From a young age, Chopsy has loved to draw and create art. A lot of Chopsy’s early influence come from comic book and animation art, and is equally influenced by western and eastern styles. Some of Chopsy’s biggest influences include Trent Kaniuga, Jamie Hewlett, Sam Keith, Chandra Free, Roman Dirge, Jhonen Vasquez, Gris Grimly, and Jamie Smart, Katsuhiro Otomo, Adam Warren, and FsC to name a few. Most recently Chopsy has been borderline obsessed with the art of Sheldon Villa and Drew Rausch.
After receiving his Associates Degree in Graphic Design in 2009, Chopsy produced album covers and layout designs for P.I.G. Records (Portnow Intertainment Group) working with bands Demoni, the Dehumanizers, Deep Throat and Antiseptic.
After a short run in the web design industry, Chopsy found himself unemployed in 2010. During this time he continued to independently build websites, and produce album covers and design work for Boise based band Demoni.
With very little design work available, and lots of time on his hands, Chopsy lived out a life long dream by starting a tattoo apprenticeship at a Munsters Ink Tattoo in November of 2010. After his apprenticeship, Chopsy tattooed out of Blackbird Studio until December 2015, where he went on hiatus from tattooing, to pursue other illustrative opportunities.
When not working, Chopsy spends his time with his beautiful wife Megan, and twin boys.
On top of work and family time, Chopsy is currently working on a few graphic novels, a comic strip and illustrations for children’s books, that will all someday see the light of day.