We had the good fortune of connecting with D Davis and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi D, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I’ve always been an entrepreneur, operating with a business mind since elementary school, so starting businesses was less of a thought but more of a necessity to ensure my success in the way I saw it. That being said, the thought process behind my first brick & mortar location was a way to culminate all of my business ventures into one hub that doesn’t only support my own creative mind but allows the minds of other creatives to have a place to spotlight.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I try to use my art to represent black excellence in every way. Representing our culture in a space where it wasn’t represented enough in the beginning of my career, at least not anywhere on a large enough scale to where I could find it as I was teaching myself how to use the new medium of tattooing. Being self taught there’s a lot of trial and error, and those difficult and disheartening trials helped me to mold my art into my own voice. However coming up on my sixth year in this space, I know that you never stop learning & I’m excited to see what the things I learn in the future can transform my art into.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Houston has a rich restaurant and food culture and I would easily use up the whole week exploring that! Going first into the uptown and downtown areas searching for the best food spot available. & of course ending the trip visiting 4D Custom Design Studio and allowing one of the artists to show their full creativity in an amazing work of art that will stay with me forever!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First & foremost I would have to dedicate my successful path to my mother, never doubting and my biggest supporter. But the entrepreneur Daymond John & his book “The Power of Broke” opened my eyes to a new way to combine all of my ventures and maximize my own success, in my own way.

Website: shop4dapparel.com

Instagram: @ddavisdesigns_

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