Jake was born in Buffalo N.Y. There he was taught by his Grandmother at an early age to draw. This sparked his passion for art and continued to practice through out his school years.
She later past after moving to Charlotte and Jake graduated high school. At her funeral his Mother told him that, “She always wanted you to do something with your art”. Tattooing! He always wanted to learn to tattoo, but how?
After countless attempts and missed direction he was finally introduced to Joey Mother Fuckin Vernon. The man himself. Under the wing of Joey he was given a rare opportunity, a proper apprenticeship at the award winning Fu’s Custom Tattoos. Here Jake spent years of hard work as Joey’s apprentice and it payed off. Jake is now the youngest tattooer at Fu’s and is still working hard. You can find him Mon.-Sat. fulfilling his Grandmother’s wish in the back of the shop tattooing, painting or designing logos.