Since he was a little boy, Mike has had a fascination with permanently marking the human body. He experimented with primitive style tattooing when he was a teenager, as many young boys do, and was hooked. Mike started tattooing professionally in 1989 in his home state of Florida, and soon began traveling across the country working at various tattoo shops as a visiting artist. His love of the ocean brought him to the West Coast in 1994, decidedly planting his roots in San Diego. After working at two shops, Mike, now referred to as “Tattoo Mike,” decided it was time to open his own studio where talented artists could produce custom work in a comfortable family-like environment. On the night of Halloween 1998, he did exactly that and Chronic Tattoo was born. Mike lives his dream every day enjoying his work, his city, and his son every chance he gets.