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

Hi Cedric, career-wise, where do you want to be in the end?
I honestly really like to teach others and help inspire the youth and I want to be able to be well established to give others opportunities for success. I’ve always enjoyed the idea of more alternative art classes and hope to one day be able to use my tattooing and street art backgrounds to help speak to younger generations and show positive reinforcement for the evolving world.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Tattooing was something I never thought I was good enough for, but the world around me always continued to push it onto me and I’m glad it did. I got my very first one when I was only 13, and tried to do my first one when I was 17, I fell in and out of it for a long time because well obviously I was terrible at first. So years passed I painted a lot of graffiti and felt being a mural artist was my calling I followed that for awhile, eventually caught a pretty rough felony charge and a nice fat fine, and over 5 years probation. That being said I tried to straighten myself out I worked labor jobs for a long time but eventually I decided to try and tattoo again, I worked full time and started to teach myself, research, and actually commit to trying to tattoo more and did that for awhile till eventually I felt stable enough to actually tackle being a full time artist. Probably the scariest most exciting turning point of my life. It’s allowed me to be so much more of myself, a better father with more time and energy for my kids, and feeling like a real artist. One of my lessons I’d say I’ve learned along the way is to really just enjoy what you are doing, it’s never about the money it’s about the experience and living in that moment and enjoying writing your story.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I definitely enjoy getting out into nature so much inspiration to pull from all around you. Being from the Midwest, the mountains drew my attention very fast. If we are talking food definitely gotta check out my buddies restaurant taqueria la esquina, some of the best Mexican street cuisine you will find.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I give a lot of my art appreciation to my great grandmother. I remember being young going to her house on sundays and she would draw on my with sharpies and I always looked forward to going to grandmas and getting tattoos from her. She told me lots of stories of her years as a young woman and traveling painting scenery in the moment or photographing them to paint later, she also loved to paint clowns. She’s always been the artist that started it all for me nothing made me happier than seeing her face glow up when I’d show her projects I had been working on. (RIP Jean boi Alexander)

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