About License to Ink
Welcome to License to Ink, created by me, Dharm Khalsa. That’s pronounced “Duddum” like the Pink Panther theme song (“du dum, du dum, du dum…”). I’m all about creativity and positivity, and I share that with the world through my work as a illustration artist, comic book creator, tattoo artist, and DJ. Every day I try to push myself to become a better artist and human.
My Story (ongoing)
As far as back as I can remember I have always been drawn to the creative. I had an unconventional upbringing as an American Sikh. My parents raised me and my older sister with love and a deep sense of community.
Growing up in the mid-’80s and ‘90s, I surrounded myself with comics, graffiti, anime, DJ music culture, Sci-Fi, and fantasy. I never for one second thought I would be anything else but an artist which my parents always encouraged.
My formative teen and young adult years were spent in Boulder Colorado playing in the mountains and DJing at Raves and clubs around the Front Range. In 2001 I graduated from Vo-Tech High School with a Multimedia state qualified certificate, this led to my enrollment in Front Range Community College, where I graduated with a Associates of Science (emphasis in Web Design). Following this graduation I moved to Oakland California to put my degree to work. After a web job and a few years freelancing my career path had gotten away from me and before I knew it I was a UX /UI designer. Somehow I was doing something extremely un-artistic and was feeling like a cubical rat. “A well paid rat, but a rat nonetheless”. Change was inevitable, however I never would’ve guessed in what form that change would come. In 2011 I was diagnosed with Leukemia. Within two weeks I was back in Boulder living with my mom. I spent the next 3 years fighting for my life. Throughout this time I decided that life is too short not to live my dream. I have had some big wins over the years, also plenty of disappointments. My life has defiantly taught me that dreams are worth fighting for.