The tale of Bern is a savage one. It started on June 26th , in the year of our lord 1976. This was the day he was spit from his mother’s womb into this world kicking and screaming covered in blood and guts on the shores of Portland Maine. It’s rumored he then crawled across the land and scribed his name in the sand with a clam shell. This would be the beginning of his career as a notorious and infamous graffiti artist. After years of mastering graffiti and various other art forms, He attended the Maine College of Art. After graduation Bern grew tired of life in Maine, well that and it was reported he’d run out of things to write his name on in New England.
So our hero set on the road to further infamy in the Midwest. He settled in Columbus with other members of his crew of rejects from the isle of misfit toys. In 2000 he began a somewhat turbulent apprenticeship at Columbus Ohio’s All City Tattoo.
After learning all he could learn from his epidermal art sensei, Bern again hungered for bigger and better things. In 2002 he would move to NYC and begin a six year tenure at the legendary Tattoo Seen in the boogie down Bronx. This would be where our hero would hone his skills to perfection. In 2008 he bid farewell to Seen and began working at Rising Dragon until July of 2011 when he moved on to Daredevil Tattoo in the LES of NYC.
In 2013 he decided to take his work underground, literally, into his basement studio in Bed-Stuy, to keep his work from falling onto the wrong skin. He began focusing on large scale irezumi style tattoos. He began receiving his own body suit from longtime friend, and collaborator, Marcus Kuhn.
In 2014 he set up another private studio in Portland, Maine where he would work one week each month for the next 3 years while still gracing the flesh of NYC's most discerning clientele.
After 4 years of working alone in private studios Bern started to crave the interaction with, and creative influences of like minded artists. His hiatus ended with a new opportunity at Three Kings Tattoo Shop in Brooklyn.
When you're ready to turn a large portion of your flesh into an astounding work of art seek out the one they call Bern.