We had the good fortune of connecting with Eric Ontiveros and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eric, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
You don’t..Either you do it or you don’t.That’s why whatever you choose to do has to come from a place of passion.When your passionate about something you really don’t care about stopping or going, you just do it because you like to…because it’s a part of you.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a tattoo artist specializing in black and grey and lately I’ve been really getting into illustrative line drawing designs.Although I love tattooing in the black and grey style something about the line work I’ve done lately has been fun and helping me explore some new projects apart from tattooing so I’m really excited to see where that takes me. Getting to where I’m at wasn’t easy because I wasn’t an artist when I started tattooing.I really stumbled into tattooing after my friend saw me painting graffiti and told me to tattoo him.I know people would say that graffiti is art but the graffiti that I was doing wasn’t art,I really was just vandalizing stuff for the thrill and fun of it..I never thought it was art.It was until I tattooed my friend that I decided that if I was going to tattoo people that knowing how to draw would be a good idea lol..So I really had to learn how to draw and tattoo at the same time..and both require discipline on its own,so learning both at the same time was a struggle because certain things wouldn’t translate..it was a long learning process..but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would probably just take them hiking and see the scenery and after that we’ll probably just hang out with all our other friends and throw a bbq and watch some UFC fights..
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for gods grace and the people he put in my life.