After earning a degree in Fine Arts in Luxen Academy of Fine Arts in China, I was offered a post as an art instructor in the same school teaching life and figure drawing. After five years of my teaching career, I was invited by University of California Berkeley to participate as an exchange scholar in an art research project under the patronage of U.S. Information Agency. My original plan was to complete my project- writing some reports about the cultural exchange in relating to the art teaching programs and the styles of art instructors in United States. Serendipitously, my career was predetermined to change when I happened to run into an encounter with Lily, who has always been a tattoo artist. I was approached by her in one of my art exhibitions. She came forward to me with indefatigability, offering me to launch the tattoo mission together. The mission has been challenging yet compensating – compensating in the way of having every hug, getting every smile, seeing every emotional tear rolling down on my client’s face after they have seen their love ones bonded with them. Those are the rewarding atoms binding a certain sense of achievement is something that I would not or will not even trade for the world.
Tattooing has already become a great passion for me. For every tattoo request, regardless whether it’s a big back piece, portrait realistic tattoo, oriental style, tribal, animation, or even if it is just a small cartoon, I would still try my best and fused my energy into the composing of that piece for a certain client so he or she can wear it with pride. In the past couple decades, I have been blessed for having countless opportunities being offered from my clients letting me implementing my art knowledge – both from school and my past teaching experience – into various aspects of tattooing, especially photo realism through which my career has been adorned with numerous awards. Memories of bits and pieces from my teaching career, days of illustrating, demonstrating life and figure drawing from live models in front of my students still has some sort of rippling effect through my mind since the time of switching from teaching to tattooing.
Anyway, I would like to take this moment to express my wholehearted thanks to all the clients which I have had since the beginning of my tattoo career in 1992, and it’s because of you wonderful people giving me innumerable chances to express my tattoo artworks with all my heart. It is through the ongoing given opportunities which have provoked continuous recognition for my garnering in this exquisite field of tattooing.
To all my dear clients:
“YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST!!!”
“KNOWLEDGE OF ART IS INFINITE. MY PASSION AND CRAVING FOR MORE IN THIS RESPECT MAKES ME NEVER CONTENT, NEVER SATISFIED WITH WHAT I HAD LEARNED BEFORE. HOWEVER, IT WILL MAKE ME STRIVE TO DISCOVER MORE CONCEPTS AND IDEAS WITH CONFIDENCE IN TIME.”
_________ Dawei Zhang