We had the good fortune of connecting with Adrian Caro and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adrian, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Without taking risk none of what I do would be possible. Risk taking has been fundamental to my entire existence. There’s a saying one of my mentors told me and that is “There is no reward without great risk”. You see, when you risk everything, you discover who you really are and what you’re actually capable of. My thought process is ” If you don’t take this risk you’ll never know what could have been.” Taking risk makes people uncomfortable, but that is when we grow the most.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
First of all, I would like to thank the entire Voyage LA team for creating a space to highlight artists and like minded people such as myself.
It took a lot of perseverance, consistency, long nights and eating Top Ramen! It definitely was not easy but it has been worth the hard work and sacrifices. I can remember tattooing in my Mom’s garage after just getting out of prison . I had no real goals, I was lost and trying to find my path. I made the decision that I was going to get serious about tattooing and quit my day job two weeks later. I was unfortunately homeless at the time but I was determined to get myself out of that situation. I started drawing everyday and talking to every person I could, telling them how amazing I was; but wake up call, I really wasn’t shit! I had no idea what I was doing (lol), but I kept striving forward, I never thought of quitting!
Failure was NOT an option for me. I had failed at everything else I had ever tried. I vowed I would not fail at this or become another statistic of the prison complex or worse, dead. I immediately had to learn that no one was going to believe in me unless I believed in myself first. My life changed when I fully dedicated my time to my craft and started to believe that I could become a successful tattoo artist. I stopped messing around and started working around the clock not only on my craft, but learning the business inside out. I was sometimes doing 15-18 hour days; It was non stop grind!
I was then able to open my first tattoo studio prematurely, with the help of family. I thought I was ready and come to find out, running a business was not as easy as I thought. After three years of being open, I unfortunately had to close the studio while being incarcerated, yet again. I was so disappointed in myself, but I was determined! I still didn’t quit! I had to get my shit together. AGAIN! Fast forward a couple years, I moved to downtown Los Angeles. This was the beginning of another journey.
This time I was prepared with the lessons, struggles, trial and errors and those late nights. Everything was finally starting to come together. I was able to open another tattoo studio under the name, Sacred Art Studio. I chose this name because tattooing has been so sacred to me. The bond someone experiences while getting tattooed is also sacred.
Every piece I complete has a piece of my soul in it. A piece of my struggle, a little piece of me. When I do a tattoo, I put purpose into every stroke of the needle. This is how tattooing hasn’t become monotonous for me. Always trying to push the boundaries to my creativity. Trying to be better than I was yesterday. I turned tattooing into my passion. It was no longer a “job” but now, my life.
Since then, I have been blessed and grateful to have opened a new fully customized location and rebranded version of Sacred Art Studio in adjacent Downtown Los Angeles. I am really excited for this new chapter. I have been tattooing for twenty years now and I feel like I’m just in my prime. I can’t wait for what’s to come!
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My “Secret” to success is hard work, consistency, perseverance and being relentless.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Yes! I would like to give credit to my loyal apprentice/assistant and friend Robert Diaz. He is a major player behind the scenes that keeps the gears rolling in my business. I also want to shout out all of my Clients, Friends and Followers. They have really kept me going with encouragement and words that keep me inspired and grateful.
Robert Diaz Ruben Campos Usik – High Perception Bryan E. Rivera