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I began tattooing in the Atlanta area in 1995 when I was 15 years old, though it didn't become my full time profession until 1998. I was apprenticed by my father Rod Kelly. He was introduced to tattooing through outlaw biker culture in the early 80's. As a child I was captivated by the images tattooed on my dad and his friends - skulls, eagles, panthers, naked women, wizards, grim reapers... these images are the heart and soul of tattooing for me.

I believe in the rebellious spirit of tattooing. That tattoos represent who you are, who you were, or who you will one day become. Tattooing is about art just as much as it is about symbolism and establishing your own folklore. Telling your story in your own timeline.

I've worked at several different shops in the Atlanta area. 5 years of my career was spent working for Cap Szumski at Timeless Tattoo. I've also worked at Russ Abbott's Ink and Dagger and Phil Colvin's Memorial Tattoo. In September 2012 I opened Live Free Tattoo in the Grant Park neighborhood of Atlanta. My passion for my life is to carry on the tradition of traveling and tattooing.

I appreciate that tattooing is a folk art made by hands and tools and I try to stay true to the traditions of the past.

If you'd like to get tattooed please email me and I'll write you back. Thanks!

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"White Lines and Black Dogs"

"WHITE LINES AND BLACK DOGS" Friday February 4th Youngblood Gallery

Beginning in 2008 I spent between 2 and 3 years mostly on the road. Mostly gone. I divorced my wife and i quit my job. i left sometimes for a week. Sometimes a month. Sometimes longer. Almost always traveling alone but meeting up with so many crazy people on the way. Amazing inspiring people who filled my life with stories and experiences and so much beauty during a wild and unpredictable season. 

On Friday February 4th, 2011 at Young Blood gallery in Atlanta, GA, I’m having an art show opening to commemorate and celebrate this time and all of the friends and artists who were inspirational or influential during it. 

Below is a list of artists and tattooers who have confirmed their participation in the show. I’ll be adding more names as more people confirm. There will be tons of originals and prints for sale. The opening will begin at 7:00 and go until 11:00. The after party will be held next door at the Highland Inn Ballroom. Atlanta locals Royal Thunder will be playing the after party. Everyone’s invited! 

www.myspace.com/royalthundermusic

 Artists-

Steve Turner, Wichita KS 

"Ugly" Tom Michael, Charlotte NC

Wes Carter, Bowling Green KT

Glenn Wilson, Wilmington NC

Adam Shrewsbury, Ann Arbor MI

Crash, Newnan GA

Tilt, Champaign IL

Christian Ratchford, Augusta GA

Ben Thomas, Mobile AL

Nick Barnes, Nashville TN

Aaron Richards, Nashville TN

Mike Pinto, Denver CO

Grady Spades, Baltimore MD

Keet Darms, Atlanta GA

Jef Wright, Grand Rapids MI

Michael Scott Cooper, Knoxville TN

Danny Reed, Asheville NC

William Thidemann, Denver CO

Dave Kruseman, Douglasville GA

Dan Rick, Detroit MI

Joseph Diprojetto, Rochester NY

Hannah Sandstrom, San Francisco CA

Sandi Calistro, Denver CO

Eric Michalovic, Columbia SC

Davide, Rome Italy

Scott Lukacs, St Petersburg FL

Jason Thomas, Jackson MS

Haley Zontini, Columbus OH

Esben L. Rey, Tampa FL

Kenny Brown, Fredericksburg VA

Cameron Sweet, New Orleans LA

Heidi Ho, Seattle WA

Nate Hall, Greensboro NC

Phil Colvin, Atlanta GA

Jason Fritze, IN

Andy Sharpe, Buffalo NY

Jason Donahue, San Francisco CA

Shay Cannon, Atlanta GA

Doughboy, Bowling Green KT

Chance Kenyon, Fredericksburg VA

Russ Abbott, Decatur GA

Nate Fish, Charlotte NC

Gary Yoxen, Atlanta GA

Dave Iaquinta, Columbia SC

Jay Bargoil, Denton MD

JR Tubbs, OH

"Boxcar" Craig Chazen, Buffalo NY

Chris Stuart, Charlotte NC

Mark Green, Rome GA

Stenvik Mostrom, Atlanta GA

Cyndi Lou, Portland ME

Margot Audler, Jacksonville FL

Ashley Adiano, Atlanta GA

Ish Johnson, CO

Amy Davison, Douglasville GA

Jason Smalley, Marietta GA

Mike French, Charlotte NC

Aaron Hodges, San Francisco CA

Charles Chatov, Atlanta GA

Kelley Drake, Fredericksburg VA

Justin Hyde, Canonsburg PA

Jennifer Morris, Atlanta GA

Justin Shaw, Santa Rosa CA

Ginger Anderson, Atlanta GA

Josh Mason, Canonsburg PA

Brian Gattis, Atlanta GA

Ben Cheese, Santa Rosa CA

Dave Scearce, Charlotte NC

Joel Molina, Champaign Il

Krooked Ken, Denton MD

Kaley Baker, Atlanta GA

Darcy Del Priore, Columbia SC 

Radar, Athens GA

John Collins, Athens GA

Devin O’Neill, Atlanta GA

Erica Schrag, Atlanta GA

Matt Klawon, Atlanta GA

Marcos Velez, Atlanta GA

Brett Pundt, Atlanta GA

Alan Berg, Atlanta GA

Jeremy Lewis, Columbia SC

Pete Donin, Columbia SC

Ill be adding to this list as the show develops.