We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeremy Keith and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jeremy, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I really wanted to go against the stigma of the “Aggressive” tattoo industry. I wanted to create a safe and comfortable environment for people of all walks of life. It was important to me that DreamHouse be a place where you could get your 1st or 50th tattoo and feel like you had a great time and were welcome back. No judgement, no intimidation, just great art and great people.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I don’t necessarily think anything sets me apart from others.
In terms of being proud/excited, I’m extremely proud of my continued growth artistically. It takes a lot of adapting to be able to create regular custom works for people and listen to them to get what’s in their head out on paper, and then on to their body. Especially in the event it’s a walk-in.
It sounds simple, and maybe even cliche, but I got to where I’m at professionally through dreaming, hard work, and dedication. It wasn’t easy. I was told “No” A LOT, but each no was a stepping stone to a yes, and that lead to more opportunities. Really just being willing to grit it out to get to where I dreamt to be, and then going beyond that. Anyone who says artists are fragile hasn’t met one that does art for a living yet. Even though I am still fragile, haha.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is not to let anyone determine your value, or tell you what you can and can’t be.
I want people to know that we will always give 100% to our clients. My goal has been to create a comfortable place for both artists and clients. I want you to walk away with more than an amazing tattoo. I want you to walk away with an experience that you truly enjoyed.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Definitely DreamHouse Tattoo. A hike up chautauqua, some Pasta Jay’s, definitely some axe throwing at the outback saloon and if there’s a good concert at the Fox Theater we’re going to it!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d absolutely like to shout out my wife, son, and brother for their support and trust in my endeavors and believing in me. Definitely a shout out to my marketer, T, with Time Line Marketing & Consulting for all of the help he’s been to helping build my brand online and being someone I can bounce ideas off of with honesty. My team for believing in what I believe when it comes to providing a great experience for our clients, and for doing amazing work. And of course our amazing clients and supporters. Without them, none of what we do is possible.
Jeremy In a chair at the front of DreamHouse, neo traditional tattoos all done by Jeremy, Jeremy tattooing a client, Jeremy (Back) and the rest of DreamHouse Staff including (Left to Right) Paige Christine, Jordan Lucky, Eli Maldonado, Kelsie Lee, Toussaint Lorenz, Ciera High.