Ainslie was always the kid in school who spent time drawing instead of taking notes. They weren’t just random doodles, though; it was all part of what would become a 500-page comic book. This obsessive focus is now put into every tattoo he does.
After earning an art degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, Ainslie began tattooing in 2004, and he founded Vintage Karma in 2007. The award-winning artist is also featured in the book “Bodies of Subversion” by Margot Mifflin.
In his free time, Ainslie is very active in his Odd Fellows Lodge and works on the blog Heart in Hand that he co-founded as well as running guitarist G.E. Smith’s website and Facebook pages. He is also a 2019 recipient of the prestigious Central Illinois Business Forty Under 40 Award for his continued achievements, leadership and community involvement in the Champaign-Urbana area.
View Ainslie’s transformative coverup tattoos.