The Proust Questionnaire: David Tevenal
It's been a while since we've done the Proust Questionnaire for Tattoo Artists, and so I roped David Tevenal into playing along. Dave does strong, graphic tattoos influenced by Americana, folklore, contemporary art as well as traditional Japanese work. You can find him at Memento Tattoo & Gallery in Columbus, Ohio.
The Proust Questionnaire for Tattoo Artists
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Living for nothing. Having no sense of purpose.
What is your idea of earthly happiness? Watching my daughter grow, and also making fun tattoos on great people.
Your most marked characteristic? I obsess over art, more so - my work. I literally drown myself in it constantly. I'm also rather loud, and lack an inner-monologue.
What is your principle defect? I often struggle to please everyone.
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction? The Marvel Universe.
Who are your favorite heroes in real life? My fiance and daughter. They put up with so much and are extremely supportive in my endeavors. They are there for me when nobody else is and take me as I am.
Your favorite painter? James Jean. Hands down.
Your favorite musician? Well, I have a ton of favorite bands. I guess I'd have to say Glassjaw.
Your favorite writer? I don't really read for leisure's sake as much as I should, but theoretical physicist Michio Kaku's books always have a way of putting into perspective how infinitesimal we really are in the grand scheme of things.
The quality you most admire in a man? Hard work.
The quality you most admire in a woman? Well considering my search is over, the qualities I admire most in MY woman is her sense of humor and her dedication to our family.
Your favorite virtue? Sincerity.
Who would you have liked to be? Nothing, I'm pretty stoked on how I turned out. Dents and all. But I would have loved to live in Feudal Japan or be a Roman Gladiator. Death was the central aspect of their lives, so they embraced it. That's pretty deep shit.
What are your favorite names? Chloe. Lisa.
What natural gift would you most like to possess? Music. I've never been musically inclined ever in my life. I always admired those who could play music.
How would you like to die? I don't care, as long as my job here is done.
What is your present state of mind? Crush, Kill, Destroy.
What is your motto? "Plow deep while sluggards sleep." - Benjamin Franklin
See more of David's work here. Also check this beautiful time-lapse tattoo video of the artist at work, directed Sean Grevencamp.