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David Hale’s unique and celebrated art and tattoo style finds him among some of the most exciting tattoo artists working today. Currently living in Athens, GA with his wife Emily, son Crow, and pets. He owns LoveHawk Studios, the tattoo shop where he works. In addition to his amazing tattoo work, David is adept at painting and drawing and is also an experienced illustrator, designer, and muralist. David created this one-of-a-kind piece for Urban Threads in celebration of one of his favorite animals.

David's spirited "Love Bird" design is available in machine embroidery and hand embroidery formats.

Tell us a bit about your background -- what led you into art?

I am a 28-year-old illustrator/artist/tattooer living in Athens, GA. I was led into art very naturally at a young age, I can remember as far back as kindergarten being very interested in art making and supported in that path. It was truly inevitable that I would be an artist of some sort, it was my calling and I am blessed for it.

Tell us a bit about your bird design and the story behind it.

I love birds. Not in the trite usage of love as simply something you are strongly interested in, but in the deepest of meanings -- I love birds. So what would be more natural than drawing a love-bird? When all else fails just express what is in your heart, and you really cannot go wrong.

What inspires your designs?

I am inspired by so much, to me life and death are endless cycles of inspiration. There are so many layers of experience to be inspired by, we have an astonishingly beautiful physical world around us, we have an astonishingly beautiful interpersonal world around us, we have and astonishingly beautiful intrapersonal world within us, and we have an infinitely beautiful sacred world around us and within us at all times. Even in the darkest of times and the darkest of places we exist within a sea of beauty, and if you are not inspired you are wasting the precious few breaths you were given in this lifetime.

What’s your studio/workspace like?

I am very blessed to have two workspaces to create in, both are generally clean and organized most of the time as I have found that despite my tendency to make a mess, I can create with greater clarity with a certain level of cleanliness. It is also inherently necessary within the craft of tattoo. I have a well lit home studio that I built with a giant window overlooking some magnificent land, and a woodstove next to my drawing table to keep warm! I love being able to work from home and spend time with my wife and son. I also have a private boutique style tattoo and art studio in an arts district that is housed within an old cotton warehouse, so it is an efficient and comfortable space. I welcome folks from my town and around the world into it to receive tattoos.

What’s your favorite handmade craft you’ve ever made or received?

A special family friend of ours who was around for much of my childhood made my wife and me a beautiful handmade quilt for our wedding. I have always loved handmade quilts and feel that it is one of the most impressive crafts; this one is special for many reasons.

Finally, if you were a Crayola color, what color would you be?

Hmmm. Well, I would be purple because that is the color my son always seems to pick, and it would mean I could spend more even more time with him, and he is the coolest person I know!

You can see more of David’s work at DavidHale.org and LoveHawk.com.

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