Today we’d like to introduce you to Cari Coleman.
Cari, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was raised in the tiny town of Byron, Ga. It was just my mom, my sister, and me against the world. From an early age, I knew I didn’t quite fit in. My attraction to the same sex and tendency toward the macabre as an aesthetic prevented me from relating to most people I encountered in that small, southern community. By my teenage years, I had lost faith in religion, government, and other forms of authority. I knew my path was not carved out for me and that I would have to find my own way.
My first love was music, I spent hours each day listening and learning guitar. With still more angst to express, I dove head first into visual arts. By the age of 15, I was creating work with socio-political content, often to the dismay of my art teachers. After graduation, I moved to Florida where I began a tattoo apprenticeship while studying music engineering in college. I eventually realized that the music industry was drenched in a similar dogmatism and automation as those authoritative entities that I had abandoned in my youth. It was then that I whole heartedly pursued my career in tattooing.
12 years later, I look back and feel so grateful that my path led me here. In 2013, I made the journey to San Diego. San Diego held within its borders the opportunities that I had always longed for and a community that was loving, accepting, and supportive. I knew I could focus on the quality of my work and surround myself with kind and passionate people.
Within a month, I met the woman who would become my best friend, savior, muse, and wife, Diana DeAugustine. I applied for a position as a tattoo artist at her shop (then in South park) Diego Tattoo Gallery. I immediately knew that I was in the company of a higher caliber individual than I had experienced in the past. We were married in that shop. In November of 2016 we moved the shop to City Heights. The passion for art and music is as strong as ever, if not stronger. I’m working on multiple music projects, painting, and/or tattooing almost every day.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Most of my artwork is steeped in sarcasm, the macabre, and the adorable. Juxtaposition has been a mode for to express the hypocrisy that I’ve witnessed, as well as the contradictions that lie within every human being.
I primarily work in watercolor, acrylic, and marker, but so dabble in oils and digital media as well. As far as tattooing, I learned to tattoo before artists fractured off into singular voices and styles. I do my best to accommodate the client and create something collaboratively that is an expression of themselves through me.
Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
The acceptance and admiration for artists as contributors in society has greatly improved. With so much exposure from television and social media, art has become accessible and appreciated by the public. The best thing we can all do is to share our favorite art with our friends and buy handmade art for our homes. The impact that financial support has on the art community cannot be understated.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I keep an updated portfolio of tattoos on Instagram. My primary account is @carebeartattoos.
MY Instagram and Facebook are updated regularly with current and future showings of my paintings as well as the work of other artists at Diego Tattoo Gallery. Please a tip by the shop and say hello! We all love meeting new people and sharing experiences as well as art!
- Address: Diego Tattoo Gallery
3434 University Ave
San Diego, Ca 92104
- Website: Www.carebeartattoos.com
- Phone: 6192465226
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @carebeartattoos
All photos by myself.