Interview by Jeff Gogué
Cory Norris: The approach that I take in life is going to be the same approach that I take for every tattoo, for the work that I do. I go at it with an open mind, I listen, I am observant. Obviously with a tattoo, you’re working on somebody else so they’re going to have their own agenda on what they’re wanting in the tattoo. You have to be respectful of that, but hopefully they’ll give you some leeway to open up and express yourself through it, to a certain degree...
CN: I mean what do you think? Do you live your life the same way that you do your work, or do you see a difference between going home to your family or going to work? Is there a distinction? Do you act the same in each place?
Jeff Gogué: No, I don’t think so. I do think my agenda is to grow as a person, to mature and to explore who I am as a person so I don’t see much of a distinction, personally. I have a tendency to think I’m the only one and that has to be arrogance or pride or something. I don’t know what that is.
The more, I think, you talk to people, obviously when you open up lines of communication, more times than not you discover that there’s a relatability and you’re not the only one that feels that way. You’re not the only one that sees things this way or that way, or you have this desire or that desire like, “I want this,” or “I want that.”
I think it’s pretty easy to find those commonalities between people. That’s encouraging. So no, I don’t see much of a distinction for me.
CN: For me, I just approach it as I want to do the best that I can with what I have right now. Tomorrow I might have more. The day after that, I might have a better understanding of something. Where I’m at right now is to just keep an open mind and to stay positive the best that I can.
In the beginning, it probably was about the money but it’s not that anymore. It’s nice and I love that I can make a living doing something that I love to do and provide for my family. Honestly, I think I would still be doing it regardless of the pay.
Cory Norris can be found at:
420 Colfax Ave
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Cory's complete article is featured in TAM #26.
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