We had the good fortune of connecting with Timm Daza and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Timm, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
Knowing whether to give up or to keep going is an interesting question. Financially, I should have given up years ago, a million times over. I got into making art for a living in my early 20’s. I was young, naive, and already broke. Thats the best time to make crazy decisions, before adult brain kicks in and reminds you about consequences. By the time my adult kicked in, it was too late for me, there was no turning back. The reality is you have to be honest with yourself. I entered into a creative career before social media was a thing. I never thought I would make money, I just wanted to be happy. If you focus is money or “fame” thats an easier question to answer, going broke? Quit. Not becoming popular, do something else. If these are not your motivations, the answer becomes more difficult. When I made my decision to quit and move into another direction, it was really hard. For years I struggled financially, and creatively. What pushed me to the decision ended up being pretty simple, and something I carry with me into everything I do. Simply ask am I getting back what I am putting in? This was not a finical decision for me, but a quality of life decision. I wasn’t happy, and that effected everyone around me. I was fortunate enough to have a partner who was able to help me see the everyday pattern I had gotten myself into. So with that being said, if you find yourself consistently asking yourself whether to give up or to keep going, maybe you should do something else.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
20 years ago I started my career as a tattooer. My background was painting, and I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Drawing has always been a passion of mine, but NEVER came easy to me. I worked 7 days a week, drew all day long, and started figuring things out. Then forgot all those things, made more mistakes, didn’t learn from them, kept drawing. I learned not to take myself too seriously, have a good time, and the world always needs another fart joke. I went back to school in my 30’s to study animation, thought I knew how to draw, turned out I didn’t. I finished school and worked on my dream show Mr. Pickles. I slowly started tattooing less and less, and moved to animation full time. What have I learned through all of this? Life isn’t short, its actually kinda long, so buckle up and have a good time. Life’s too long to be upset all the time, go outside more, look at your phone less, buy nice socks. I really hope my new project expresses all these feelings. Trash Boys is whatever you think it is, and non of those things. It’s for everyone, and no one. Be nice to people, hug your loved ones, and remember, home is where your trash is.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First I would tell my friend that a week was too long, and he should only stay with me for a day or two. His feelings would get hurt, I would feel guilty, and we would compromise on 3.5 days. Everyday would start with them being hungry, I am not a big breakfast person. If they insisted, I would go to Woodys Dinner. There is a guy who works there who is super nice. I think he is into batman, so I would tell my friend to bring some batman thing to give him. Then maybe the Bowers museum for coffee? I want my friend to think I’m cultured. Downtown Santa Ana for dinner and drinks. there is so much good food in that area. They can stay there, I like to be home early. Day two would be an introduction to Mayor Max, the dog mayor of Idyllwild. Some hiking and whatnot, maybe end the day at the circle of orange, run into that lady who walks a goose. By day three they are tired of me and I drop them off at Disneyland and change my phone number.
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?
My family has really been great, and I wouldn’t be where I am now without them. My wife Allison has been by rock for the last 20 years.
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