I was born and raised in Petaluma California, just above San Francisco and moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2009. That’s ultimately where I started my journey into piercing. I'm an outdoorsy person, any excuse I have to get out and be away from the city ill take it, big water human for sure, love swimming. I’ve been vegan for about seven years and couldn’t ever imagine having to eat an animal ever again. I'm a cat dad of two, ones blind the other just grumpy had them since they were tiny lil nuggets.
I started piercing almost by accident, always wanted to but never had the chance to learn in a quality shop and that’s the only way I felt it acceptable. Pre-teen John was constantly on BME taking in all the awesome stuff wishing I could be there one day, had no idea id be here now! I started piercing under Aaron Solomon at Velvet Elvis piercing in Portland Oregon and have worked in several studios around PDX before ultimately accepting the offer from the lovely Deep Roots crew in Seattle where I currently call home. This shop is vastly different from the one I grew up in but my career has grown and I'm constantly improving in all ways here.
I’m a huge daith fanatic, LOVE all the jewelry options (especially that Indra clicker from Buddha Jewelry) from super blinged out to lovely and simple in design its a great unique piercing that’s really fun to do for me. Yellow gold is a classic for sure that I feel has never let me down. Love a good black stone and yellow gold combo keeping texture and sparkle evenly weighed to make a nice matching outfit. I Use a ton of BJO here at deep roots and quite bit of BVLA as well definitely never disappointed.
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