The creation of lost wax bronze or aluminum sculptures is a long and meditative process. Watching a piece evolve from concept to completion is an undertaking that takes patience and determination. As a metal sculptor, I particularly like bronze because of its structural properties; you can hang objects out in space, elevate portions of a piece, create works that look fragile and delicate, yet stand the test of time.

I began learning the techniques involved in cast metal sculpture at San Jose State University. While at San Jose State, I met my future business partner, and we started putting together a plan to create a facility for artists in Humboldt County, Northern California. After getting my degree in 2005 (BFA Spatial Arts) I moved to Humboldt to create Unauthorized Art.

I worked as the live-in manager of Unauthorized Art for four years, teaching workshops in welding and bronze sculpture techniques to local artists. The facility also offered a glassblowing shop, a jewelry lab, and private studios for local artists. It was a lifelong dream of mine to be able to live and work in an art foundry like Unauthorized Art.

While in Humboldt, I met Merky Waters, of Nor-Cal Tattoo, and he introduced me to the world of tattoo machines. I spent a long time studying and learning the tricks of the trade, and I've got a little stable of machines now that I designed and build on an ongoing basis. Making custom tattoo machines is a really cool little endeavor, somewhere between art and trade. I essentially make tools for artists, and as an artist myself, it feels good to know that I've created hundreds of little monster machines that are out in the world somewhere, and they're all churning out cool little works of art everyday.

Unfortunately, some dreams are too good to be true. My partners in the endeavor were some strange cats, and to this day I don't understand exactly what happenned, but they lost interest in the project very early on, after spending ungodly sums of money on what was supposed to be a lifelong dream of theirs, too. They withdrew the funding, the support, and eventually stopped talking to me altogether.

I fought to make Unauthorized Art succeed for four long years, but in the end it was too big a job for one broke artist. I jumped ship, and moved back to the Bay Area, to marry my college sweetheart, and start over. I've rebuilt my shop, and I'm working on art and tattoo machines as much as I can, but I had to go get a "real job" in the mean-time, until I can reach a point where I can make a living on my art.

-I haven't given up yet....

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