My name is Ken Arnold. My Inspiration for art came at an early age projected from from my mother and older brother. My brother Dan soon began to progress quickly as I strove to keep up.
Throughout my school career from middle school, high school, and college, art was my major and my passion. My first art related job was at a privately owned silk screening company. I learned a lot but was lacking that satisfactory sensation of self fulfillment. Being shoved through the work field, I never found another art related job.
Carpentry and other repair related jobs soon became my go-to career. As years went by, my body begin to fail me as I had beaten it into he ground. I was at a low point in my life as I faced reality knowing my options were scare. How would I provide for my family as I had in the past?
I spend months searching for work that I could physically handle. I was so frustrated. Then I began contemplate “tattooing.” Hmmm…? I had never thought of that before….EVER! Everyone was getting them! I was now researching Tattoo Schools and a lot weren't showing up. Then I found one in Albany, NY. I began to pursue it with a new fire in me. Awhile later, I was in. A two week course covering the fundamentals and I was blessed with a wonderful teacher. At the end of the course, I passed with high honors and about twenty tattoos under my belt. What a positive experience!
I was told by Lisa Fausalo (my teacher in Albany) that an apprenticeship was the usual process to advance further. I knew that apprenticeships could be lengthly and costly. So I began to start the process. I stopped at a shop in Rome with some of my artwork and didn't get a great vibe. I spoke with the owner in a tiny small shop for awhile then left. Not feeling overly appeased, I then made a second stop to Twitted Ink. I spoke with two apprentices as the owner was busy with a client. I was told that the owner was accepting apprentices. I left my artwork in hopes that this mystery owner would find time to look at my work. A week or so had passed and I decided to stop in. I finally met the owner, Adam Moore, and we spoke for a bit and shortly after I began my apprenticeship.
Time passed and having seen how the field operated and all that was entailed. I realized that this was no duck walk. Not when your being taught the “right” way!”
So here I am in my final stages of apprenticeship. Times goes on as does my eagerness, ambition, and..learning. Always something new to learn. The day of reckoning is at hand.