We had the good fortune of connecting with Javier Tamez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Javier, why did you pursue a creative career?
I always felt like I wanted to do more than just working a 9-5 job doing the exact same thing over and over and trust me I did that for a long time before I had the opportunity to give tattooing all of my energy and focus. It wasn’t easy at all but I worked hard for it and here we are today.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Tattoos are always the most exciting part of my days, I’m always happy to meet and work with new people every day to design something new and different based on what they truly love and appreciate. I personally love working on flowing floral designs whether they are full color or black and gray.

I was Born and raised in Monterrey N.L. Mexico, Being surrounded by beautiful statues, cathedrals, graffiti/street art, and art museums helped fuel my passion and inspiration for creating art. When I moved to Texas I worked for an art school and gallery for 14 years where I was able to learn all aspects of art from oil painting to sculpting and fused glass.

I think that apprenticing while working a full time job, as well as raising a family was a bit challenging but the pay off has been well worth the struggle.

I believe that my kids have had a lot to do with my success, I’ve always wanted to show them that they can do what they really love in life and be happy.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Can’t beat a Bar Hopping weekend in Deep Ellum or a Sunday afternoon for that matter they have the best bars and restaurants, sadly we haven’t been out there since the pandemic hit but that’s all about to change soon,and then there’s the highlands in Arlington, Bar Louie is closer to home and that’s where we usually go for a late night drink, if you close by make sure to stop by and visit my people there and don’t forget to tip them well, also visit The Melting Pot, big shout out to Dave! 1846 in cedar hill Jupiter house in Denton.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My good friends Rember Orellana and Francisco Sanchez as well as the whole crew from Dark Age tattoo studio for helping me out through the years as well as Visual Expressions Creative Art School in Cedar Hill which is where I was able to learn about drawing and oil painting.

Instagram: @javierstmz

Other: TikTok @javierstmz Email address javierstmz@gmail.com

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