Ian Miller: I want to leave a legacy in the lives of people who buy and wear my art.
Tell us a little about you(your background and how was it like)?
I am an artist, I knew I wanted to make art every day since I was 3, and I had a drawing accepted into a local newspaper. My parents, John and Lori encouraged me and my sisters, Ellia and Naomi to follow my dream, so I did. I took every art class I could, and ultimately went to Academy of Art University SF for college. After that, Some friends from high school convinced me to start tattooing and I fell in love with it. I was offered a tattoo apprenticeship at Talisman Tattoos in Modesto from an excellent veteran tattooed named Chow. I spent 8 years apprenticing there, while falling in love with my beautiful wife, Tiffany and starting a family. We now have 4 children, Kelly Lee, Jack Bronson, Salem Rose, and Lilith Ann. After my 8 years at Talisman. I went off to open my own studio in Roseville CA, Legion Art Collective, where I (@ianmillerart) work with 3 other amazing artists, @stipplebeast @franklinmint and my own apprentice, @kristelleink as well as my assistant, Mary.
What do you value most from your country?
The United States of America is a country built on entrepreneurship and encourages people to follow their dreams. My dream of being an artist was not an unrealistic idea here like it would be in many other parts of the world, and that applies to anyone with any dream here.
Who influences you to go after your goals?
I want to leave a legacy in the lives of people who buy and wear my art. I want to provide a healthy and comfortable life for my family, and do it by making art every day. My parents told me I could do it, my wife told me I could do it, my friends told me I could do it, and my country told me I could do it… So I did.
What advice can you give a teen about going through hardships?
Being a teenager is the hardest time in our life, just remember you are surrounded by other teenagers at that time going through the hardest time in their lives as well. Real life begins in our 20’s we just have to hang in there and make it to that point. Never, never, never quit!
If you and only three wish to change your family or the world’s life what would they be?
I wish to buy a house and some land for my large family so we can stop being cramped into apartments. I wish the whole world was focused on providing for themselves and their families instead of destroying other people. I wish good education and good healthcare were more affordable for families my size, 6 people on one income is hard enough already!
Was there a time u helped others out?
I carried on the tradition of mentorship and apprenticeship in my career as a tattooer, and gave another young artist an opportunity to create a career for themselves to provide for their family the way I was given that opportunity.
Are you happy in the position you are now in life?
I am happy, but not satisfied. I want to be a better artists, husband, father, business owner, and friend every day. Contentment and complacency are two different things.
What questions would you like me to make next for the new interviees coming to the website?
What is your philosophy for success? What are your plans for your future?