Hello Maverick FAM! We here at Maverick hope everyone has been loving our SideHustle segment! We love to be able to share with the community some crazy amazing artists and their talents. You're all in for a treat this summer, because this month's raffle is GORGEOUS!
Let me introduce the talented artist behind the ink, Dave Koenig, from Tenth Sanctum Tattoo in Omaha, Nebraska! Dave was one of our spotlight artists last year, I'm sure you remember- if not READ ALL ABOUT IT!
Curious about how Dave got into painting and commercial art? Keep reading-
"If it's flipping hamburgers at McDonald's, be the best hamburger flipper in the world. Whatever it is you do you have to master your craft."
-Dave Koenig (Snoop Dogg)
For the month of June we will be raffling off two beautiful prints made by the one and only. This means TWO WINNERS!! Make sure to chance your luck and purchase a ticket for one of these gorgeous prints. If you've never had a chance before, here is it. Don't forget to check out Dave's socials and website to keep up with his amazing talent!
TIK TOK? @Davekoenigart
What’s your HUSTLE?
Painting and commercial art
How’d you get into this?
Honestly I enjoy drawing and painting and it is a great way to make a passive income from.
How do you find time to work on your paintings after tattooing/drawing/running Social media and all the other tasks we have as tattooers?
I need to have a creative outlet where I can draw what I want. Often I will make a piece as a painting and then offer it as a tattoo. That way I somewhat cross market painting with tattooing and I get to tattoo a design I have already fully rendered. Then the tattoo is done at its fullest potential. I do unfortunately neglect my emails and social media a bit because of this but I am working out a process to get better with that.
You think it’s important for tattooers to have other creative outlets?
I do. I think it fuels our drive to do better at tattooing. It is the least we can do. I mean these people getting the tattoos will quite literally be bringing our work to the grave. It is an honor.
Do you have a creative outlet that you’d rather not turn into a hustle? Something just for YOU that helps you escape or relax?
To be honest with my painting I turn down 95% of my commissions. As soon as I have someone to answer to on a “fun” side project it becomes something I have to do as opposed to something I want to do.
Do you have a bigger picture or a vision of where this could take you?
I am just collectively adding small side projects that will provide royalties to build a passive income to lean on. Hopefully help me out in the future if tattooing is not an option anymore.
Any Advice for Tattooers that are interested in building up a new creative outlet?
Tattooing is your backbone income. It is fun but you have to do it. Make your side hustle something that you don’t have to do but you want to do. If you lose time while you are doing it then it is what you should do. Create because you love the action of it. Not so much for the end product.
To everyone who busts their asses because they love and respect the action of creating.
Random knowledge drops/closing statements?
With nothing to prove there is nothing to lose.