QUEERatives | Dominic Savaglio

When one finds their tribe in life, it can be difficult to find a place within that community. This can be especially difficult for young people who are not only just entering the world, but are on the verge of self identity. For Dominic Savaglio, 24, they found a tribe within the queer community and their artistry was the key to contribute and solidify their placement.

Growing up, Savaglio listened to a lot of oldies music, which later translated into punk and psycobilly music throughout their time in high school. Through the small concert venues and backyard events of these genres, they saw that there was a queer subculture.

“A lot of the queer community kind of falls around those categories whether it comes from pop or punk or oldies it all picks apart from certain stuff,” Savaglio said.

When you enter Savaglio’s creative space, you step into the ballads of their brain.  You’re instantly transported to a punk venue at a gritty dive bar. The decor and their own art pieces are chilling yet welcoming. The details are like soothing whispers that transports viewers into an out of body orgasmic experience. There’s real stories within their pieces, their own stories. You see that in their environment, their work and them self.

Savaglio’s art consists of a lot of punk aspects that share a correlation with not only queerness, but aspects of horror.

“There is a lot of dark parts that I think come out of my art as well as within the queer community too, but there’s also a beauty with in it that I can find as well,” they said.

Their art continues to evolve as they are in the process of figuring out their style. Essentially, they see it as a part of their journey.

“Personally, it’s still a journey as I figure out what it is but there’s I guess certain things within my own pieces that I don’t even really notice but do have some aspects of queerness,” Savaglio said.

It’s the minimal details within their drawings that speak the loudest volumes of queerness. From sketching a non-gendered figure, to having more floral aspects within a piece, Savaglio’s drawings can be symbolic and open for interpretation. Inevitably, they want to create for themselves and the queer community. Because like their art, there’s continued growth in their identity.

“If there’s people I want it to identify with it or grow from it would be queer individuals, the gay community and the transgender community,” Savaglio said.

Regarding their gender identity, Savaglio does not conform nor adhere to the sanctioned and binaried gender norms of our heteronormative society. Instead, they identify as gender fluid/non-binary and their preferred pronouns are their, they and them.

Even though they identify a certain type of way, Savaglio feels that individuals don’t necessarily have to express or display themselves in that identity for others. They believe that you can identify in any type of way and you don’t necessarily have to outright express. “You just have to do it so you’re comfortable with yourself,” Savaglio said.

These ideas are what inspire the young artist to continue with their art. To further their career, they want to pursue tattooing. Through tattooing, they would display their art so people could see it physically on themselves. These tattoos would pose as a reminder of a narrative that’s familiar and powerful to their own.

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