Tainted Ink Press

Fort Garland, CO

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I am a classical artist trained in Southern California, and life long study.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

The best thing about being an independent artist is the ability to set my own hours and move freely about the county, and I get to meet some amazing and wild people. I use to work a 55-60 hr job in the medical field where when I woke up it was dark, and when I got home, the sun was setting. I hardly had time to rest much less enjoy life. As an artist I do set a routine, but that's at my leisure. It didn't come instantly, it took years of sacrifice and giving up 'traditional comforts' before I reached the top of my cascades. Being an artist is more the slinging paint and ink. It is a life style.
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Location

Fort Garland, CO 81133

Years in business

9

Number of employees

1

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
We talk about their vision, budget and the realistic demands of a mural.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I draw, paint and practice everyday.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Size, detail and complication all add to cost and time.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Its my passion.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Murals, costume design, character development, story boarding and book illustrations are my strongest suites.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I did a 200 foot long, 14 ft high mural in Colina's Park. San Diego.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
I can't express how often I've heard new clients come to me frustrated with the quality of work they got, and the price they paid. When it comes to 'hiring' and artist, there are a few steps you can take to save your self a headache, and an ugly painting in your house. First: Ask to see a portfolio. Any good artist worth their weight in crimson oil will have a 'stack' of work they can show you. Second: Go online and take a look at local artist pricing. Do a little shopping and price comparison. But be forewarned, when it comes to art...you do get what you paid for. Third: Do you and the artist mesh? If you are what many in my field call 'vibing out', you probably don't want to work with that person. Having a good groove will lead to communication and expression of needs, and expectations. and lastly... be fair and honest with yourself. Art is not free, nor are the supplies, the time, years of experience. Be prepared to pay more for a classical student of the arts over a fly by night paint job. Good luck, Happy painting.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Folks often balk and are shocked by the initial cost of art. It may have taken me 30 seconds to bust out a design, but it took me 30 years to master it.