Sundown in Vancouver

The battery that came with my Fujifilm camera failed on me. I had to go a few days without it.... it was torture!


Well Last night I grabbed a few shots conveniently around golden hour.

I'll be honest... especially as i do not considering myself a photographer... I was pumped on this shot of the man on his motorcycle.

I drive past this historic catholic church daily and I always forget how massive it is.

I love this sign so much. The current tenant is leaving (which is a good thing), I hope the next tenant brings some value to this awesome building!

Old Holiday Traditions

By far one of the best holiday traditions I ever had the privilege of being a part of, and I miss it a great deal. We had a solid 5 year run, stepping it up each year. From Christmas puking all over, to a christmas gift explosion in the snow. From mounting santa hat wearing horses whilst wielding broadswords to baked goods and a christmas lighting gone wrong, we had the best times and created incredible memories.

Miss and love you both, Robert Pérez and David Carroll!
Photo Cred goes to:
Jordan Thompson
Chris Kalani
Andrew Olaf Jussi Kent

Foundational Lettering Tutorial

Earlier this month I had the privilege to write a tutorial for Copic, an international art supplier who's products I love and use regularly.

The tutorial highlights my foundational steps of creating a handlettered piece of art.


Check it out on the Copic Marker website > LINK!

Filming with Copic

Today I had the opportunity to spend some time with Daniel and Andrew who are working on a video for Copic Marker. They invited me to participate and go out and enjoy some Pacific Northwest weather.  



I got to check out some places up in Forest Park that I have been meaning to check out for years. It was the perfect day for it! 



Of course we had to grab coffee at Prince! 

Of course we had to grab coffee at Prince! 


Ode to Coffee First Contest

My good friend Johnny Driver of Red Forest Films, along with Grant Harold of Radar Flora (score) and myself submitted a 30 second short for an "ode to coffee first" contest hosted by Peet's Coffee & Greenlight Studios.

Unfortunately, we did not make top ten to enter into public vote but we had a great time working together and I still wanted to share the video. 

Let us know what you thought!

How Culinary School Shaped My Design Career.

I have been involved in the design industry in varying degrees since 2005. My pathway as a self taught designer has met many challenges and hasn't always progressed quite as quickly as I had hoped (as I'm sure most of us feel).

In 2010, on somewhat of a whim, I decided to take on a new challenge.

I entered Culinary School.

this is what happens if you forget your hat.

this is what happens if you forget your hat.


Today, you will not find me slaving away on the line in a restaurant or building an amazing food cart business (although it could be fun). I am however, working in an incredible coffee spot while shaping my freelance design career.

While I learned valuable culinary technique while I was in school that I continue to utilize personally, it were the things that I had not expected to learn which were far more valuable than anything I could have expected.

It has been easy to think of my education as a delay in my career path, but truthfully, I am a much different man today because of it.

I gained the ability to speak to anyone. I now had a topic I could discuss at varying degrees and that topic is the foundation of life for every person. Also, People really love to talk about food.

I had commonality with individuals from different cultures and backgrounds. I became intrigued in learning about the food and cultures that had been foreign to me.

I learned effective communication in a fast, hot, and quite sweaty environment! I learned how to manage time with the utmost efficiency.

My Point? For all of us, it's easy to be discouraged about detours in our lives, more specifically, our careers. We always have much to learn and how we find it may be different than expected but the experiences will always be useful and in my case, I'm a much better man because of it. 

Coffee Flash Sheet available for purchase.

Letterpress prints printed by Adventure Storeys 

Letterpress prints printed by Adventure Storeys 

My experiments with traditional tattoo style illustration comes together with multiple passions! Coffee, flash style illustration, & letterpress printing. I've worked in the specialty coffee industry for several years now, and it remains a passion, therefore this project has been a joy to work on.

It is now available for purchase as a limited run. There are opportunities for wholesale. If that is of interest, please contact me for details!

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Vancouver Neighborhood Tee's Now Available!

Today marks the launch of a new collaboration between myself, Steve Valenta of The Mighty Bowl and Dave Cummings of Moreland Print!

It's time for the amazing folks of downtown Vancouver, Washington to start showing some pride in their community. Our downtown area has experienced tremendous growth in the last few years and has truly come to life! Dave, Steve and myself decided to bring together our collective skills and begin creating apparel in support of our neighborhoods.

As of today they are for sale at The Mighty Bowl (mobile truck), in BOTH male and Female Sizes!! Be sure to check the location schedule HERE, also, please check out Dave's website and see what else he's up to.

