Leif started piercing in Tucson, Arizona back in 1993 under Jay McPhillips at Enchanted Dragon Tattoo. During that time, Jim Gallagher, Keely and Glen Tackett, Johnny Ray, as well as Kauri McPhillips were huge influences on Leif's upbringing in Tucson's body mod community...
After tinkering around a few years poking holes in folks, Leif wanted to explore the planet and decided to join the Marine Corps. After four years in the infantry seeing various parts of the world and learning a variety of secret government ninja moves, Leif decided to follow his true calling back to the world of body modification. Making a few arrangements with his old friend Jim Gallagher, owner of Midnight Dragon Tattoo in Saltcoats, Scotland, Leif popped overseas to start his tattoo apprenticeship under a truly professional tattooist.
Following vigorous instruction period under Jim's wing (with the help of George Stevens of Ayrshire Tattoo!), Leif headed back to the states to get started on a career in the subdermal arts... in 2002, after much searching and perserverance, he finally secured a position as a piercer/apprentice tattooist under Dave Peterson of Dave's Unique Ink in Vancouver, USA. Working closely under Dave at DUI, as well as numerous tattoo conventions, along with the help of countless clients and friends to practice on, he honed his tattooing until he was ready to open up Lunatic Tattoo™ (08/08/08).
Leif has had several pieces published in a variety of tattoo magazines as well as being featured in the December 2005 issue of Tattoo Savage. He has also been accredited with several awards at local tattoo conventions, ranging from Best Back @ The 1st Annual Portland Tattoo Expo to Best Color Sleeve @ the Ink Traveler's show @ the Red Lion here in Vancouver.
During his first year, Leif was joined by the illustrious and award winning Danielle Alexander. Her artistic vision combined with her years of tattooing experience have made her stand out in today's competetive tattoo industry.
Patience Tumbles came onto the crew in mid '16 as an apprentice and has now been acively tattooing for about 2 years. She is an accomplished artist who has really started and is eager to expand her portfolio. Typically available for same day or week tattooing, although her schedule and client base has been filling up steadily over time.
Now, after many years of tattooing a wide variety of lunatics, hooligans, sweethearts, and scumbags we're ready for more! Stop by and set up a consultation to start your next big project or even your first little tattoo, or allow us to help you figure out how to cover that old home-made blotch-work!