DID YOU INITIALLY HAVE THIS VISION OF A TATTOO-ART? OR MAYBE YOU STARTED FROM THE DIFFERENT POV?
I started with the motives that were popular, and which I could somehow sell for the lowest price. I took almost any project, because I needed clients and practice. I made peonies with mandalas, colored tattoos, graphics. Then I combined black and red lines detailings, which also a classic case among rookie masters, as it seems to me. As a result, I began to sharpen my technique — I learned the perfect needle trajectory, skin structure and paint properties. The thinner the needle, the more difficult it is to achieve fine, well-healed contours. That’s how I came to my favorite needle type — 3RL. All these things are forerunners of my very own style – the filigree, graceful projects filled with signs and symbols. This is a reflection of myself.
DO YOU HAVE TATTOOS?
Yes, I actually have some. My first tattoo was a classic peonies in graphics on the insteps. I always liked this body part, but I didn’t know which exact design should I have. “Pretty common – but still classy”, I thought. That’s how I got this one 🙂 After that I made a rather large ornament on my arm with small crosses. Then I got a few very small tattoos and the logo of my favorite band “Crystal Castles”. The last two were a some kind of abstraction and a cross on my hand, which is very significant for me, as a symbol of my inner changes. I have about 9 tattoos in total.
HAVE YOU BEEN TRAINED BY ANY OTHER MASTERS?
Initially, I completed a beginner tattoo courses, but this is all nonsense, of course. I also took a small intensive course (techniques basis, creating sketches) by one of my favorite tattoo artists. At the moment I take an Instagram management courses. I’m actually a content maker at heart. I like to generate ideas, but I don’t really like to put them into practice manually 🙂
DOES THE RUSSIAN SCHOOL OF TATTOO HAVE IT’S PLACE AT THE WORLD LEVEL?
Yes, for sure. We have a large stratum of really talented artists. They’re not inferior to our Western colleagues at all. At some points, Eastern European artists are even more adaptive, for example, in managing social networks and the ways how they work with the audience and involve it. I think, we reached the high level. The basis is the non-stop education process: instagram, sales, psychology etc. And also the variety of styles! It never ceases to impress me.
USUALLY, YOU MAKE MINIATURE PROJECTS. COULD THE CLIENT REQUEST A LARGER ONE?
I don’t take sleeves and full back projects, so-called shirts. I’m not interested in that types nowadays. To be honest, I just don’t have enough patience for big projects. I am an active person and it is hard for me to concentrate on one thing for so long. At the moment, I’m comfortable with 4-5hrs sessions as a maximum and I work pretty quickly. Sometimes there are projects that last longer, but it’s harder task for me and for the client. I have plans to do more complex and detailed projects, but not larger ones.
WHICH ARTIST’S TECHNIQUE IS IDEAL FOR YOU?
@oozy_tattoo is an artist who works in many styles and techniques, and does it flawlessly, with taste. Each of his projects is a delight for me. He also shoots a lot of videos of the process, that quite exciting.
COULD YOU GIVE ANY ADVICE TO BEGINNERS?
It might sound pretty obvious, but you have to draw a lot. It’s a little hard for me to say, because I wasn’t a completely novice to the movement, cause I have a good profiled education as a graphic designer. I already knew how to draw, take pictures etc. So, I just had to learn how to interpret my skills in a new sphere. The second advice is — that you have to know human body. After all, tattoos on skins are not same as arts on canvas. Especially, if we are talking about artists who works with ornaments. It’s a common case when the good project could be spoiled by choosing the wrong location for it.