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Meet Drew Normandin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Drew Normandin.

Drew, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was very young when I started working on art. My Nana was a huge inspiration to me as she was a great artist. She taught me many things about art and helped me to learn that art is one of the most wonderful things a person can create. I moved when I was twelve to Colorado where my love of art grew deeper as my anxiety forced me away from others. For many years, I worked myself ragged trying to produce great fine art that would sell in galleries all around the world, yet my anxiety kept me from those far off dreams. Fine art was my calling, but my mind told me I was not good enough to go and face my peers and have them judge me.

In 2016, I finally got help and started on medication that not only helped with my anxiety but gave me the push I needed to change my work into something new and exciting. I was able to start attending gallery events and have my art shown and seen by hundreds of people. While my art was ever-changing, my status as an artist remained the same. I dabbled in comic book art, t-shirt design, thought about even becoming a tattoo artist. I had been working at home for about a year from an internet company, while also working hard on my art when I could.

In 2017, I found out I was going to be a father. This news pushed me out of any comfort zone I had left and into the world of tattooing. I had to work hard if I were to support my family, and working for an internet company at minimum wage was not going to cut it. I worked harder than I ever had in my life, practicing for free on friends and colleagues that would let me, as well as myself constantly to get to the point I needed. It did not take long for me to realize that tattooing was the passion in my life that I had been searching for for so long. When my daughter was born, I was already working in a shop, and a short year later I was invited to work at Sea Hag Tattoo in Temecula, California. I have been at Sea Hag for over a year now, and I proudly call it home. My friends who work there are a constant support, as well as my family.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Definitely has its ups and downs but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Hard times make you appreciate the good ones.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I am a tattoo artist that specializes in single needle tattoos, from micro realism to fine line. I’m also known for almost only doing black and grey. People often laugh when they see all the beautiful bottles of colored ink on coworker’s walls and see that I only have tones of black and white. I’m most proud of the fact that I get to do what I love while supporting my daughter. As far as what sets me apart, I would just say I feel my work speaks for itself. Good single needlework is far and few between, and I’m proud to specialize in it.

What were you like growing up?
I had a mostly good childhood, although leaving California was very hard for me(happy to be back). Interest wise I have always loved art, of course, but also loved Star Wars, skateboarding and music.

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