InkAddict is honored to sponsor artist DJ Minor. We had the opportunity to hang out with DJ at the Immersed In Ink convention in 2011 where he won a few awards. We interviewed him a few months later to discuss life at home, his new studio, and how he became such a bad ass artist.
IA: What made you decide to get into this business?
DJ: Tattooing found me and then it tied me up and threw me in the trunk. I had no choice.
IA: Where do you find your inspiration?
DJ: For almost 2 decades, the most influential thing to my art has been naked chicks and skulls.
IA: Why naked chicks and skulls?
DJ: Working in the Navy, that is what I was accustomed to seeing as far as classic tattoos. Now it ids flowers and other things being used as tattoo ideas but those were the originals. Kind of like my foundation.
IA: How would you define your tattoo style?
DJ: I don’t define my style; I try to push it in as many directions at once as I can.
IA: What is your favorite part about tattooing?
DJ: Traveling is what got my hooked on the industry. The art is what keeps me here.
IA: Are there any artists you look up to?
DJ: Not really, most artists are whacked out- which is why they do good art. There are too many to list when it comes to inspirational artists.
IA: Tell us about some of the awards and press you have received for your work.
DJ: I have boxes of trophies and a few walls full of feature articles in publications from all over the world. I have been honored with these things in the past, but they are no substitute for what’s new and freshly bleeding at the studio.
IA: Are you working any upcoming conventions?
DJ: O yeah… Meeting of the Marked, Hell City, Philly, Baltimore, probably Chicago, then Kentucky, down to Jacksonville, and I am trying to squeeze in 2 stops in Texas and Myrtle Beach again in 2012… Assuming of course the zombie revolution doesn’t start. If that happens, I will be in my roaming the world killing hordes of walkers.
IA: What do you like to do in your free time?
DJ: I am a father, tattooer, business owner… there isn’t any of that “free time” anymore.