Josh McAlear has been tattooing in and around Boston since 2002. After attending school for illustration, and eventually deciding against freelancing, he jumped at the offer for a tattoo apprenticeship as soon as tattooing was legalized around that same time.

After five years of tattooing and getting burnt out on seeing the same old tattoo imagery done over and over he decided to look to producing album cover art in his free time as a source of artistic inspiration.