I was drawing constantly by the time I was 8 or 9. My father's freaky friends encouraged my efforts, and mentioned on more than one occasion that I should consider being a tattoo artist. I didn't think much of it then... I wanted to draw comics. The art, though, has several parallels, including (at the time) a reliance on heavy black line to define form and a minimal color pallet. In high school, my friends and fellow artists had the same suggestion, but then that was the 80's and I was about as far from the tattoo industry as one could get. It would still be several years before wide-spread legalization was to occur.