Spike provides a clean, comfortable, professional environment for every client that walks through the door. You can expect the personal care and attention you deserve when you come to Spike.
He leaves his customers feeling happy, satisfied, and ready to care for their new tattoo after every visit. Spike changes lives every day in ways that are so much more than skin deep. He focuses on the details of every project. Whether he is bringing a memorial of a loved one to life or just paying homage to a client’s favorite hero, Spike is leading the industry in customer service and satisfaction.
How He came up...
Before discovering his passion for tattoo artistry, Spike spent the first part of his life in Red Wing, Minnesota where he spent much of his youth skateboarding, snowboarding, drawing, painting and pranking his home town. He had many jobs as a kid and young adult including a lucrative career as a DJ for concerts, events, and local strip club. After attending college in 1998 and receiving a Associates of science degree in Personal Computers and Local Area Networking, Spike decided to follow his passion and began his career as a tattoo artist. At the age of 22 years old. He started off as a shop rat and was eventually offered an apprenticeship at Red Wing Tattoo (MN).
He went through a traditional apprenticeship and worked hard to learn the secrets of the trade. There, he started to develop his own preferences and personal style. This is also around the time when he began to sharpen his skills in a variety of other artistically related areas, including painting and photography. Spike spent 6 years at Red Wing Tattoo as an apprentice and then an artist before accepting an offer in 2007 to work at North Shore Tattoo in Oahu, Hawaii.
Giving in to his passion for life and learning, he quickly signed up for a painting class at the Honolulu Museum of Art, and picked up the local hobby of surfing. In 2010 Spike migrated to the other side of the island where he began work as an artist at Momentum Tattoo, in Kapolei Hawaii. During Spikes seven years in Hawaii, he has had the opportunity to work with some great tattoo artists!! He has had many opportunities to expand on his skills with a broad range of clientele that included the Hawaiian locals, tourists, and military alike. He was able to add Polynesian style tattooing to his repertoire while working closely with the local artists. Spike was also able to practice and perfect his technique with colorful, abstract, and Asian tattoo styles.
Spike moved to Southern California in February of 2013. During his career Spike has had many opportunities to travel the country and visit shops and tattoo conventions where he has picked up tips and tricks from some of the leading and most popular tattoo artists around. The time Spike spent in Hawaii provided him with a tourist and military clientele base of people that literally travel the world and back to return to Spike for their 2nd, 3rd, and 4th tattoos.
Spike continues to advance his skills and push his art even farther. He will continue to travel between Minnesota, Hawaii, and California to accommodate his past and future clients. You may also be able to catch him at one of the number of tattoo conventions on his schedule along the way. Contact him today so he can help you compose a beautiful image for your future tattoo.
When not working, Spike spends his time: Spending time with his family, painting, off-roading, working in his garden and around his Anza ranch, photography, and enjoying his horses. Spike also enjoys making art by painting in oil, acrylic, liquid acrylic, & markers. (Spike’s art is available for purchase)
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