Those colors. Mmmhmm. I’ve got tattoos on the brain…
Anson Eastin / Forever Tattoo / Cape Coral, FL
Being a server.
Finding inspiration today to start a new chapter.
1. You will be jealous of your friends that make shows when you did not.
that doesn’t mean you’re not extremely happy for them or less proud of them.
2. Some will encounter artist’s block. Hard.
i was once told creativity is like a fart; if you force it, you might end up with shit. so don’t force the creativity, it will come when you least expect it.
3.You might have to work a job you hate to make ends meet. Or maybe two.
working two jobs sucks, i know first hand. but, nothing in life comes easy, just keep making your work and be determined.
4. The old printmaking mantra. As long as it takes.
5. Unless you had some badass professors, you will have no idea how to enter a show.
hopefully someone can guide you in the right direction so you don’t get ripped off.
6. Participate in trades, they’re the greatest.
you build up your art collection and it kinda gets your name out there.
7. Don’t burn bridges.
someone you met in college will be able to help you out down the road, and you may be able to help them out.
8. Your degree means nothing.
everyone is looking for 5-700 years experience. doesn’t matter that you spent 4 years in your trade learning awesome technique, they want real world experience. however,if there is a company willing to give you a shot, let them know you’re worth the risk.
9. The real world is a lot harder than school.
this one some already know, but for those that don’t, the real world is hard. no one cares that you’re having a bad day, you can’t just skip a day of work if you don’t feel like going and failing at a job is a lot worse than failing an art project.
10. For the love of art, keep making work.
there is nothing worse than seeing someone who graduated with an art degree doing absolutely no artwork. even if you work in a crappy restaurant supporting yourself and your work, at least you know you’re working toward something better and something you love. keep it up.