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I called him and he was open to doing a piece, letting me photograph him etc... He was super friendly and open, but had little nice to say about the guys I was working for at the time. Which I was used to, it wasn't the first time I'd heard an earful. He was willing, and that was the point.
We shot in his shop, a streamlined building with personality and class. The art hanging in the gallery section just inside the door is like a walk to see the wizard. The stream-lined flow works the viewer through it's theme (when I was there I believe it was "Conception of Hope") emotionally challenging one to react--to the heart of the shop, Zaq's tattooing studio.
The place is impeccable, the town was fun, the art was moving, and the artist Zaq Weaver was reserved and grounded, but super creative and flexible.
Zaq's tattooing style is not defined in three easy words. He is known for solid tattoos that are bright and precise; his concepts are original and well thought out. I personally love his ability to slip traditional symbols into the sacred and use every shape and color with purpose. While he can do a realistic portrait brilliantly, he'd rather give his clients something better, something that flows with the body's organic canvas. And all this being said, I know that as soon as tomorrow, Zaq will come up with something outside of all of these descriptions, and continue to conceive new and more brilliant ways to make this world prettier than when he found it.
Zaq doesn't talk a whole bunch,he chooses his words carefully. He commits to nothing grandiose or bragging: says what he means and means what he says.
My biggest concern is trying to progress everyday.
What do you love about tattooing?
Being able to create beautiful art everyday, while continually having to think on your feet, working with subject matter that you'd normally never think about.
What do you think sucks about it?
Do tattoo’s hurt?
What was school like for you?
I went to an Alternative High School, so things went pretty well for me. But I drew all the time.
What excites you--How do you get your kicks (not tattooing)?
I love to play golf and billiards. Also happen to by mildly a video game nerd. Other then that I spend my down time watching sports or comedies. I wish it was more exciting then that, but I'm pretty simple. Travel is a huge excitement for me as well.
What’s a girl gotta do to get a shirt around here??
Our shirts are only available at the studio, maybe one day we'll sell some stuff online but not yet.
What's in the works for the future, Mr. Weaver? I heard you will be having a different theme at the gallery every month, what's coming up?
In my personal future, I'm just looking forward to traveling and enjoying our first child. (Due in Feb.) (congrats!)
As for studio future our upcoming gallery will be entitled "Severed" feature Tattoo Artists from all over the United States and we are also featuring a photography solo show from an artist named Brittney Massey in November.
For the People not in the Midwest, what's your traveling schedule like, conventions and guest spots?
As of right now, Muddy Waters Tattoo Expo (Oct 22nd - 24th), Motor City 2011 and Hell City 2011.
Any parting words?