Rodney Raines was born is Easley, SC and graduated from Lander University in 1995 with a BA in Visual Arts. He started tattooing professionally in 1997 at POINT BLANK TATTOO in Hendersonville, NC where he worked for the next 7 months. While there, he worked along side Ray Alexander and Mario Bell.
His next job was working for Randy Herring at SKIN ART in Gastonia, NC with Rex Barnes and Chris Stuart. Finally, Rodney started at ACE TATTOO in Charlotte in May of 1999 with owner, Nick and Colin LaRoque.