What are you waiting for?! Go Grab one along with a delicious Mighty Bowl!

P.S. My Favorite, Half Mighty Sauce, Half Extra Spicy topped off with a bit of the Jalapeño Tabasco. You can ask for the 'Sorrell'..... they just might look at you weird though.... 


Experiments with Traditional Flash Style Illustration

I had never been drawn to traditional, american style tattoos.... Until now...

Last December when receiving my last tattoo (by the unreasonably talented, Kyle Stacher.) I began to see much more work by a large array of artist as the hook of the tattoo world reeled me in. I became intrigued by the art with a focus on how I could become more efficient within my own practice.

I began drawing, experimenting, drawing quickly, learning basic structures. etc...

Developing my illustrative skill sets in combination with lettering has been a blast and I have a couple products in the works that I am extremely excited about and can't wait to share with you!

Don't forget to live.


I have a bad habit. Pretty sure I'm not alone.

Lately, in the realm of the industry I currently reside, it's all about 'the grind'. The constant pressure of progression, the voice in your head that says, 'there is no time to relax, keep working!' 'Push harder' 'Grind! Grind! Grind!'

Am I alone?

While I absolutely appreciate hard work and diligence toward becoming great at specific skill sets. I feel that I often take it to the extreme and don't make time to enjoy other parts of life.

It's a balance that I find difficult to maintain. 

With that said. Lets all be encouraged to work diligently, but let us not forget to live life fully.


good luck. 

First Friday Review

It has been a little over a week since my first art show. It's odd, on Saturday morning I found myself feeling overwhelmed at the idea that i didn't have any extra commitments once it was over. I was so caught up in the stress, excitement and pressure of the deadline that once it was over, I seemed to have felt out of sorts!

I had 3 weeks to produce 15 works from scratch. Mentally, there were a lot of ups and downs, I had also moved during these three weeks. Optimistic, overwhelmed, optimistic, terrified to 'stop thinking, just work".

Art Show Lettering (6 of 8).jpg

I had no clue what this was going to take and what a challenge it was. Despite all the things that as an artist you think about, such as: "I wish I would have done ____.", "That's not quite how I wanted that", i should have thought about....." Etc. The show was a success, I was so honored by the support of friends that came to the show to see what I do.

Prints were screen printed by Dave Cummings of Moreland Print

Prints were screen printed by Dave Cummings of Moreland Print

I'm so glad that I took on the opportunity/challenge. And now I'm looking forward to creating some new pieces utilizing different mediums for lettering.

I'm so thankful for the opportunity and those who helped me put the show together, I truly could not have done it without you!

Prints as well as a few of the other pieces from the show will be available for purchase here on the site shortly. Until then, feel free to contact me if there are any pieces that you may be interested in.

First Friday Art Show

Three weeks ago I was asked if I would like the opportunity to show my work for August's First Friday Art Walk in downtown Vancouver, Wa.

It sounded exciting and like a great opportunity to have my work seen. I'm really curious how this format will be for me as a lettering artist. So the last three weeks have been all hustle in preparing for the show and theres still plenty more to be done in the next five days.


To add to the exciting news, I have teamed up with Dave Cummings of Moreland Print to produce my first line up of prints (4 designs).  These prints are screen printed by Dave himself on beautiful 100# brilliant white French Paper (made is the U.S......)  and a limited amount will be available for purchase at the first friday event! 

Following the First Friday event we will be preparing to begin online sales once all of the shipping supplies will be acquired.

I would be honored if you would be able to stop by and say hello at the event. It will be Located in the House of Providence office just south of Kiggins Theater at 1001 Main St. Vancouver, Wa 98660 from 5pm - 9pm on Friday August 1st.

Cancer Peace Portal


Today a crowd-funding campaign by Help 4 Cancer launches on IndieGoGo.

Mark Burright contacted me about creating some artwork for a reward level or "perk." We spoke a bit about what they do and what their campaign was all about, and I thought it was brilliant and quite suprised there hasn't been something like it before.

I'm truly honored to be able to collaborate with a great friend of mine, Photographer & Filmmaker, Jordan Thompson.  We spent some time looking through many of the great photos he has taken,  we found this stunning one of a deer in a field. It had such a soothing liveliness quality to it.

I then went to work on the lettering piece. The three words fully represent the Cancer Peace Portal campaign.


Be sure to check out their Indie GoGo campaign, spread the word and support if you can. 

Cancer Peace Portal on Indie GoGo