Body Tattoo Biography
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HOMETOWN: Back woods hollows of the Ozark Mountains
EARLY INFLUENCES: Aside from being raised by a traveling band of pagan hippie folk artist he also contributes Mad Comics, Harry Crumb, Saturday morning cartoons & Kung Fu Theater.
FIRST TATTOO: A cliché hand poked cross on hand that has since been covered up three times, followed almost immediately by "MOM" on shoulder, at the tender age of 12.
FIRST REAL TATTOO:"MOM" was cover by the prestigious Tattoo Artist Bill Liberty in Sacramento Ca. with a scorpion that still looks great.
APPRENTICESHIP: 1995-1997; Rick studied diligently under the watchful and wise eyes of James Foster at The Underground Tattoo Studio Just outside Wichita Ks.
EARLY INFLUENCES: Jack Rudy, Gill Monty, Brian Everett, Bill Liberty, Paul Booth, Cat Spencer just to name a few.
FIRST JOB TATTOOING: 1997-1998; At Custom Skin Design in Richland Wa. for Todd "SAGESQUATCH" Gustafson.
DISSAPPEARANCE: 1998-1999; It is believed Rick was abducted by aliens and farmed, against his will and under great protest for his superior DNA.
REAPPEARANCE: 1999- 2002; The aliens were nice enough to drop Rick off at Punkteur Body Piercing & Tattoos in Joplin Mo. Which is now owned By Rick's Former Apprentice Cory Shepard.
TEXAS REBIRTH: 2002-2008; After some meandering and restlessness, tattooing in obscure parts of Texas, Rick finally found a home at AMAZING TATTOO. Having the Privilege of working with Some of the best in the business, Matthew "Wojo" Wojciechowski, Steve Comeaux and, Ryan Scroggins to name a few. These guys were extremely influential all though the tenure seemed short lived. AMAZING TATTOO collapsed in 2009. A rafter must have had hit Rick in the head, causing some brain trauma. BECAUSE.......
2009-PRESENT: Rick moves to Tulsa Oklahoma and becomes a capitalist. Together with His two best friends, Cory Sheppard and Mike Kelton, open KARMA TATTOO AND BODY PIERCING. Now poised in the center of the United States, and in perfect tactical position to take over the world, Rick can be found most days in the studio ready to take on what ever Tattoo idea you come up with.
FAVORITE SUBJECT TO TATTOO: Black and gray creepy stuff, super colorful flowery girlie stuff, tribal, cover-ups, flash, yo baby's momma's name.
OTHER ART MEDIUMS: water color, colored pencils, makers, or what ever he gets his grubby hands on.
Stanley prides himself on being very versatile and able to do any tattoo style, but his favorites are biomechanical, bio-organic, and new-school. He loves creating big, bright, colorful tattoos.
Being in the Marines trained him to pay attention to every detail, and he applies that training to his tattoos by working extremely hard to make everything as perfect as he can get it. His colleagues know him as being always eager to learn and improve.
Stanley grew up in Pittsburgh but lived in Southern California for four years and spent four years in the Marines, during which he traveled the world and served in both Afghanistan and Iraq.
His first tattoo was a Marine Corps tattoo that he got in San Diego when he was 19, and he’s continued to add to his collection ever since, acquiring new ink across the U.S. as well as Australia.
Stanley has been drawing his entire life and always thought about becoming a tattoo artist, but really never had the time to pursue it until a close family member offered him an apprenticeship. He jumped at the opportunity to learn how to be a tattoo artist, and hasn’t looked back since.
Stanley is blood-borne pathogen certified and is proud of finishing his apprenticeship in only 7 months. Most tattoo apprenticeships last a couple of years, but Stanley’s ended when he started teaching his mentor new techniques.
“I love being a tattoo artist and enjoy every day I come to work and am able to put a piece of art on someone’s skin,” he says.
His inspirations include Guy Aitchison and Don McDonald, who both specialize in bio-organic tattoos.
He likes the fact there are a lot of tattoo artists in Pittsburgh with whom he can draw and paint and learn different tattooing techniques. He looks forward to attending seminars on different styles of tattooing.
When Stanley is not at work, he spends a lot of time drawing and painting, and he enjoys going out for drinks to socialize with friends and meet new people. His other hobbies include BMX, dirt bikes, and snowboarding.