I have been tattooing for 19 years now. I started thanks to my beloved mother who is also a tattoo artist and I got into this wonderful world organically. You see, my mom being a good mother didn’t want me to be an artist, she wanted me to learn and try to do what is considered “normal”. Sometimes I think she was doing reverse psychology on me because I couldn’t help it, I was already an artist before I became a tattoo artist, so it was inevitable. I’ve had the privilege of watching tattoos work up close from a young age, and I can say that it’s been great to see the evolution of tattoos from when my mom started in the ‘90s until now. My younger brother also enjoyed that time when he was a little older. They both tattoo in Toronto, Canada.
The first tattoo I ever got was on myself. I was 15 and my mom wasn’t home, so I had a chance to explore her material and apply all the stuff ive been looking at all these years. I have to say it wasn’t much fun as far as the pain part, but as far as the transgression part, I really enjoyed myself. I used to love spice girls, specifically ginger spicy, so why not try tattooing that on my leg as a pinup kinda thing. I have to admit, it’s a terrible tattoo, but it will always be with me, reminding me of my beginnings.
Three years ago I chose the Neo-Traditional or Art Nouveau style. I have always followed the artists who created in this style and found the history of holes and the Art Nouveau period very interesting. It is a style that came naturally to me because I have always drawn with a lot of movement, and the motifs are quite similar to what I have drawn.
Most of my inspiration comes from nature, shapes, forms, different lights. I am interested in the human figure and architecture, so I try to combine these elements. My references come from books, trips, photos of specific architectural structures, or elements of nature. But I can also say that I am in love with the work of many painters from the 1930s, tattooists I have followed for years, graphic designers, etc.
I think we all inspire ourselves by observing what surrounds us. I’m very into some of these guys’ work. Daniel Sbalti, Leah, Ecker, Lord Lips, Robin Kemper, Andresink, Aimee Cornwall, Hannah Flowers, Valellovet, and many more.
Do you have any memorable tattoo story or a customer that has stuck with you through all the time you have been tattooing?
This is a very tricky question for me, I always get asked about some random stories, but I never know which one would be the best. So I’ll go with the one that I think is pretty cool. So I told you guys the first tattoo I got was a spice girl tattooed on my leg, and it was actually the day my mom went on a trip for three months and she strictly forbade me to touch her materials, which of course I did when she left the house. So I tattooed myself and my brother who wanted marijuana leaves on his chest, and I tried to do it, it didn’t work out very well, then we covered it with eight flaming billiard balls, with those 80’s flames, super bad tattoo, what should have been round was actually hexagonal, so you can imagine the trouble I had. When my mom came back, I was terribly ashamed of my stupidity, but also a little proud of myself. Anyway, I got grounded for a year, and I worked at her studio preparing everything, soldering needles without pay. My mom made a very nice angel with armor on my brother’s chest to cover up the silly figure eight I was trying to make. The great thing about it all is that I actually learned a lot that year and felt pretty confident after all the hard work. So in the end, even if I messed up, it worked out, thanks to my dear mom.
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?
I love anything that is related to expression, it can be painting, acting, dancing, singing, writing, reading, exercising, etc. I think all of these things help me find myself and clear my head. All of these things are part of my creative process and I feel like I need to work on each of them, but I also know that it is a way for me to think more clearly when I need to work on my tattoo designs. Things like painting for example is a great tool to better understand what I am doing when I need to tattoo, it helps me with color patterns and framing my drawings on my skin.
I’ve had the opportunity to be at several European tattoo conventions over the years and I have to say that I really enjoyed them, not only because you were there and exposed to all these great artists, but also because I met a lot of amazing people along the way and some of them are still my friends to this day. Also being able to travel and do what you love is a great thing. It’s been a while since I’ve been to a tattoo convention, hopefully, things will get back to “normal” at some point, but one amazing tattoo convention I’ve been to is the Barcelona Tattoo Convention, I’ve met some great artists, made a lot of contacts, and some clients, what more could you want?
Many of my friends and family have tattooed me, so I’m actually a map of my growth and the people that surrounded me at different times in my life, thankfully they are all still a part of my life and I’m grateful for those moments and those amazing tattoos that I get to wear throughout my life. Here are some of my favorite people and artists that I wear on my skin: my mom, Lia tattoo, my brother, tattoo_Tal, Daniel Sbalti, Felipe Andrade tattoo, Caroli Dili, and many more. I plan to get some more ink from my workmate Daniel Sbauti, and also something from Leah ht2. I’m looking forward to it.
For me, this is one of the greatest things about being a tattoo artist because it gives you skills that greatly expand your abilities as an artist. By this time I hope to be working on bigger projects, like bodies, where I could make my compositions more complex. I would definitely exhibit in some cool galleries or have my own. As for my dream, if I could make more music, I would love that. I hope to travel a lot more than I have so far and be known all over the world.
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