If friends can be counted on for anything it is occasionally giving a gift that provides that catalytic push to bring someone close enough to their dreams that they have no choice but to embrace the chance and take the ride. That's how I felt when two friends who liked my art gave me a tattoo machine for my birthday a few years ago. Starting with nothing but anxious courage I knew that an apprenticeship was the correct vehicle for my journey. After a few ups and downs and rights and lefts I was very fortunate to earn one under Steve at Anchor Ink Tattoo. My two years here have been fecund with awesome opportunities to learn and to further master my abilities as a tattoo artist with a great respect for tradition and an esthetic devotion to this beautiful art form.