I'm writing this new bio because everyone tells me my old bio sucks. I wrote down some facts and they were turned into a bio. To be honest, I'm not the 'bio' type of person. I see that whole scene as some bigwig, which usually turns into some big head ordeal, which I don't want no part of. I've read a lot of peoples' bios. I like to see how others grew. But usually some place in there is the big head. That's what drove me to not want to do my bio.
Ed wearing his TattooFinder.com shirt.
My sister Debbie wanted me to put in here how I turned her Barbie record player into my first tattoo gun. Yep, blew out all the power in the house. Dad used to come home and tell me to lift up my sleeves and go wash the shit off I drew on myself. One day, I put a real tattoo on my arm. Sure enough, dad came home and told me to wash it off. I probably stayed in the bathroom till bedtime pretending to do the wash job.
One time, I tattooed a skull on my chest - the left side. My mom came out of her room and said she had a feeling that I had gotten a skull on my chest. I pulled down my shirt, but the RIGHT side. Needless to say . . . no skull, wrong side.
Me and my twin brother Doug have always been into tattoos and art. You may know Doug's flash, Doug Heuton on this site. I started drawing flash in the 80's. Mostly sold the originals to shops in the Bay area. That, most of the time, would be our hang outs - tattoo shops. I picked some stuff on myself and my brother and sister, too. But my sis pussed out on the name she wanted and ended up with a small 'C' on her back.
A friend showed me how to make a jailhouse gun. Boy, it was on then. I sleeved out my left arm. Mom didn't like that one too much, and told me if I was gonna do it, do it to my legs. Guess what mom, legs are now done, too. Actually, my mom and whole family are really supportive of my work now. Thanks, Mom . . .
See more of Edward Lee's tattoo designs here
Somewhere around 1983, Baron tattooing in San Bruno - San Francisco seen some of the stuff I was doing with my toy machine, and told friends to bring me in. They did. Baron gave me a real machine, and asked if I could use it. He threw up his leg on the chair, and told me to do something. I free handed a bird on his leg. He asked if I wanted to work for him, and later I did. But he just gave me equipment and let me go. He didn't tell me shit. For those of you who know, putting yellow in the first time seems like it wasn't going in. It was just getting redder and redder. NOT GOOD! *smile*
In 1987, I came to Wyoming to work for Greg Skibo, for me a very good influence. He gave me a whole new perspective on 'professional' tattooing. I still hold that part in myself. In 1990, I went to work for Skibo and Mickie Kott in Denver, Colorado. Mickie is a very inspirational person to me. She got my art flowing . . . I would say juices, but the art. We are all still very good friends and I hope it stays that way.
While working for Mickie Kott, I started drawing under 'Edward Lee.' I married Rachael who started marketing my flash, and kicked ass at doing it. Thank you Rachael.
I've won a lot of flash awards, and for me that's pretty cool. It gave me a drive I needed. Most of you know that I got myself into some trouble, and I'm in prison now. But to make something out of yourself from in here is something that I need. A drive. A goal.
This I guess, is where I'm supposed to tell you who I admire. Ok, let's list them as they came. Ed Hardy, Jack Rudy, Greg Irons. Then Kari Barba came on the scene somewhere around '83 or so. Then Eddie Duetche and Guy Aitchison. Guy, I bow down to you bro. Nice work and always an inspiration. Today, there are so many to name it would never end.
To me, artwork should always be inspirational. That's hopefully what our products on Flash2xs.com are to you. That would mean more to me than anything else.
With All Respect,
Edward Lee Heuton