We had the good fortune of connecting with Nate Beavers and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nate, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Being a Dad to a boy, aged 10, and a girl, aged 8, I find it necessary to carve out time specifically to work on art because sometimes life can get in the way. The balance is, I get drawings and artwork done by incorporating my kids into the process. It affords me the opportunity to get work done and also teach my kids about my craft. Although I do not expect them to follow in my footsteps, I still want them to have a skill set to fall back on. As a Dad, it’s important to teach my kids about the fundamentals of art and tattooing and spend loads of quality time together.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Born and bred in South Houston, Texas, I started tattooing in August of 1994, which makes this my twenty-sixth year of tattooing. I combined different tattooing styles as a hybrid; that is when I started getting recognition and propelled my career forward. I was the first to combine realism and traditional tattooing into a single piece. I traveled a lot and learned about different styles of tattooing. At one point, I was doing 20+ conventions per year. I also did many guest spots at various shops worldwide, which provided me a wealth of knowledge, experience, and culture.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Are you hungry? Have a look at my food blog on Instagram @HTXFOODBLOG, where I highlight some incredible Chef’s delicious eats. Also, Munger Park is one of my favorite places here in Houston.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
One cause that I donate to is here in Houston, and they are the Anti-Trafficking Alliance. I’ve mentored a few of their clients that are such incredible artists and are very inspiring. The art for them became therapeutic, as it has been for me in my life. I love the work they do, and all people should be free.
Instagram: @NateBeavers @HTXFOODBLOG