar attendance and book  purchase

•    Tattoo Apprenticeship (Mentor: Steve Ferguson, Greenbrook, NJ)                                         1998

  • Customer Service, Machine Maintenance, Tattoo Technique, Needle Making and  Cover-ups                    

•    Rutgers University         Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art (Concentration Oil Painting)         1994-1998
                                                  Minor: Psychology                                     


Tattoo Cruise Continuing Education Seminars                                                               2003-2005

•    2005

    • Deano Cook-Advance Techniques in Color Realism
    • Telisa Swan-Graphic Design Techniques in Tattooing
    • Dave Martinez-Color Techniques
    • Lyle Tuttle-Tattoo Machines

•    2004

    • Lyle Tuttle-Machine Building and Tattoo History
    • Dick Goldman-Taxes and Business Strategy
    • Dennis Dwyer-Health and Safety Issues in Tattooing
    • Deano Cook-Advanced Color Techniques
    • Gill Montie-Ethics in Modern Tattoo World
    • Bill Demichele-Photographing your Tattoos
    • Dave Martinez-Color blending and Techniques
    • Brian Everett-Photo Realistic Black and Gray

•    2003

    • Paul Booth- Right Brain Theory
    • Lyle Tuttle-Machine Building and Tattoo History
    • Mini APT Course-Health and Safety Issues in Tattooing
    • Brian Everett-Photo Realistic Black and Gray
    • Mike Leggero-Sales and Marketing for Tattoo Studios

Personal

•    Owner of Radiant Energy, LLC, applicant’s independent contractor company (inc.2002), actively working toward a physical location in near future
•    Singer with the Schwäbischer Sängerbund Mixed Chorus, a traveling German American choir
•    Familiar with German and Spanish
•    Jewelry building
•    Oil and acrylic painting and drawing
•    Reading (book collector)
•    Photography
•    Avid traveler