We had the good fortune of connecting with Joel Crosson-Kline and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joel, what do you want your legacy to be?
Legacy is such a powerful word. It is so rarely used anymore that it sounds almost mystical when mentioned, like it fits best when spoken in circles of royalty and philosophy. A word that inspires a man to be more than he was yesterday; and inspire other men to seek a better tomorrow. I hope to be remembered for just that. The voice that inspired, art that spoke a message, and friendship that lasted. For out of all that we do as people, what are we doing if we’re not leaving a good path for others to walk after us?
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I was blessed with very good art mentors at a young age. One of my earliest memories is my sister-in-law sitting me at the kitchen table in front of the house cat and teaching me about anatomy and how to quickly sketch shapes and figures. I’m excited about how far I’ve come just in even the last year alone and how promising the future looks from here. I’ve had a drawing portfolio ready for a tattoo apprenticeship since I was 14 years old although my career choice wasn’t tattooing it was actually professional skateboarding. After no longer being able to compete due to multiple knee surgeries I naturally fell right into the tattoo community. Even with constant ridicule throughout the years I kept my head down and focused on my work, honing in on perfecting my craft. The most important lessons I’ve learned are to trust in my instincts and believe in my limitless potential. My brand is a direct reflection of myself and my personality, it is continually growing and evolving with my experiences. The one thing I want the world to know above all else is that when I started tattooing I had no idea how or when I was going to reach my goals – all I knew was, undoubtedly, I would reach them. I never stopped believing.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First we would go to lookout mountain to get a good look if the city we’re about to have so much fun in. Then we’d head down to the Platte River to get some rafting in while the water is cool. From there we’d dry off on the way to Denver skatepark to get in a good skate sesh before heading to a Rockies game at coors field. On the way to the light rail we’d stop and eat at illegal Pete’s for some local and tasty custom burritos and drinks. After the game we head back up lookout to see the city lights and all the beauty denver has to offer as the sun goes down. Over the next week we’d hike all my favorite local trails and parks. Finishing off the week with cliff diving at the infamous paradise cove.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My father was my greatest inspiration. I didn’t get much time with him in my younger years but I cherished every moment that I had. As an adult I got the opportunity to know him as a solar engineer, a philosopher, an inventor, a musician and a man of God. The words and lessons I learned from him will carry me into my old age
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