“I've had people take off way more clothing than they need to when getting tattooed... that's weird sometimes.” Josh, a tattoo artist from Milwaukee, WI found his love for creating at an early age. When he was two years old, he drew a remote control for an imaginary robot. He was blown away at the idea that he could draw any image that popped in his head. Years later when Josh was living in Chicago, a tattoo artist invited Josh out to an underground S&M party that he tattooed at. After witnessing total debauchery at the party, Josh wanted his friend to teach him what not to do when learning to tattoo and he agreed. Becoming a tattoo artist became his way to express his core self.  Josh fully believes it’s in his genetics to create. It’s who he is.

What do you wake up thinking about?

My Mom is in the hospital right now and is not doing well at all. That is pretty much consuming my thoughts all the time right now. Usually I have a nightmare or two about it just before I wake up so that's still in my head when I roll out of bed. 


What's your morning ritual?

I check my phone for messages. Sometimes I accidentally drop it on my face. I feed the dogs and let them out. Sometimes I'll have coffee and breakfast at the house and spend time with the dogs before work. Other times if I have a lot of drawing to do I'll go in to work early to do that and grab Starbucks on the way. 

How does social media play into your daily life?

It sucks up a lot of my down time. Too much. It's addicting though, it's hard to turn away. I also get most of my news through it and generally keep up on what's going on via Facebook and Instagram.  

Are we more connected or disconnected than before?

I'd imagine most people would say both. I'm superficially connected to lots of people and that's good in some ways. I've got connections with people I wouldn't otherwise have ever known. But it's disconnecting too because we are all on our fucking phones all the time and we hardly talk to each other. I feel like the art of conversation is going to be a lost art in the near future. But this way of life is here now. It's not going anywhere. You have to accept it and adapt. Generally I think it's a good thing that more people are able to communicate with each other and with a broader spectrum of people. Also, it's great if you're single or awkward in social situations. 

What is most important to you in life?

The immediate circle of organisms in my life, human and otherwise. Followed by shelter, health and security.

Follow Josh: @elderly_lady