You might recognize Billy DeCola from the TLC reality show, “NY Ink,”, he left the show after the second season to focus on what was truly important to him, his family. An accomplished tattoo artist that specializes in Traditional Japanese tattoos, Billy is also a dedicated father whom owns his own studio in Vancouver, BC. It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Billy DeCola.
1. Tell us about what you do, who you are, and how you balance your career with being a dad?
My name is Billy DeCola. I’m a tattooer born and raised in Florida, USA now living and working in Vancouver, Canada. Since I make my own schedule it allows me to spend a bunch of time with my kids. I’m even able to coach my daughter’s t-ball team and I also volunteer at the school teaching kids how to draw and paint. The art program got cut because of funding so rather than ask people for money, I’d rather donate some time. The kids get super excited because some of them saw me on the NY Ink show so they think I’m a superstar or something lol.
2. What does being a modern-day dad mean to you?
Being a modern day dad means understanding what’s going on in the world today and having an open mind … while still hanging on to the values that were passed down to me by my parents.
3.How did becoming a father change your life?
Becoming a father definitely settled me down a lot. I don’t party nearly as hard as I used to. But it also lit a fire under my ass and now I have a constant motivation to work hard and to do good.
4. Whats the greatest part about being a dad?
The greatest part about being a dad is the feeling of being a kid again. I love playing with dinosaurs and Legos and going on the monkey bars… and now that I have kids I can do it all again! I was getting a little old to go out to the playground by myself but now it’s all good again!
5. Can you share a funny story about being a father?
I’m drawing a blank here man. Everyday is funny in some way but nothing stands out at the moment.
6. What advice can you give any new father out there?
For all you soon to be and new fathers out there… the best advice I was given when I was about to be a father and was freaking out was this – “becoming a father is like getting into a fight. You’re never 100% ready for it but when it happens you just do what you gotta do.”
Man that’s the best way to put it. I never read any of those ‘becoming a daddy’ books or anything… but I think I’m doing alright. It’s all about loving that child with all your heart. Everything else will fall right into place.
Thanks so much man! Really appreciate you taking the time to talk with us!