We had the good fortune of connecting with Shane Rogers and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shane, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I’m from Tampa Florida. I’d say my grandmother would be the first person to influence me to want to be into art and drawing. She was around a lot my whole life since my parents had to work a lot to support us kids and she would give me the comics section from the newspaper every morning when we would sit at the table. She and I would try to mimic the comic characters on napkins. So from then on I’d say I was always drawing things and she’d see that so she always encouraged me to pursue it and be an artist. I would see tattoos on people around town sometimes and would see them in magazines at the grocery store when I’d go with my parents. Later on when I got older I started drawing a lot again like I did when I was a kid and tattoos were always so cool to me and in my mind when I was drawing so I started trying to get into it and found someone who would teach me. Tattooing really taught me a lot of things and really got me back into making artworks.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I currently do tattoos in Denver Colorado. I do wildstyle, tradional tattoos so to speak. I like to do my own designs when given the chance but I’m always down to draw up a cool idea aswell. I’m really excited about the journey it takes you on you know. I get to meet a lot of interesting people and learn about new things. Like when someone comes to you with a tattoo they want of a deity or something like that. You then want to learn about it and everything so you really know how to make this tattoo good and correct so I’m really excited out that and being on this quest of knowledge and art and what it really is. Tattooing was not easy to get into. I mean yeah anyone could get ahold of a cheap machine offline or something and use it but that’s not all there is to it. You have to know how to tattoo the skin right and have you machines ruining right to actually do a nice tattoo. It’s really a labor of love and takes a lot of dedication to it. No one was going to hand it over to you so you had to put in a lot of work and deal with a lot of craziness to get there. I wouldn’t get paid anything for being at the shop and doing work around it. I would still have to have a regular job to pay my bills and live and still make time to be at the shop everyday so I would lose a lot of sleep juggling everything going on. But it was worth it to me and I wanted it that much and I think that’s just apart of why it’s like that. If you can do all this and you’ve payed attention and took it seriously the whole time you would then be considered deserving of it. You’re also talking about a few people hanging out together everyday so they’d also have to like you and everything so I’d say from my experience it’s really hard to get into for real. I’ve honestly learned a lot about growing up and taking things seriously a little bit. Tattooing is a precise and accurate thing. You had to pay attention to a lot of things and there’s really no room for errors when you dealing with this so all that work and getting yelled at in the beginning when you’d screw up really got you in line or you wouldn’t cut it. I would just like to do cool tattoos for people who want them and make artwork and continue to get better as an artist. I’m always creating new designs for people to pick from so if anyone would like to check it out and get tattooed or buy a painting you can find me here in Denver at Art With Heart Tattoo or online!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would probably go down town were things get interesting show them all the interesting neighborhoods and look at all the murals and graffiti and get a few drinks along the way. Another day I’d probably take them to the Denver contemporary art museum and then enjoy the evening checking out the Santa Fe and rino art district and eat and drink at place down there and take in the scene. The next I’d take them to see some mountains and later on in the night maybe go to one of the 1up or 2up arcade bars to have beers and play some games and walk around down on Colfax. Then in the morning get some coffee and go check out the red rocks amphitheater and nature park because I think it’s pretty cool to go walk around out there and get some cool photos. I’d then suggest chilling out but going down to the 16th street mall area check that out as relaxing way to end the trip.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Josh Davis is owed a whole lot of credit to where I am now. He’s a phenomenal artist and has taught me a lot about tattooing and has been a great friend aswell
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