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Daily Inspiration: Meet Carlos Lainez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Carlos Lainez.

Hi Carlos, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
As a kid I always enjoyed drawing. Throughout the years of my childhood and onto my adult life I have made it my personal journey to study various forms of art and to overall become the best creative that I can be. When I was in college, I wanted to do design and I got really into it, but I soon realized that I was much more of a hands-on person. I didn’t want to sit in front of a computer all day. I then made the decision to pursue a career in tattooing. I combined my knowledge of design, graffiti, and other forms of art and mashed it all together to be the artist that I am today. It was always a dream for me to be able to live my life practicing something that I love every day. I haven’t woken up from that dream in almost 20 years.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
In no way has this been easy. As creatives, we are all afraid of the term starving artist. I’ve always been a very dedicated person and a very focused person. That helped me achieve my goals in the long run, but I did struggle greatly, especially at the beginning of my career. You always go through points where you have no work, When no one wants to get tattooed by you or possibly buy one of your paintings. Artists are very critical of themselves. We are our biggest critics and that can affect your self-esteem and drive. It’s really hard to say, “hey, everything’s going to be ok” when you’re having cereal for dinner because it’s all you can afford. I opened my first business at 26 years old. I had no guidance and no real direction on what business was, all I had was a dream and a gut feeling that everything would turn out the way it was supposed to. I went through a lot of hurdles in the tattoo business but persistence was key to it all. It still is.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your art?
I don’t really like to place myself in a category. If I could call myself one thing, it would simply be creative. My work is a combination of graffiti, typography, illustration and tattoo styles of art. I love using bright, bold colors and heavy line weights in my paintings and murals. I do artwork that pops. I create tattoo work that is classic, when you look at my work, you can see the love that I put into it. It’s not for likes. It’s not for clout or notoriety, but simply because it makes me happy to see my clients happy.

Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
I grew up as an only child. I have two siblings but the age difference hindered our relationships. I was very much to myself most of the time. Aside from regular school activities, I would come home and drown myself in music. I was never bored. I learned to play four instruments and loved writing raps. I was never exceptional at any of those things, but I like to think I was pretty good. Aside from music, art was always been my passion. I got involved in the world of graffiti at 15 years old. My mother couldn’t keep me off the streets. The art form Intrigued me. It was different. It was exciting. I started becoming more social and started making friends, guess you can say throughout my teenage years, I broke out of my shell. I started to grasp who I wanted to become.

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