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Hugh started tattooing humbly in 2004 after a year and a half of apprenticing at a little studio in Sudbury. After slaving away for 6 years for the owner, Hugh felt the need to leave in search of bigger and better thing.
In 2008, Hugh was taken in by the power house family that was North Bay’s premier LIVE ONCE STUDIO. There he received a proper tutoring, a vast appreciation for other art forms, and a crash course in “How To Get Past Bouncers, Cover Charges, and Free Lap Dances”. After a few re-locations, Hugh made his way to Sudbury’s TWISTED DOLL STUDIO, where he had a lot of fun and a ton of laughs harassing local merchants.
In 2015, Hugh put on his big boy pants and opened the prestigious Studio 613, where his is king of his own castle (minus the sweet moat filled with sharks). Proud to be a part of a quickly growing industry, he strives for success by way of associations with other big name studios, strong artists, participation in art shows and conventions alike, and by being an apt pupil in the way of traditional tattooing and its history.
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So far I have ‘zombified’ over 5,000 and counting, people all over the world! It feels odd to say that I actually invented something, but at that time, no one had ever provided the service I started. Feeling that I wasn’t drawing enough zombies, I started Zombie Daily, a blog where I post a new original zombie drawing or painting every day! This site was started in 2008 and so far there are over 3,400 posts and counting as I still update with new content on a daily basis.
The formation of Zombie Daily led the publishing company Ulysses press to offer me two book deals, one for, “The Zombie Handbook: How to Identify the Living Dead and Survive the Coming Zombie Apocalypse”, which has since been translated to Spanish, and titled “Apocolipsis Zombie” and my next book, “Zombiewood : The Celebrity Dead Exposed”.
My Zombie Portrait service also caught the attention of noted zombie author Jonathan Maberry, who asked me to create character ‘chase’ card illustrations for that book, his four follow-up Zombie novels, and alternate covers to the IDW comic miniseries based on the first novel.
I’m featured in the documentary “Zombiemania” and provided the morphing zombie portrait drawings for me and the other noted zombie experts who were interviewed, including George Romero, Tom Savini, Max Brooks and Greg Nicotero.
In 2013 I published my first remarkably successful graphic novel entitled’ ‘Rob Sacchetto’s Cape Fear,’ a One Hundred and Fifty page fantasy/adventure/horror genre book, and have since been working on its sequels. The second graphic novel in the series is being illustrated right now! My Zombie art has been licensed for use on everything from puzzles to skateboard decks, T shirts, journal covers, comic books and many other products, including a full 56 Zombie card deck for Bicycle playing cards, a deck featuring the many types of ‘Bigfoot’ creatures and Comic book covers and interiors for the Australian Horror Magazine, ‘Decay.’
With both the Zombie Portraits, and the Zombie Daily, sites, I believe that I’ve drawn more zombies than anyone on the planet. Zombie Portraits is still going strong after 11 years, and I still post new Zombie Art every Day!