Tattoo and fine artist, Scott Glazier, truly creates art to benefit others. When he’s not painting and drawing, he creating custom pieces in his painterly style for customers at Zulu Tattoo in California.
Name: Scott Glazier
What is your job? Artist, most people don’t consider this a job.
What social causes are most important to you?
On the top of my list of things that are socially important -- littering, over consumption, wastefulness. Having traveled and having a job of observance of the world and the way people live in it, is hard at times. This is due to the percentage of people that have no concern of throwing their cigarette butts on the ground, or ordering the so-called meal that could feed two and throwing out the leftovers. I suppose I can only support my actions and how I live. The expectations will often times be disappointing. I have lived and worked in a warehouse in E LA for 7 years as a minimalist. Garden hose in an outdoor corridor for a shower, hot plate, fridge, simple, non-cluttered life. I agree, this is harsh and extreme, but I just want to make a small difference and my only control over this is the way I live and view the world. I want the good in people and myself. This way of life is not ‘the starving artist (anymore)’ it just feels right. Regardless of how people live, there is always a trash can nearby (your pocket for a moment) or just take the responsibility and not trash and over consume shared property, the world.
What charities do you support – and how?
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Toys For Tots, Make a Wish foundation, and Inspiration Corporation to name a few. My money and support come from my art. I might auction a piece of art or do a painting for the kids. Over all, the support is within my talents, which is not based on making money.
For example, I will be the featured artist at a gallery show held at Near River East, at the River East Art Center; the show opens March 13th. It will benefit the Inspiration Corporation. I will be painting live and will also show another piece.
Do you have a passion for one in particular, is there a personal tie?
Pancreatic cancer, my mom suffered from this. It struck me deep and felt the need to put myself in her and many sufferers’ shoes. I rode 2637 miles on my bike self supported alone through the Mojave Desert in August, over the continental divide, across the Great Plains -- all without training. I felt, as I was throwing up in the desert due to heat or shock, “was this like going trough chemo?” I wanted to take my life as far as I could to the edge to inspire all to live. My mom, she is the wind now and her spirit speaks to me every day. The full story is at http://crossingforcancer.wordpress.com/
Is there a particular way you would want to encourage readers to be involved? Percentages of my artwork go to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network http://pancan.org
Artwork at: http://scottglazier.com
How would you define social responsibility?
Not being lazy with your actions or your words. Instead of complaining about things,
Change them; make things better by your actions.
Do you have any tattoos that relate to your social/charitable beliefs/work?
I have a tattoo across my clavicles that reads:
Ventus Portatus meus phasmatis, profundum habitum meus animus
Which means: “wind carries my spirit and the sea holds my soul”
My apprentice put this on me and it was the second time I gave him my machine to tattoo me. I have a mom tattoo, small that sits in the center of a ship’s life line, I have things buried around the world and have marked their coordinates on my body that is a map that one day I will take my kids to revile their value and life’s lessons. I have planed out with my tattoos an adventure for my future family that will hold to be the biggest adventure.