By Kevin Miller
Reblogged from: www.tattoosnob.com
A while back, we posted an open call for interview questions for Dave Tevenal onInstagram and Facebook. We sent Dave more than 200 questions and he picked his favorites to answer. Those of you whose questions were chosen should get at us in the comments below for your (much coveted) Tattoo Snob sticker.
tattykat89: as you know there has been a recent saturation in the tattoo industry and culture. after reaching the caliber of finely tuned skill and recognition, how have you been able to maintain being motivated and humble?
Making sure I stay constantly inspired would sum up one part of the answer to this question the best. Inspiration is the fuel for motivation. I find it in a lot of places. Old comics, western traditional tattooing, Japanese traditional tattooing. It all lends to what I strive to create. I also love following other tattooers who are slaying the damn game right now. I see face melting shit on the regular, and those moments push me to try something new and different.
thomrein: do you ever feel your drawing or marker work is beyond your tattooing or vice versa?
No. The considerations for the two are different, but I try to find harmony between the two (if that makes sense). I want people to see either my tattoos and art and realize who made them. Technique and application is different for the two, and you have to be mindful with what medium you’re working in.
cotyart: of all the places you traveled overseas, which was your favorite and why?
London, England and Berlin, Germany. London was my first overseas trip and convention combo. I was floored to be working in the same building as Filip Leu, Shige, Valerie Vargas and so many more. It was emotionally and creatively overwhelming and I fight everyday to remember everything I saw and experienced like a vivid photograph. It changed my tattoo career forever and put some pretty awesome people in my life that I otherwise would not have had the pleasure of being friends with. Berlin was my first extended stay in mainland Europe. It was amazing to see the difference in east and west Berlin, and to wander a city with so much history all by myself. I got to work at Lowbrow Tattoo Studio and made some awesome friends. It was the gateway to much of the rest of Europe that I got experience recently. It was another pivotal point of experience in my career.
thedudeabides87: If you could hardstyle one person (living or dead) who would it be?
jezratattoos: what do you feel is the most important thing to give back to the industry?
A sense of wonder, wrapped in some inspiration, served with a side of humility. With a tall glass of honesty.<
tattooingbywhitney: when you get burned out or feeling stale what do you change up to get inspired again and your head back in It
Aside from previously mentioning to stay inspired, my daughter doesn’t know what a burn out is. I love tattooing with all my heart, but it is also how I provide for my family. And that primal urge to provide for my offspring reminds me to tuck my pussy back in and get to fucking work.
rudeboi209: I believe with the popularity of traditional and Neo traditional it won’t be long until a artist that’s certified changes the game again by simplifying or adding unused light sources like a new school/traditional hibrid. this is actually happening now as we speak, what are you’re thoughts on style mash ups and the merge of styles
I think its cool. I’ve been grouped into that crowd I feel. Too new school to be traditional and too traditional to be new school. I think when different disciplines in tattooing come together (if implemented well and with some real thought behind it) you can expect to see some pretty awesome things happen. Approaches to tattooing that has hidden beneath our noses this whole time.<
xxlowlifexx: Do you think sponsorship is killing the industry? Less about art more about pushing products out remover when I good tattoo spoke volumes
Absolutely. Tattoo artists are not NASCAR drivers. The point is making tattoos solid, clean, bright, and awesome. To satisfy your client to the best of his or her expectations. Not to make a tattoo that only looks good the day it was made at some bullshit convention, to win an award, and hashtag thirty fucking products from your ink all the way down to the fucking rinse cups. It’s dumb. I used to be this way, I didn’t know any better and thought that being sponsored was some sort of legitimacy. After about a year of that shit, I started to feel embarrassed and ashamed of myself. I realized I’ve been acting a damn bafoon the whole time and was taking away from tattooing the very thing that mystified me about it. It’s a time that I can’t take back but taught me what tattooing was really about.
beardedtattooedvagabond: who or what was your biggest influence growing up that you can look back on and thank today for where you are now?
My father. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it a thousand times. Dude is my fucking hero.