The Raw Canvas in Grand Junction, Colorado. He left a career as an art instructor to pursue a career in the tattoo industry. His shop now consists of 6 amazing tattoo artists and hosts guest artists from all over the world. He has established himself in the tattoo industry as one of the leading watercolor/fine art tattoo artists with many awards from various conventions from around the country. We're always excited when we see new work from Justin so give him a follow and dive deeper into the world he has created.
A. In the beginning I didn't realize that a fine art style could be translated to skin. Two years in I came across European artists that opened my mind to possibilities using a fine art direction. It has opened so many doors for me and has allowed me to be expressive and similar to what I do as a painter.
A. Most of my clients have a general theme or idea and give me artistic freedom from there. Getting their stories and images is important to me. Most of my client are very open to my style. I think their buy in is very important, however, my style is hard to create "boundaries" so allowing for that artistic freedom is important but can also be tough to let go of that control from the client. So allowing them to trust me as their artists is very important.
A. Yes both of my kids have different artistic interests. My daughter wants to become a tattoo artist....and a fashion model.... and a hairstylist!!!! I'm excited to see where it takes them in the future.
A. It is a very competitive industry. I think that fear can be a good motivator. Many young and up and coming artists are coming out of fine art school and then moving towards tattooing. It's a very exciting time in the industry.
A. 2012 at the Villain Arts Convention in Chicago. I won 2nd place for female color. It was pretty sweet as I didn't expect it. It was nice to be recognized for my style
A.Golden State Tattoo Expo in January, Chicago in March and NYC in July. I may be adding more but those are for sure next year.
A.I tend to love rustic colors with hints of cooler shades. Complimentary colors.
A.Yes I find alot of organic and minimal inspiration from the artwork of kids. Children's art is so unrestricted. There is a lot to learn from them.
A.NO. Lol. I loved working with kids. Another passion of mine. It was a tough move to leave the education field but I don't regret it. I absolutely love what I do.
A.Colorado is by far the best state. The opportunities for outdoor activities are amazing and it is a very progressive state in so many areas. I think Inkaddict should move to Colorado! Why wouldn't you?!?
His Shop: http://www.therawcanvas.net/
Originally Published: Wed, 12 Aug 2015 22:38:09
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