To see the mind of Dillon Forte is to see his artwork all across the globe. His devotion to sacred geometry and being a world renown tattoo artist has made him not only iconic, but highly sought after. He currently has a 3-year wait.
We had a chance to sit down with Dillon, talk about his artwork, his thoughts on cannabis and of course, his newly found love for CBD and the product line (ointment) he’s creating for treating tattoos immediately after completion.
I started looking into cannabis back when I heard Henry Ford created a car that was made out of, and ran on hemp. After that I started researching other uses for the plant. That was the beginning of a very long YouTube binge.
Dillon, we’re excited to connect with you and learn more about your journey as well as your professional background. We know you’re a highly sought after world renown tattoo artist. Can you tell us a little bit about your artistry and your approach?
Dillon: I primarily focus on Sacred Geometry. I like to design pieces that are bold but intricate. Incorporating black work, line work, and “dotwork” to create depth.
We love sacred geometry and your work is impeccable. How did decide to focus on sacred geometry and go all in on it?
Dillon: I’ve always had a passion for Sacred Geometry. I find it fascinating that there are mathematical laws of the universe that connect us all. Everything that exists that can be observed in our communal reality is only possible because of these laws.
Sacred Geometry and Art Work by Dillon Forte
Arm Sleeve & Chest by Dillon Forte
We also here you’re a cannabis advocate from your past (in its proper manner) and an even bigger CBD advocate in your present.
Let’s first start with why you believe in cannabis as a plant-based medicine and a culture driver?
Dillon: Cannabis is a miracle medicine. I think it’s great that there is a natural alternative to pain management, insomnia, anxiety, etc. I also think there are benefits to the psychoactive effects of THC.
And at what point did you discover the healing power of CBD?
Dillon: I started looking into cannabis back when I heard Henry Ford created a car that was made out of, and ran on hemp. After that I started researching other uses for the plant. That was the beginning of a very long YouTube binge.
We sure know about how awesome the effects CBD has on the brain and body. How has CBD shaped and affected your life?
Dillon: I use CBD to help manage stress. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by everyday life. CBD helps me to keep a positive mental attitude and give my best self to my family, friends, and clients
And you use CBD in some of the ointments after you’re done tattooing your customers, correct? What kind of healing effects have you noticed?
Dillon: I actually use CBD ointments through the entire tattoo process. It helps to curb pain and manage swelling. Better for the client and better for healing.
In total, do you think CBD will be even bigger than cannabis as a whole?
Dillon: I think it’s possible.
Living in Venice, CA, I see CBD products everywhere. Coffee, ice cream, lotions, etc. I could definitely see a future where CBD is available to people all over the US in the next couple of years.
Do you think cannabis and CBD brings people together similarly to the way tattoo work and art does?
Dillon: I think so. People can bond over anything they have in common.
What about the intersection of cannabis/CBD and art as a whole? How do you think the plant brings out other elements in artwork and/or tattooing?
Dillon: Cannabis is great for unlocking creativity. Changing and challenging your perspective is always beneficial.
Do you think you’ll ever get involved in the industry?
Dillon: I am actually currently in development on a CBD tattoo salve. I’ll be sure to send you guys a sample before we hit the market!
Where would you like to see the industry grow over the next 3 years?
Dillon: I’d like to see CBD become accessible to patients all across the US. I think it’s a shame that there is so much red tape around a natural medicine that could help a lot of people with little side effects
How important do you think the internet will be in the shaping of this industry as it moves forward?
Dillon: Most of us get our news/info from the internet. It helps us to stay informed on new policies and helps to hold big corporations accountable as they enter the market.
Anything new you’ve got coming up that you’d like to share with us in general?
Dillon: I’ll be attending the San Diego Tattoo Convention this weekend. Come say hi!