I started tattooing in 2006. While shopping, I met a friend who told me that there was a tattoo shop that needed an apprentice. Since I was painting graffiti, I thought this might be a good opportunity, so I went in for an interview. At first, the owner didn’t like it very much because I had previously painted 3D letters in graffiti and now faces or other themes. After a few months of learning, he decided to keep me and make a good contract with me.
Of course, I remember. My family has always supported me. My older brother came to me to get him a tattoo. It was a tribal, which was supposed to be really easy, but… my god. To this day I still remember inking it 3 times harder than usual. I mean I stuck the needle extremely deep into his skin hahaha. He still remembers that pain.
It took me many years to find a style that would define me or be recognizable. I started out doing everything just like a commercial tattoo parlor. Then I chose a realistic style. mostly black and grey, but because of my graffiti roots I loved working with colors. So I started mixing black and grey with colors. After that, I decided to enjoy tattoos in full color until I moved to Zurich. There I found many artists, many influences and realized that I had to find my own style. so I started mixing realistic colors with abstract motifs. Perhaps the “Aquarelle” in my tattoos is easily recognizable, but now I am experimenting again with neo-traditional or drawing tattoos mixed with those sources I mostly use in my compositions. I think I need to evolve again… It’s been many years of doing the same thing, and I love to change and check out new styles.
I get my inspiration from art. I follow a lot of artists, not just tattoo artists, but all kinds of artists. I can find it in good graffiti, in a good book or movie… These days we are filled with images in our lives and that makes it easy to find inspiration.
There are hundreds of Tattoo Artists whom I admire. I can tell you Dimitry Samohin, Oash, Johnny Domus, Sandra Daukshta, Kostas Tzikalagias, Samuel Potúcek and many friends like Mhyrwan, Salvador Castañeda, Daniels Bauti, Franky Lozano, Koan.
Do you have any memorable tattoo story or a customer that has stuck with you through all the time you have been tattooing?
For me the best “Tattoo Day” until now was a special one… when my father died … all my family met in my studio and I got tattooed by him… one letter each… even my mother… It was a special way to dedicate my passion to him.
Is there any art form that fascinates you also except tattooing? Maybe do you have any other passion or something that you really enjoy doing?
Sure, when I’m not tattooing, I like to bake bread at home hahaha. I also fly a paramotor, love plants, being with family and friends, and painting graffiti. Although not as often these days. Not as often as I would like.
Of course, for me visiting tattoo conventions is essential. I try to frequent London (unfortunately not anymore), Paris, Barcelona, Brussels… If I had to recommend, I couldn’t, because they all have a lot of passionate people in the organization and are extremely respectable.
I have my whole back done by Kostas Tzikalagias, my whole left arm by Salvador Castañeda, my chest and neck by Victor Chill, many small tattoos by Danger, Louis Loureiro, Mhyrwan, Jack Gallowtree, Micky Benavides (his tattoo is not small), and I’m sure I have more that I can’t even remember right now hahaha! My last tattoo was with Master Johnny Domus. I have a wonderful Neotraditional Master Piece on my forearm and I want to continue that arm with other Neotraditional Artists that I follow so deeply. Maybe with Toni Donaire or any other. We’ll see.
My plans are to continue to enjoy tattooing. Of course, I don’t see my life any other way. It’s my passion, it’s my hobby and it’s my job. Maybe I would ask for more interesting projects to learn and grow.
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