We had the good fortune of connecting with Kris Davidson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kris, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Work life balance is important to me. My art, more broadly speaking is inseparable from the greater balance of things in my life. When I was younger I could still feel good and thrive with weird sleep patterns, bad food, partying, and such ,but these days I only feel good and thrive when I really take care of myself – which means eating good, sleeping good, making sure I’m super hydrated, discipline with meditation, yoga, and exercise, relationship balance, occasional down time, enough alone time, etc. Over the years, I’ve become, or rather just have become more aware of how much of a sensitive creature I am and when I work too much, operate with to fast of a work pace of time, overwhelm my more introverted nature with too much interaction, then I start to feel burn out. The art is better and thrives more consistently and productively when everything in my life is balanced. Its kind of like taking care of a garden. Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I like to say I’m a “geometrist” as much as an “artist” and one of those two before a “tattooer” though I often tattoo more than I make other forms of art. Not sure if that made sense, but I’ve been drawing patterns my whole life. Mazes as a kid. Psychedelic doodles once I discovered those realms in my mid teens and these doodles have steadily evolved into many different iterations through many different mediums over the years to where now I make tattoos, drawings, paintings, sculptures, and digital art. When I was a painter I never felt like I was whatever a painter is suppose to be and now when people know me as a tattooer I feel more like a guy that likes to draw patterns who shares them through tattoo. I guess the point is that we are not the medium its self and what we do isn’t really even who we are. What we create comes from this ineffable deeper aspect of self and identity. Our life is about getting to know this, remembering this….for me its an ongoing internal journey of discovery, healing, and transformation and the art is ultimately a byproduct of this journey thats shared in a way that hopefully inspires others on their own unique version of the journey. Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Hmmmm. I would never plan much out, but our improvisational intinerary would unfold to include some or most of the following. High quality meals together, morning yoga, exercise, and/or hikes with the wolf dogs in the mountains, many moments of just chillin when long waxing conversations on life open up at any point in the morning, day, or night, humorous and sarcastic banter accompanying the serious philisophical life reflections, micro dosing in the day, maybe a drink or two at night, creative sessions where were making art at my kitchen table at any and all possible hours. Times we simultaneously shift to taking our own space with comfortable silence that doesn’t need to be explained or processed, All of that could happen in or around the house. If we took jaunt further out it would be deeper into the mountains for more hikes, hot springs, something like that…. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First person that comes to mind is my wife, Catiflor : @_catiflor_ – my co-conspirator on many fronts. We compliment each other, strengthen each others weaknesses, and life would be on a much different trajectory without her.
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All photos by me except the selfie – its by Edica Pacha