Hey! Welcome to my blog and thank you for checking it out. I figured the best way to start would be by introducing myself, and showing you some examples of my work. I plan to keep each post very conversational, so I hope you enjoy some laid back reading, ’cause this blog ain’t winning any bestseller awards.
My name’s Steven Gabriele Jr. I’m a tattoo artist with tic disorder, and I own a private studio called ’Catharsis Tattoo’ in Naples, Florida. I specialize in black & grey realism. Let me show you some examples!
If you like what you see, and want to see more, you can find it on my instagram @catharsistattoos or website http://www.catharsistattoo.com. Here’s some buttons to get you there faster!
Now, here’s a few bullet points to talk a little bit more about me without telling long, drawn out stories like I usually do.
- I’m 28 years old
- Originally from Cranston, Rhode Island
- I was in the Navy for 5 years
- I eat chicken way too much
- My favorite music is underground hip hop
That’s enough for now…
Next up, let’s talk briefly about about my tic disorder. 2014 is when I started to experience consistent/chronic tics. They continued to progress and I thought I had a brain tumor causing my symptoms. I never knew anything about tics until 2018 when I was diagnosed by a neurologist. Currently in my life, I experience a fairly large number of chronic tics and I have co-occurring conditions of OCD and depression. It took a very long time to reach a point of confidence and peace, but once I did I wanted to start sharing my story. I love bullet points so here’s a few more about my goals in sharing my story…
- Hopefully help encourage anyone with a condition towards confidence/peace
- Help those without a condition to understand
- Promote art as possible temporary relief from symptoms… I’ll explain…
I’m a tattoo artist….. with tics….. it doesn’t make sense. That’s even more reason why I want to share my thoughts. When I’m tattooing, and I’m in my zone, that’s practically the only time I experience little to no tics at all. I DO generally experience rebounding tics upon the completion of a tattoo session, but that’s why I only promote the possibility of TEMPORARY relief. That’s better than no relief at all, right??? Not only might you find that little mental quiet zone, but you could also find passion and even a career in some type of art form! Like I said, it still doesn’t make sense to me, but I guess you can find the most success sometimes in the place most unexpected. Don’t get me wrong though, it sucks and I’ll never embrace the condition, I’ll only embrace what I can accomplish in spite of it. Even writing this post is taking way too long ‘cause I have to look left every dang 15 seconds.
Anyway… With this blog, I plan to share some stories, insights, personal knowledge, and whatever else I’m not really sure about yet. All I know is that it’s gonna be all over the place, just like my mind!
Whatever your reason is for reading, I appreciate it, and I hope you enjoy it. If you know someone who might be interested, thanks for sharing it too.
Until the next post, take care! I don’t mean stop taking care at the next post though… Just in general always take care.