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Art for the masses, hold the needle

Posted: May 23, 2014 - 7:00am
David Glueck's painting is the main focus for Riverfest 2014.
David Glueck's painting is the main focus for Riverfest 2014.

An artist knows when the work is complete. To some, the paint dries and it’s time to take to market, for others, like Devin Glueck, art is never complete because it is a representation of the soul.

Devin Glueck, owner and artists at the Rusty Needle tattoo shop at 710 Harkrider began his artistic journey at the University of Central Arkansas obtaining a BFA in studio art with an emphasis on painting. From the university, he transitioned his training into teaching High School art in Cotter.

“While I was teaching, my wife and I had our first child who, after spending two months at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, passed away,” said Glueck.

His pain for the loss inspired him to receive his first tattoo, a symbol of remembrance. Elegantly placed on his left forearm are two infant-sized footprints in black ink.

“I got my first tattoo of my daughter’s footprints on my forearm and met the tattoo artist who would be my mentor to the tattoo world,” Glueck said, “The artist and I got along well, I showed him my portfolio and he offered me an apprenticeship.”

Glueck’s first step into the art world was like an infants’ first breath into the world.

“The last thing I could do for my daughter was to have her footprints placed on my skin so that she would always be with me,” said Glueck, “It is because of her that my life changed and became a new path.”

Glueck explained that tattooing is “a living, breathing, moving art form. It is always challenging, and takes one hundred percent commitment. One of the greatest things about tattooing is that you get to take part in special moments in the lives of others. Tattooing has opened my eyes to a whole new art world that I didn’t know existed,” said Glueck.

As a prominent artist in the Conway community, long time friend and professional connection to Glueck, Krista Kirksey, contacted him with a rare offer, to be the 2014 Riverfest poster designer.

“I was honored to both help a friend and to be considered as the Riverfest artist,” said Glueck, “I chose to use oil paints to create the image for the Riverfest poster. The imagery and design used was to symbolize and celebrate both Riverfest and the state of Arkansas.”

Glueck described the poster as containing a mockingbird, diamonds, apple blossoms, and distant river.

“The best things about being chosen as the Riverfest artist is that I get to help a friend out and create an image that represents Arkansas, and a celebration of Arkansas,” said Glueck.

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