But what's even MORE amazing than the longevity of his tattooing career is the fact that he took 15 of those years OFF to dedicate to a career of both creating and teaching fine art.
"I'd been an artist my whole life, and my friends wanted tattoos, so that motivated me to get one of those mail-order kits and just start practicing on my friends," Sanchez said. "I didn't do good work at the beginning, but I figured it out eventually."
Sanchez tattooed for about 10 years, and while he loved what he was doing- he started to feel stagnant, as many people do when they feel like they aren't progressing in any way. He decided he wanted to go to art school. So he did. And then, he decided he wants to teach as well. So he did that too.
"Toward the end of my time teaching, I started noticing more and more tattoo artists in my classes," Sanchez says. "Seeing that gave me the motivation I needed to get back into it."
.. And back into it he got. With an artistic background as extensive as his, it's no surprise that he's one of the most talented artists in the game- particularly in the realm of black and grey realism.