"I don't like your work."
Last October I was honored to be part of an art show in Nashville, TN. Somewhere between 1000-1500 people showed up, which blew my mind. At that show I got one of the most meaningful compliments I've ever received. It was from a middle-age, conservatively dressed lady. I had seen her standing in front of my booth several times already, I asked her if I could help her. She told me "To be honest, I really do not like your work. I just don't like it, but I've been here 5 times already because even though I don't like it, I can't stop looking at it."
That to me was so much more meaningful than the "awesome pic" type comments that honestly kinda go in one ear and out the other. When I do work that is for my soul, like my concept driven work, that's all I want. If you do like it or if you don't, either is fine with me, but I want it to touch you. I want it to be embedded in your minds eye. I want it to make you uncomfortable.
This weekend I've got a booth setup at Tattanooga Tattoo Expo which is taking place at Camp Jordan in Chattanooga, TN. Come check out some work and hopefully it'll make you feel at least a little something....