"Hi, I'm Alien. My real name is Steve Butterfield. I'm 66 years old. I started pin-striping and lettering race cars when I was twelve. I did t-shirts for my friends -- all the old Ed Roth 'Rat Fink' stuff, who was and still is a big inspiration -- with markers. I graduated high school in 1971 and went into the United States Navy in 1972 as a Radar Radio Operations Specialist. I got my first tattoo on September 16, 1972. Then I started learning how to tattoo in San Diego, California in 1972, thanks to the help of great people like Doc Webb, Lyle Tuttle, Ed Hardy, and Don Nolan, among others. I started tattooing October 4th, 1980 in the town of Canton, South Dakota. From there I went to Minneapolis and worked at Tattooing by Yurkew from 1991 to 1995, opened Alien's Images N Skin in Owatanna, Minnesota in 1995, and then opened Alien and Company on Cleveland Ave in Sioux Falls in 1997. Had the two shops until December 2004, then opened Alien & Co at 738 S. 1st Ave in Sioux Falls in March of 2005.
Basically, your body is a temple, and I've been here to paint the walls for over 40 years."
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