James was never an artist growing up. He started experimenting with art in his early 20’s and after dabbling with some amateur tattooing he decided to pursue tattooing professionally. After scouring the city for a mentor, his time as an apprentice lasted a mere four months. During his early years as a professional, James looked to formal education to further improve his skills. He went to a local community college where he was classically trained in the subject of fine art. While completing his associate’s degree in art, James participated in several fine art exhibitions, including a solo show a small gallery in Phoenix, two exhibitions at the Phoenix Art Museum, and a student show at MCC where he won a juror’s award for one of his figurative works. James recently won best tattoo of the day at the Grand Canyon Tattoo Expo on back to back days for both black and grey and color pieces. James now owns Dark Horse Tattoo Company and travels frequently to showcase his skills at tattoo conventions across the U.S.