It all started when…
The first time that I had ever witnessed something that was handmade out of steel I was about 12 years old. Being from such a small town, you don’t have a lot of exposure to new things. While I was watching TV, a show called Motorcycle Mania came on and I was completely amazed by the custom bikes that they were building. From that point on I knew that I wanted to build things out of steel. As the days went by I would come up with my own designs of bikes and other things that I wanted to build, trying to figure out how I could actually make them. At the age of 15 I had started my first welding job. I instantly fell in love with it! I would work 40+ hours a week trying to learn anything and everything that I could to be the best welder/fitter that I could be. As an artistic outlet, I had also started to study the art of tattooing and would tattoo part-time to help keep my creative side alive.
Fast forward to 9 years later, I was running a shop for an international company that designs and manufactures overhead cranes. I was limited/not able to build anything “cool” while working there so I took the opportunity as an anniversary had approached to build a stainless steel rose. After that I was hooked again. A spark that had disappeared was re-ignited once again! After building the rose I had ended up making a Grim Reaper sconce, and people started to take notice and it would bring me more and more clients which had soon grown to be “Chrome 2 Envy Customs”.
Now 11 years in the trade and 3 years into the artistic aspect of things, I am still loving the challenge of not having an engineered drawing to make these sculptures with. Having a raw mindset of the fabrication process, coming from my head to the steel, ensures that the creative outlook evolves as the piece does.
I still fabricate “normal” items such as gates, car work, trailers, etc., but my passion really lies in the artistic outlet that I have with the steel.