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Life & Work with Justin Kennon

Today we’d like to introduce you to Justin Kennon.

Hi Justin, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. I was a punk kid, who disliked school, and authority in general. around the age of 20 or 21, after bouncing back and forth between jobs I hated so much, I was really just trying to find my purpose in life. It wasn’t until I was just chilling at a bar, drawing on a napkin, when some drunk guy comes up and says “Wow, you planning to become a tattoo artist??” The idea never crossed my mind until that moment.

Conveniently enough, I was just starting a metal band, and I met Logan Martin (our badass drummer) and he was an apprentice at a shop. How weird, right? He got me my first Gig at the shop he was working for, and the rest is history. I have been tattooing for just about 10 years now and never looked back. sometimes the stars just align, but I believe they only do that when you’re looking for them to do so.

I’m currently working at Frenchtown Tattoo company in Historic St. Charles and couldn’t be happier. The place is so inviting and the artists I work with are simply amazing dudes.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Oh, Of course not! L-O-L.

This has got to be the most challenging thing I have ever done in my entire life. Just the stress of “you better not mess up” is enough to make anyone not wanna do what we do.

It’s very unfortunate, but, you mess up a lot in the beginning. That is the only way to learn. Nobody wants to mess someone up, but it’s the nature of being a beginner. I see people come to me with a tattoo I did 10 years ago, and think, “OOF!” Haha. Most people are ok with it though because they have a “Justin original” as they say. It’s weird to me but people think it’s so cool, and so do I. To have such trust from people is so stressful but awesome. I will always be my own worst critic. Most of us are. You simply asking me to do this interview was a wow factor.

There are many stressful things about this profession. The list could be forever and a day-long, But with hard work and dedication, you can do amazing things. That applies to all aspects of life. I like to live by one saying,

“If you love what you do, You never have to work a day in your life”.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
So, I love the Neo-Traditional and New School style of tattooing.

Bold lines, bold colors, and things not so realistic. Art is fun and I wanna keep it that way by doing my own thing. I am not the only Neo Trad or New school artist in St. Louis, There are so many amazingly talented guys and gals! I think what separates us all is the come-up. We all come from different places and different surroundings, and that makes us artists. We are inspired by different things and we take little pieces of everything we love and add them to our own “Style”.

To put it simply, I’m just so proud to be a part of the tattoo community here and St. Louis and its outskirts. I could have never been where I am today if it wasn’t for all the awesome people I’ve met. We help and support each other the best we can. It’s beautiful. A lot of people think we are just the scum of the earth.

Gang Related, Drug abuse, delinquents, but they are SO wrong. we have some of the most down-to-earth, family-oriented, people you will ever meet. I would hang out with these “Delinquents” over some dude in a suit and tie ANYDAY.

What does success mean to you?
Work hard.

It’s really that simple.

Success doesn’t just come to anyone. I mean unless you were born into this life with billionaire parents. LOL.

But with us normal people who are working from the ground up to that point, need to work hard and sleep later. Like I said earlier, If you put your mind and dedication to something, You’ll go far kid.

Pricing:

  • I take a $200 deposit to book an appointment. That, of course, comes off the total when our work is finished
  • I charge $200 per hour. and have a $200 minimum.

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