On a break from art school in Pittsburgh I ended up coming back to the valley looking for work. I sought out anything I could get my hands on. I looked, and looked, and looked. I had a strong portfolio, but no real professional experience.
Of course as a kid fresh out of college I felt I was ready to crush it! However, the businesses in this area weren’t ready to make such an investment in such a young artist and designer. With all the work I had put in, and the years of school under my belt; to not even make a blip on the map locally… I sincerely felt defeated.
By complete chance after designing a tattoo for my girlfriend at the time, we headed to Hot Rod Tattooing for her to get my art professionally tattooed. I brought my sketchbook to the appointment which had pages upon pages of random art, illustration, and graffiti.
The Tattoo artist Scott showed Sweet Chuck my work. I was nervous. Almost hellbent on saying “Please don’t show him”…
And to this day, I am SO wondrously thankful that I did. Without hesitation Chuck closed my sketchbook, and offered me a freelance project on the spot. My first ever! A project that was small in reference to his business, but wildly substantial to me.
From that point that on, we had become friends… Ladies and gents, I love this man!
Unfortunately, he has fallen upon hard times.
Chuck was diagnosed with a form of cancer known as metastatic squamous carcinoma. Metastatic means it's continuing to grow. It's chronic and incurable. He has already started the first wave of what will be a lifelong series of chemotherapy treatments that will only be sparsely covered by insurance. His out of pocket medical expenses will average $4000 monthly.