Ben is the owner of Archetype Tattoo in Albuquerque, NM (, and the former chairman of the New Mexico board of body art practitioners. Now an APT (Alliance of Professional Tattooists) board member, and Chair for the APT Pigment Committee, working to navigate the upcoming new federal law MOCRA (modernization of cosmetic regulation act) Ben is also a member of the AFDO (association of food and drug officials) body art committee, a member of NEHA (national environmental health association) Body Art model code committee, and a member of the ESTP (European society of tattoo and pigment research) Ben is an industry advocate fighting for safe tattooin g and against over-regulation.