Life is one long decay, no? There's a lot of beauty in it. Like the patina in an old city.
I think when tattoos are new and colorful, they look bad. But they look better the older and more bleached out they become.
Take a relief. You draw it, you carve it out. Later you build it up from a flat surface. There is no other way to do a sculpture - you either add or you subtract.
I love seeing tattoos on 60-year-olds who have had them for 40 years.
Many artists who don't go off to art school come to New York. It's about what you learn when you're here.