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My goal for 2020 is to hit the road tattooing at different shops around the west coast, southwest, and Rocky Mountain region of the United States. I will be giving up my home in Bellingham, WA. where I have studied tattooing to see if I can grow my skills by transforming into a tumbleweed. I adore my current position, but it is clear that gaining experience within a walk in shop is crucial to my growth in the tattoo industry. I hope to find a shop that could commit either two weeks or up to one month of chair space. I expect to handle walk ins, but will be open to whatever project is deemed fitting. Characteristically I like asking questions and receiving input in matters concerning design, tattooing techniques, and lifestyle manageability. If I find a city and a shop that I fit well into, I am open for discussion of a permanent spot.
Tattoo Apprentice at Esoterum Art Space
March 2017 – Current. Private tattoo studio lead by Brian Tichelaar (@The.Ancient.Dark). Studied under the guidance of Brian for the first year and a half. Started tattooing July 2018. Finished apprenticeship March 2020.
Owner of Rockenbach Productions
June 2013 – Current. Sole proprietor of a company which offers Graphic Design, Videography and Movie Editing services. Clients include Aplenglow Extracts (@alpenglowextracts) for their logo design and other advertising. As well as volunteering with the international NGO Ecopolitan Eco-Health Community to create a documentary about the organization and their help in rural Nepal.
Creative Director of The Stamp and Coin Place
February 2013 – February 2015. Accomplishments include building two websites, creating their studio for product photography, designing a logo and spearheading their social media presence. These actions help the company gain Top Rated Seller status on their eBay account. Another project completed during my time here was a collectables magazine in the style of a coffee table reader called Trouvaille. As well as managing their art gallery space and appraising rare items.
Visual Art Diploma from Idyllwild Arts Academy
Graduating class of 2006. Enrolled in sculpture, ceramics, fashion design, 35mm film photography, design, drawing, and painting.
BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design
Graduating class of 2011. Enrolled in photography, printmaking, design, drawing, and painting.
- Custom tattoo design
- Freehand design
- Unique personal style
- Good mimic of style
- Great customer service skills
- Attention to detail
- High level of cleanliness
- Coil machine operator
- Understanding of machine maintenance
- Adobe programs Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom and Premier Pro
- DSLR camera operator
- Web design
- Web programming
- Html and css
- Basic branding concepts
- Magnetic personality
- Highly prized sense of humor
- Ability to make due in any situation
- Washington State Licensed Tattooer.
- Bloodborne Pathogens Certificate. Valid through March/06/2021 and all states excluding CA, FL, MN.
- Sole Proprietor business license for WA state. I pay annual taxes through 1099s or personal tax for the sale of services through Rockenbach Productions.
The Mission: Chapter One
In hopes of keeping travel cost low and organization optimal, I will be looking for 1-2 shops to host me per month. The map below is a clear outline of where I am planning on traveling and when, however slight deviation from the plan is always welcome.