Interview with InkByLB
• Artist / Tattoo Artist •
Name/alias: My mother named me LaBront. My nickname is “LB” to make it easy and simple for the people.
How do you describe your Art to people?
My paintings and sketches would be considered gritty, colorful and abstract. It all depends on the mood I’m in when I’m in my creating zone. Now as far as my tattoos; I describe my work as being clean, precise and of unique quality.
How is a human canvas different from another medium?
The human canvas is precious and delicate, it needs to be taken seriously and with the upmost respect; especially when applying a tattoo because it is a permanent procedure and will be with you for life. A line can’t be erased from a body as it can be on a canvas; a canvas gives more room for change until I am pleased with the end result.
Who are some people you would like to work with?
I would love to work with graffiti legends, COPE and INDIE, as well as the infamous Bansky; just to name a few.
How is the Internet changing your craft?
The internet can be a good and bad thing. It’s good in many ways because it allows a free outlet for other to view your work and to have access to who you are as an artist. It is not limited to just a few people, your work can be viewed worldwide with just a simple “word search”. Nowadays anyone with a smartphone has continuous access in the palm of their hand. The “bad”, is a result of the good. My work is always in danger of being copied, and taken credit for by someone else. It doesn’t even matter if you have a signature on it, everyone has an instant, clever way of taking images from others and not giving credit where it is due. It’s sad that some individuals have no respect for someone else’s craft and will never understand how hard a person works to create their art.
Do you feel like what you are doing is important?
ABSOLUTELY YES! I feel what I’m doing is important. “Art is life and Life is Art”
When you started out did you think it would be a serious business?
To be honest, yes. I did see tattooing as a serious business. However nowadays it’s not taken as serious as it should be by the client. Some people think it’s easy to just trace a line, or place ink on the body with such ease, they don’t see or comprehend the experience behind an artist or the creative eye they posses. If it were easy, then “cover-ups” would never happen.
Must art have a relationship to the rest of the world?
I feel that art does and should have a relationship with the rest of the world. Being artistic may not be everyone’s talent. But tapping into the creative side of your brain is essential. Living the cookie-cutter lifestyle is boring. Color outside the lines once in a while, I promise you’ll enjoy it.
Lastly, could you talk about any long-term goals you have in mind?
Setting goals is what I love to do, conquering them is even better. I would love to travel the world fulfilling my true passions in life. I do have a few ideas up my sleeve; for one, I would like to facilitate art workshops; specifically for the inner-city youth. You’ll just have to follow me to see the many other things I have planned for the future.
My continuous goal is to just continue to establish and brand myself as a reputable tattoo artist.
Where can we find some of your stuff?
Please feel free to visit my website; www.inkbylb.com or follow me on Instagram; @inkbylb