I was born and raised in Madison, WI, and in the fall of 1983 I got my first tattoo.
I went to school for art, and in 1989 I graduated with a BFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
I left Madison and lived in Minneapolis for a couple of years, working as a guard at The Walker Art Center, until the fall of 1991 when I moved to Chicago to go to graduate school. Then in 1993 I finished school with an MFA in Art Theory and Practice from Northwestern University. I started tattooing in Madison, WI in June of 1993.
In the fall of 1995 I moved to Minneapolis and opened The Ink Lab.