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Diesel D'Souza (IG: Tig_Devil)

Welcome to this week's #weldershowcase - we had the opportunity to sit down with Diesel from @tig_devil and talk a little shop.
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Name: Diesel D'Souza

Business Name: Destructive Asylum 13 Fab

Location: Hamilton, ONT.

Specialties: Welder/Fabricator, Machinist & Mechanical
Tell us about yourself - what inspired you to get into your trade? And how long?
Hello all you rock stars. My name is Diesel. I'm from hamilton Ontario Canada. I have to say I got inspired by one of the best Tig artists, his name is Mattia Bross. I was late to the IG party & had started my account approximately 2.5 years ago & came across his work, This is when I started talking to him.  Before this poInt I had never Tig welded before, "Mattia told me to get a Tig welder & start practicing & in no time I would be as good as he was." So I invested in my 1st Tig welder & started my journey. It's been a super slow learning process because I only get to Tig weld approximately 4-6 hours on Saturdays. In my opinion I will never be as good as Mattia but I will never give up trying to get close to his level. May he R.I.Paradise 2020.  I am approaching 2 years in February doing Tig art. I am having a blast learning as I continue to better myself.
  What keeps you motivated throughout the day?
My motivation comes from trying to be creatively different from everyone else, & always trying to learn & be the best i can be.
What is your favorite shop tool and why?
The acetylene torch is one of my favorites because I like playing with fire. "LoL" Torch cutting is exciting. I wish i had a plasma cutter there's so much you can do with it.
  What's your favorite piece that you've worked on?
This question is very difficult to answer because each piece is unique & I take pride in my work.  If I had to choose I would have to go with DA BEARS tig art that I made for Brian @bluedemon
If you could have any job as it relates to question 1 what would it be and what would you do with that?
I could see myself as a full time Tig artist because I could showcase my creativity.
What BA product is your favorite and why?
I have not had the opportunity to use many BA products thus far. But I have used the BA jumbo zirconia flap discs.
What BA product surprised you in terms of quality - what about it set it apart from the competition?
The Zirconia flap discs that I have used are such a high quality product & beefy looking. They feel so much easier to polish / clean any surface without worrying about the center stud/ Fastener hitting the surface being polished or cleaned. The flap discs are approx .500"-.625" thick so you can actually use the full flap disc surface. Just a great product. I am excited to try more BA products.
What tips and tricks do you have for us that might be different or eye opening for others to try with BA product?
At the moment unfortunately I have no tips, but as I get to use more BA products I will definitely share in the near future.
If there was one person you could collaborate with - who would it be and why?
I would like to collaborate with @theeupcycler, because he is very creative & has amazing art.
Do you have any advice for the next generation that you wish you had when you first started?
Don't be afraid to try new things, & it's ok to fail but get back up & do it again. "Practice makes perfect."   I took a giant leap from being a sous chef to welding fabricating, I wish I had done this earlier in life. But I had insecurities of not doing well.
What are your future plans for your shop?
My plans are to 1 day have my home garage set up to do my Tig art. Currently my workplace has been very generous with letting me do what I enjoy doing.
Thanks for sitting with us and sharing your story with the community - is there anything you'd like to add?  
Thank you for the opportunity to feature me on the BA website & allowing me to share my story. I also want to thank @welding_okie & @dabndaddo for also taking time to help me with issues I have had in the past & making me a better artist today. I'll never forget my homies. Thank you!


A Note From Leo
Thanks for sharing your story with us, Diesel! I think it's pretty rad that Mattis Bros went out of his way to help ya out when you started. His death was a shock to us all and I was honored to be able to interview him right before his death. Cheers to the both of you!
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