I’ve known Chuck for 16 years and like a lot of people in the Ohio Valley, I consider him a great friend and someone I deeply admire. I’ve been getting tattooed by him since my 18th birthday and over the years he’s given me invaluable advice and encouragement in every endeavor that I’ve pursued.
Currently I teach graphic design and never really considered myself an “artist”, at least not in the same league as the tattooers at Hot Rod, or all the other amazing people I’ve met in the Wheeling community. But once again, Chuck came through with his encouragement and support of my passions. So I wanted to step out of my comfort zone, and create a piece that honors a man that I look up to so much. The gorilla is kind of how I always saw him in my head. (Probably because I’m short.) And in a battle with cancer, Chuck has been as strong and fierce as I’ve always seen him.
So I decided to mix that image with an Asian influence because of his affinity for traditional Japanese. However, that’s too hard for me, and I’m also a comedian. So my Asian influences come out closer to a bad kung fu movie.
So this piece is for Chuck who is strong, yet funny in all the best ways. Love you bud!