Natasha ANIMAL


How long have you been tattooing and how did you start your tattooing journey?


I decided to try tattooing after I got my first tattoo. It was in 2014 that I first put my hands on a tattoo machine. But at that time I was studying and working by my profession. I didn’t have time to tattoo, but I loved the process and I decided to definitely continue working on it. I did some tattooing when I had time. Obviously, with breaks that long between tattoos it was impossible to develop my skills.  And so, in 2016, as soon as I graduated, I started giving all of my time to tattoos.



Do you remember what was the first tattoo you did? If so, tell us what it was and for who.


I decided to start with a difficult project, covering a whole forearm in the style of neo-traditional. It was a bird with extra details. I quickly found my first ”guinea pig”. As soon as I posted about tattooing for free, I got a lot of messages from volunteers. I got very lucky with my first client. He’d already had a few tattoos, and he supported me as he knew that it was my first work. He trusted me because he liked my paintings.



Please, tell us about your current tattoo style and how it has changed over the years.


With every work I learn something new, go through my mistakes. As time went by, I started to move away from classical realism, by implementing into my pieces some dynamic elements that would highlight anatomical features of a client. So that the painting would perfectly fit the spot it’s being tattooed onto. Also, I try to not overcrowd my pieces with too much elements, so that the picture would look good from afar and to freshen up a composition.



Does anyone or anything inspire you?


I’m mostly inspired by music, music videos, different characters, paintings and their emotions. When I get emotionally attached to something, be it something melancholic or happy. Of course I’m also very much inspired by tattoo artists. Especially when they do other things besides tattoo.



Are there any tattoo artists who are extremely admirable to you? If so who?


I follow many artists, the list is honestly enormous. I could try listing them all, but here are some of them: Ad Pancho, Lukas Smuky, Giovanni GTA, Jay Freestyle, Walter Montero, Damien Gorsky, Oash tattoo, Sandra Daukshta, Jamie Ris, Rich Harris, Sam Barber, 12.Bbk, Igor Klimin, Levgen Knysh, Igor Mitrengo, Maksim Yalovik, Alex Sorsa…



Do you have any memorable tattoo story or a customer that has stuck with you through all the time you have been tattooing?


Probably my husband. I ink him on an almost daily basis. Hopefully, when we’re done with his leg we get a chance to show it at a convention.  It’s also very useful, as I get to see how my works, made at different stages of my development, change with time.



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 painting with oil. It’s a fascinating process. It trains your artistry and also makes you think more while painting. It doesn’t restrict you timewise while giving you lots of opportunities for implementing your artistic ideas.



Do you like visiting or exhibiting at tattoo conventions? Would you recommend any of them?


Yes. I love conventions, it’s very interesting. For me it’s extreme in a way. It excites me and adds some competition. It’s a great chance for me to showcase my abilities, while getting an opportunity to meet in person some of those who you follow online. You meet new people, get new skills, it helps you evolve and inspires you. I miss convention and all of that creative atmosphere. I haven’t been to many of them though.  Mostly the ones in Moscow. I firts started visiting conventions in Europe in 2019. I got a chance to visit International Tattoo Expo Roma, Montreux Tattoo Convention and Milano Tattoo Convention. I really loved it there.



Any artist you planning to get tattooed by? Who has tattooed you already?


At the moment I’m removing one of my tattoos and not panning to get one. In 2019 I got a sleeve done by Sandra Daukshta, it’s amazing! I still enjoy seeing it every day. I never once regretted choosing here, I trust her vision and her taste of style. It’s a wonderful piece of art that I’m wearing with pride.



What are your plans and dreams? If you think about yourself in 10 years, what do you see?


I live for today. And do everything in my power to make myself feel comfortable, so I can evolve. Obviously, I do have plans and dreams, I set targets and make plans to reach them. From what I can say now, my dream is to travel more. Switch up my surroundings. This dream seems very out of reach right now, but I guess that’s what makes it so desirable.



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