After receiving a degree in painting from the Florida School of the Arts, I joined the military. I spent six years in the Navy as a nuclear mechanic on a submarine in the North Atlantic, which left me with a desire to find a more people friendly profession. On a whim, I purchased a bunch of tattoo equipment and started working on some brave co-workers. Everyone turned out fine, so I kept at it. Shortly after I left the service I stumbled upon a shop in Willington, CT. It introduced me to working in a custom shop environment. After two years of exclusively tattooing though, I grew restless and went back to school. In 2011, I completed my bachelor's degree in illustration from the University of Connecticut.
I was never a fan of loud and crowded tattoo shops so I opened my own, RLMG Tattoos. The business worked as an art gallery, painting studio space, and single occupancy tattoo shop. The shop was a runaway success, but eventually the cold winters started wearing on Liz and I. We decided to move to Central Florida because of the delicious food and year round sunshine. In 2016, I opened a new RLMG Tattoos in downtown Orlando. Again I ran the place by myself for three years until I realized it was time to expand. The latest shop is called Sandtiger Tattoos. It's located in Longwood, FL and provides more than enough space for additional artists. Every artist has an individual room to guarantee personal attention, privacy, and zero distractions.
Between prepping for tattoos, recreational drawing on skateboards, and playing with my kids, I have no other life to speak of.