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Meet Dolce Guevara

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dolce Guevara.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born in Sonora, Mexico, into a poor, hard-working family. I was the second of three children. As far back as I remember, I always asked my mom for coloring books and told my mom I needed to be doing something. So she took me to the municipal gym, and I became a gymnast at age 4, even though it wasn’t painting, I learned to push myself, hard enough until I can achieve anything I want and put my mind into it.

I always wanted to help my family since we never had enough money, but as a child, there were not many things I could do. So I started selling my drawings, my paintings and sometimes I would jump around and do some gymnastic routine so people would tip me.

I grew up and lived like this until love, need and art took me to Los Angeles when I was 19 years old. I spent wonderful years with my now husband, painting in an apartment we rented off Sunset Blvd, dreaming about having a gallery show of my own, but we struggled often. So after being a young couple with more dreams than actual aim and set goals, I began tattooing.

Please tell us about your art.
I’m a black and grey tattoo artist. I mix realistic and surrealistic images in hopes of recreating my client’s thoughts and emotions. I want people to know that I work on every single one of my designs with all my time and heart because I want people to trust that I can create something so good for them that they will enjoy an love for the rest of their lives.

I want people to take away from my artwork that tattooing can be a beautiful career, regardless of whether you are a man or woman, or regardless of your sexuality. I’ve struggled, but just like things change in business, politics, science, and arts, so things can also change in the tattoo industry. You can become the best at what you do, no matter the field and I want more women to be able to dream and feel this way about everything.

Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
It does change over time, that’s pretty much undeniable. Personally what I deal with is having clients from all walks of life, from different parts of the US or the world, individuals who are in the military or in local law enforcement, people from immigrant families or immigrants themselves, and they all have different opinions and different views of the world and what happens in it.

So in my line of business, especially since I create on other people’s skin, I try to be as open-minded as I can and interpret each piece trying to understand the value that it has for my client. So since the events around us shape what inspires my clients to get tattooed, every day, there is new subject matter and new meaning to the tattoos that I create. That would be the main way that my art is particularly affected.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
People can see my work on my Instagram page, that is where I keep my portfolio and post updates of the work I do.

I wish people would support me by looking at my work and not thinking instantly “yeah, she’s good even though she’s a girl”. I’d like to actually have my style recognized for what it is and not just have people thinking that because I’m a female I probably only do small tattoos, finger tattoos, or pinterest tattoos.

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Dolce Guevara
Ali Zamora

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