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JAKE

Tattooist

My working career started out in the Restaurant Industry. About as far as one could be from the world of tattooing. I lived and worked at the Lake of the Ozarks. I had gotten tattoos here and there and this sparked my desire to use my artistic talent. For me tattooing was going to be much more than a job, it was going to be my lifestyle.


I worked for about 6 months trying to learn tattooing on my own, but was not satisfied with my progress. I heard about Miller Cotton and his reputation as a tattoo artist and wanted to learn from the best. I would go to Springfield on my days off and hang out at his shop, running errands, answering phones and absorbing everything I could of his knowledge and talent. I wanted to show Miller my desire to learn. To let him see that I was a worthy candidate for an apprentice position in his shop. I knew that to be the best I had to learn from the best.  The rest is history. I did my first tattoo in the fall of 1992 and have been tattooing ever since. I have had the great privilege of traveling around the country and tattooing beside some of the best artists in the industry. Always watching and always learning. 

I have had the great experience of traveling to, and tattooing in, such places as Daytona Bike Week, Laconia Bike Week, and Sturgis Bike Week, and various other independent tattoo conventions. I have been to Easyrider Invitational Bike show in Columbus, several times, and this has always been one of my favorite places to visit and tattoo. I have had the great honor to be featured in several tattoo magazines. One if my greatest achievements as an artist, was to earn the coveted cover of Tattoo Magazine. I have won several awards and trophies locally, as well as a Best Tattoo of the Day Award at a Convention in Pittsburg, Kansas. I guess you could say I have come a long way from the young man who wanted to use his artistic talent as a career.

You could say my specialty is what my client wants. I do it all big or small, but really enjoy black and gray work. Although most of my time is spent doing what I love, tattooing, I do take time to enjoy other things in life, such as motorcycling, restoring my old cars, hunting, fishing, jewelry making, and most of all spending time with my best friend, my dog. I am very blessed to be able to do the things I do, and have a job I take great pride in and enjoy doing. Not very many people can say that in this day and age.