We had the good fortune of connecting with Zanereti and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Zanereti, is there something you believe many others might not?
Do what you love and the money will follow. While a positive statement, its vagueness is crippling. I grew up being told that the motto is a falsity but I always told myself it would happen for me. It was an affirmation that kept my goals front and center. However, It also prevented me from practice, taking risk, and hard work. I convinced myself that it wouldn’t take much to become an artist because it was something I “loved”. I didn’t enjoy hard work at all so therefore I didn’t put much effort into it still believing I’d be successful. The advice leaves out all other things that accompany doing what you love. You cannot be an artist without also being a salesperson/entrepreneur/
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Rod Serling’s inspiration for the Twilight Zone episodes were a sum of his traumatic experiences in World War II. His writing is unparalleled because of his ability to channel those moments into art. We spend a lot of time wishing or thinking what it would have been like if it was easy to get where we needed to go. But we can’t forget the best creativity spawns from emotion. The good, the bad and especially the ugly. I am nowhere near where I am wanting to be and that excites me. The journey is the thing. It has been incredibly challenging to pursue art and to just exist in this unforgiving world. I’m excited to finally produce that thing that makes me go, wow this is it, this is what i’ve worked so hard for, and then try and top it of course.
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 obviously tattoo them at Arcadia Tattoo Company in Phoenix. What better way to remember a trip than to get marked by it! Then to Grand Ave. El Charro Hipster has some great food and drinks and an even better family running the place! Downtown Mesa has some great antique malls that would kill a couple hours. I enjoy the outdoors too so maybe a drive to the more antiquated parts of AZ history Old Route 66, Williams, Jerome, Globe, Bisbee. The older mining towns and routes my dad and I used to go to as a kid. I’ve been here all my life so discovering the history is my go to.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I owe a lot of gratitude to all that have shared their passion and knowledge of art over the years. Especially my tattoo mentor Lucas for giving me a chance at a lifelong trade. To the people who have believed in me along the way, the people that fuel the fire raging inside of me. I’m thankful for every scar, every wound and every healing moment in my life and all who have attributed to them. I am particularly indebted to my closest friend Alberto and partner Brooke who hold my heart in their hands.
Francis Cole Cameron