Up until this point, everyone I have interviewed has been a friend or acquaintance. When I was getting ready to do the Tim Hendricks interview, I spoke with my friend Demian Cane. "Since you're coming down, you should do Flatmo, too."
Now I have seen a lot of Kore Flatmo's work and I've always loved it, but I've never so much as even seen a picture of him, let alone had a heart to heart conversation. Demian took matters into his own hands and called him. One phone call later, I was sick to my stomach with nerves.
I am not what anyone would call a social butterfly, I have anxiety beyond a doubt. I am only 100% comfortable at two times, when I am tattooing, and when I am in my home. All I can do is think of how I don't know the guy and how awkward it will be, and how could I possibly do a good interview if I don't know what to ask? Seriously.
Well, lets say when I met him it was a surprise, the general size of the man. I was not expecting a big dude since his tattoos have such a gentle sense about them. Kore was really easy to talk to, very well spoken, and had strong opinions, which is a quality that I love in people.
Strong opinions, to me, signify a strong character. Whether that has any validity, who knows, but that's what I believe. After a few minutes, it became clear that Kore is as prolific in his words as he is in his tattooing, and I was able to see where the gentleness in his work originates.
This interview turned out to be single-handedly the easiest one I have ever done. I hope that his words bring a huge smile to your face, as they did to mine.
Thanks again Kore for your graciousness, and thank you Danny Dringenberg for letting me do this at your place. LST viewers, you are in for a treat.