A self-described preppy, Jerod Ray takes pride in not looking like a typical tattoo artist. He is a self-taught tattooist of five years specializing in fine-art quality portrait work. Ray was raised in a large, artistic family that moved frequently and went without electricity or running water at times. Despite facing hardships, Ray's family always encouraged his drawing talent
as a child and supported him in pursuing his career. Ray has won many "best portrait" awards at tattoo conventions and he believes his willingness to break the traditional rules of tattooing sets him apart from his competition.