He says that surrealism is his only religion, and his devotion is evident. Creating works that hum on the abysmal vibrations of doom, Jondix's art fuses the terrifying world of artists like H.R. Giger with the enlightenment of Hinduism, Buddhism, and strands of Shamanic sensibilities. Forging pieces that stare directly into the face of death and into the souls of anyone brave enough to dive deep, Jondix has amassed a following that delights in the strange and dark.
Why were you drawn to the art form of tattooing? Were there any other careers that you had in mind, or was art always the connective thread within your life?
Often I feel like your artwork is like the film The Holy Mountain meets HR Giger infused with Shamanic and Hindu concepts. It speaks of enlightened darkness. What artists, books, films, musicians, etc inspire your work? Who are you heroes or mentors?
Your tattoos have a lot of esoteric symbolism within them. Hinduism, sigils, and the like, make appearances often. Because your artwork contains such deeply personal shamanic, religious, and philosophical concepts, how do you research these? What is your personal philosophy, and how does this translate through your art or life?
You seem to be in touch with the more authentic, primitivist way of living which is inspiring. What advice do you have for those looking to explore this path?
In other interviews you’ve opened up about your perspectives on reality, which deeply resonate with me. Do you find that tattooing is our way of controlling a reality, a body, we’re born into? Can you expound more on what “reality” means to you?
In the past you’ve spoken a lot about music and its importance in expressing certain aspects of life. Like Electric Wizard, Asunder, or Graves at Sea, your music is dark, stoner drone that really resounds with depth. Are you still playing in bands? Why is this an integral part of your life? What does music do that tattooing cannot?
Why do you think people are attracted to esoterica, taboo, and dark art? Why do you think tattoos are so powerful?
What do you hope the future holds for you? Are there any collabs, conventions, or projects you’re looking forward to in particular?