Born and raised in Winston-Salem, NC, at an early age I found myself drawn to keeping a sketch book with me at all times. I was constantly drawing and tweaking images, shapes and shadows from my surroundings. I believe that I perceived myself as a visual artist, of sorts. Be it the way light settles on a plant, the shadows it casts or something as simple as a smile, objects of this nature have always invoked emotion in me, which in turn, has inspired me to create over the years. I imagine these emotions begin to draw me to the growing tattoo / body modification sub culture of the nineties.
In 1997, I had the honor apprenticing under Kri Samadhi to learning his technique and philosophies pertaining to body piercing. As a result of my apprenticeship with Kri, I was offered a tattoo apprenticeship along the side of Sisavanh Saycocie.
The early 2000’s found me leaving the tattoo & body piercing world for a nine to five job. I regretted my decision as the years past. Then, later after faced with divorce, custody battles and death of my brother, I finally started to wake up. I hated my nine to five life. I had no creative outlet. I wasn’t being inspired nor was I inspiring others.
In 2009, a random conversion with an old friend changed it all as he asked, “Why aren’t you tattooing anymore?” I didn’t know how to answer. I believe this question was the spark that fueled me to start drawing again with passion as I slowing started rediscovering myself page by page. Then with the help and guidance from Daniel Ferguson and Chris Powers (I owe everything to these two guys), I was able to slowly work my way back into tattoo. Happily, in 2010, I was able to leave my nine to five rut and dedicate myself, my life, to tattoo again.
I’m certainly working at Ink Well Tattoo in Winston-Salem, NC, with Barry Walker who has been another positive force in my tattoo career. My goal now is to immerse and educate myself as well as to grow as an artist and father.
Thanks for reading, Dale