Work History

Work History
Feb 1997 - Present

Artist/Co-owner

Independent Tattoo Inc.

Independent Tattoo Inc.

36666 Bluewater Run W.

Unit 3

Selbyville, DE 19975

Apr 2013 - Present

Artist/Co-owner

Ancient Art Tattoo

Ancient Art Tattoo was established by Peggi Hurley in 1994. After many years tattooing in Florida, Peggi decided to return to her place of birth to continue the time honored tradition of permanently marking the skin. She has built a reputation for quality, cleanliness and caring which permeates everything that she does.

In 2013 Peggi decided to semi-retire so she sold Ancient Art Tattoo to Matthew Amey, Jason Goldberg, and Martin LaCasse.

Education

Education

Skills

Skills

Painting

Experienced with many mediums, I am primarily an oil painter.

Photographer

I have been shooting wildlife and nature for a number of years and will continue to explore the many possibilities that photography, as an art form, has to offer.

Tattoo Artist

Tattooing professionally since 1991 and I continue to hone my skills on a daily basis.  I have owned and operated Independent Tattoo Inc., located in coastal southern Delaware, since 1997.   I have published two books for the tattoo industry:  Skull Reference and Skull Project  

Summary

Why make art? Because sometimes ideas and opinions are difficult to express through words. As a result, I often feel compelled to translate concepts into visual statements.As a boy I was indoctrinated into the cultural paradigm that I could “do anything I set my mind to.” That’s what I strive to do - create what I imagine. I conceive an idea, then work through the challenges of its implementation and construction to take the project to its fruition.When exploring an idea I feel a compulsion towards quality craftsmanship, but I am also becoming more intrigued by underlying concepts as I expand my knowledge of the visual arts.My work is influenced by my career as a professional tattoo artist, which has stretched over two decades. The figurative and illustrative aspects of tattoo art is difficult to suppress, and my tattooing experience has led to a desire to include some form of realism into my fine art work.Much of this work is rooted in painting, although recently I have been working with traditional printmaking methods and three-dimensional sculptural pieces. Recent works include a series of portraits in oil on canvas that depict various people with whom I interact, a sculptural piece in which a glass of fresh water sits just out of reach atop a nine foot tall pedestal, and a series of screen printed images on paper that represent America’s cultural fascination with guns.The idea of using my work to inspire others to think is an exciting and fulfilling interaction for me. Starting a conversation through my art is a complicated process that begins with imagination, rises through creation, and hopefully takes life as an inspiration to others. I find myself constantly repeating this mantra:     Imagine. Create. Inspire.

Various awards and accolades.

2012

Plein Air Brandywine ValleyJuried Art Competition

Uncommon Goods - wall art challenge winner

Brooklyn, New York

Not Yet Famous Artists Revealed - Juried group show - honorable mention

Wilmington, Delaware

2011

Plein Air Brandywine Valley

Juried Art Competition

Summer Research Fellowship

University of Delaware

Not Yet Famous Artists Revealed - Juried group show - May 6th

Wilmington, Delaware

2010

Dean's List - Fall Semester

University of Delaware

Juried Undergraduate Student Exhibition - April 2010 - Painting Award

University of Delaware

Dean's List - Spring Semester

University of Delaware

Not Yet Famous Artists Revealed - Juried Art Show 2010 - Painting Award

University of Delaware

2009

Dean's List - Fall Semester

University of Delaware

Dean's List - Spring Semester

University of Delaware

Undergraduate Juried Art Exhibition 2009 - Illustration award

University of Delaware

2008

Dean's List - Fall Semester

University of Delaware

Rehoboth Art League

70th Annual Members' Fine Art Exhibition

Taiwan International Tattoo Convention

Best Tattoo of the day

2006

Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention

1st place overall male

2nd International London Tattoo Convention Oct. 6-7-8

Certificate of participation

2005

1st International London Tattoo Convention

Certificate of participation

NYC Tattoo Convention

3rd place best overall tattooed person

2004

Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention

1st place best color back piece

2003

Forged in Ink

3rd Place best sleeve (arm or leg) male

2002

1st Annual Washington DC Tattoo Expo

Top three artists choice - Best Color Small

2nd Annual Tattoo Contest

Sponsored by Vertigo Tattoo & the Pit

Best overall

5th Annual NYC Tattoo Convention

2nd place best color

Tattoo the Earth

Oakland, CA

2nd place overall male

2001

Massachusetts Tattoo Festival

1st place Best Overall Male

Cleveland Rocks Tattoo Show

Most Covered

1 st place Best Male Color

3rd Annual Obbey's Tattoo Convention

1 st place Best Sleeve

1 st place Best Back Piece

2 nd best Best Portrait

4th Annual NYC Tattoo Convention

3rd place best overall tattooed person

2000

8th Annual Richmond Tattoo Arts Festival

1st place best sleeve

2nd place large tattoo

3rd Annual NYC Tattoo Convention

2nd place best color tattoo

1999

Generation XPO

1st Best back piece

1st best sleeve

1st best portrait

10th Annual Tattoo Convention Berlin

2nd place most realistic tattoo

The New Extreme Millenium 2000 Tattoo Extravaganza

Best tattoo sleeve

Best of show

1998

Richmond Tattoo Arts Festival

1st place best black & gray

1st place large tattoo

2nd place best sleeve

Forged in Ink

1st place best black & gray male large

1997

Richmond Tattoo Arts Festival November

1st place best black & white tattoo

Mardi Gras Tattoo Convention

New Orleans Louisiana

1st place color back piece male

1996

Richmond Tattoo Arts Festival

2nd place best sleeve

1st place most realistic