Outside the Box – Jack Douglas

Outside the box finishes this Saturday, with its grand opening on Friday night. Head on down to check the completed works. Details here.

We caught up with Jack Douglas, to find out all about his OTB experience.

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Who are you and what do you do? Why art?
My Name’s Jack Douglas and I’m a tattooist and artist based in Melbourne, Australia. Being creative is the only thing I’ve ever enjoyed, so progressing into a creative career was the only logical step.

Why ‘Outside the Box’? What does being involved in an event like this mean to you?
I think for me it was more interesting to be inside the fish bowl looking out at the other incredible work being made or having been made. Having so many people coming from a variety of different disciplines being placed on such a level playing field was both intriguing and terrifying.

What is your dream project?
I’d love to get cracking on some more large scale tattoo projects and the teenager in me would also love to work with some of the heavy hitter skate companies on some deck graphics.

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Can you tell us a little about your piece and the inspiration behind it?
I went in with little to no plan, so not entirely sure its the best I could have done. I think that happens a lot when people intentionally take themselves out of their comfort zone. They experiment and not all of it is entirely a success or a polished piece of art. I basically started with the static object, gave it over to a simple subject matter (a heart) and then tried to give it a life of its own.

What do you dislike about the art world?
I think there’s a lot of negativity and when people allow themselves to be overwhelmed by it, they slow down their practice and even come to a complete stop in some cases. They get too caught up in the politics and forget why they’re a creative in the first place.

What do you like/dislike about your own work?
I think like a lot of other artists, I dislike nearly everything I do. If you become too complacent in what you’re doing, then you’re not striving to progress. It’s overwhelming the things out there I’m yet to learn and even the things I already know a little of and need to brush up on.

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How has your practice changed over time? What has been the catalyst for this change?
I think it’s probably the same as a lot of people, my taste has expanded as I’ve seen more and with that, so has a lot of the things I make and do. Tattooing has been the biggest catalyst for that, since I started working in the industry 4 1/2 years ago, the things that have been asked of me as a tattooist have been wildly different to the work I was making on my own in the years preceding. Its a constant learning process and I’m grateful to be able to continue working in the industry.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Work hard and draw more, without that constant push there can be no progression.

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