We had the good fortune of connecting with Min Liu and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Min, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
To me, everything comes down to creative freedom. As an animation artist and tattoo artist, these are two formats that I feel most true to myself. I don’t feel like it was intended for me to start my own business, but simply because in this way, I can have more power over my own work.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As an animation artist, I would like to think I have a unique vision. My style is unique and with a dark sense of humor. I play with increased consideration for negative space and a strong color palette to create a special and impressive visual. I was lucky when I started this journey in 2013 while social media, especially Instagram, was just getting popular in the creative industry. I was able to build my brand and establish my followers and eventually a steady client base. I started my other journey as a tattoo artist 4 years ago, to express the side I can’t with digital art. To me, there’s something very special about tattooing.
My animation and illustration works are hand-drawn and with an organic feeling, but I create digitally.
My tattoo is another story, the style is very geometric and abstract, but it is done in the analog format, aka the human skin. I like the contrast about it. It is hard to start a new business later in life, but I find joy in doing it.
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.
I live in Bushwick and this is a neighborhood I love dearly. Think I will take them on a taco tasting trip in my area, just people-seeing and feeling the energy of Brooklyn. There is a local bar called Heavy Woods with great southern food and a very chill vibe, where I sometimes go working on my storyboard during weekdays. It is a great spot to meet friends and have a drink or ten on weekend. And definitely go check out some queer venues or drag brunch. I love Three Dollar Bills, which is an LGBTQ venue around my tattoo studio, love to support locals.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I will like to thank my parents although they still don’t understand what I am doing with my life they are proud of me no matter what. They gave me the ticket to chase the life I want.
Instagram: Animation: @bloodydairy , Tattoo: @minnnliuuu