The Proust Questionnaire: Michael Kortez
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I really enjoyed this installment of the the Proust Questionnaire for Tattoo Artists with multidisciplinary artist Michael Kortez. Michael's work infuses Cubism, Pop Art, Surrealism and Traditional Tattooing styles into his own unique portfolio. You can find him tattooing at Tattoo Mania in West Hollywood, California.

For this Q&A, Michael offers some insight into the man behind the artwork.

What is your current state of mind?
Trying to be open for growth and ready for anything.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Perfect happiness is waking up everyday and doing exactly what I want to do.

What is your greatest fear?
Losing the rest of my eyesight. I use bottle cap glasses.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Which living person do you most admire?
Tattoo Godmother Shanghai Kate.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

I'm a Cancer, so my sensitivity.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

What is your greatest extravagance?
I spend a lot of money on records, movies and Beatles Boots.

What is your favorite journey?
Traveling to Europe was a blast...I look forward to going back at some point.

What is your most treasured possession?
Pictures of my father. There are only 3 in existence.

When and where were you happiest?
Here and Now.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would give myself a quicker wit.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Becoming a professional artist.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

The ninth circle of hell.

What is your most marked characteristic?
My enthusiasm.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Holden Caulfield.

How would you like to die?
In my sleep, dreaming.

What is your motto?
EVER FORWARD...Nothing can stop you.

See more of Michael's work on Instagram.

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