Winter is upon us and the skies are sufficiently gloomy in Northern Cal (cue Billy Holiday, please and thank you). This time of year feels like a holding pattern while we collectively wait for the “good” months to return to us. But this season of quietude and crisp weather isn’t all bad, of course. I’m reminded of a quote from the classic movie Groundhog Day when former as*&le turned decent human being, Phil Connors AKA Bill
“When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn’t imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter. “
I like the sound of that. I like the idea of settling in and enjoying all that you are surrounded by. I also like the idea of heading down south to warmer weather and an opportunity to discover a new shop helmed by a talented artist and tattooer who brings a tremendous amount of soul and intention to his craft.
“World-renowned artist, Dillon Forte, is recognized primarily for his contemporary style of Sacred Geometry in tattooing. A California native, born February 1987, Forte has since dedicated his life to the pursuit of excellence in his craft. He believes in viewing the body as a whole and creates harmonious designs to flow seamlessly with the skin. Forte has been published in various magazines, books, and editorials worldwide. His side projects include photography, painting, fashion and tech design, commercial and residential murals, and gallery exhibitions. “
“With 13 years of tattooing experience, Forte quickly found that integrating his purpose, spirituality and symbiotic relationship with creativity into his tattooing has been a primary driver of his success. When he was a teenager, Forte was introduced to the book The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life, which served as a springboard for his geometric inspiration and continues to be the foundation of his tattoo and artistic expression. His portfolio has attracted celebrity clients such as Chris Hemsworth and Kat Von D, and Forte has appeared on TV shows such as The Art Of Ink and Jean Claude Van Johnson. His work has also been featured by Uproxx, Tattoodo,
Forte is also known for his other creative efforts including sculptures, canvas art, murals, tech designs, and galleries. Other artists at Sri Yantra Tattoo Venice include famed artist Cleo Kinnaman and the shop often announces guest tattoo artists throughout the year. Forte is available by appointment only, and more about the studio, artists on staff and guest tattooists can be found at www.dillonfortetattoo.com”
Of course having this blog gives me an opportunity to ask amazing tattoo artists all kinds of questions and in general, they will answer like, 80% of them. Dillon took time out of managing his second tattoo studio in Venice, CA, located in the heart of Abbot Kinney, to chat with me and here is what he had to say;
I’ve been tattooing for approximately 12 years now and I’ve always tried to incorporate my own style to anything I do. However, I’ve only had the privilege of tattooing Sacred Geometric inspired pieces almost exclusively for the past 6-7 years.
How would you define sacred geometry tattoos – what sets them apart from other tattoos or is it merely an aesthetic choice?
Sacred Geometry I consider to be something inspired by the mathematical principles found in the biological and organic world. It’s at
What do you think draws clients to your work? The artistry or something more spiritual?
I’d like to think it’s the combination of both and
I’ve been creating art in some way or another for as long as I can remember. I was and always have been enamored by the idea of creating art on a living interactive human
I just appreciate people being flexible and that they try to avoid bringing in too many preconceived notions or ideas. It’s best when you just go with the flow and we can allow the creative process to happen unhindered by control
I prefer to work with black as it achieves the max contrast and tonal range and it seems like a more minimalist approach to such a complex subject matter
I guess I’m always looking to the future so who knows what will happen however for now I’m excited to have a private space so close to the beach 🙂
What is next for you as an artist – tattoo or other mediums?
I’d like to create a nonprofit organization centered around spreading the awareness of geometry and how focusing on our most fundamental selves we can see the immense interconnection we have with one another.
I might be running out of real estate but I am never short on wonder when I learn about or meet an artist