All posts by Louis Santos

Walking with Nature by Louis


As an artist being around nature is a must, it refreshes and clears your mind, nature is the foundation of life, so the more in touch we are with it the more alive we feel.

I used to want to live in town to be closer to work, to be able to focus on my work more. However living in Leeds city centre, my mind wasn’t at its best, considering noise, pollution and lack of nature. When I tried to relax, I wasn’t really feeling it, it was almost like I wasn’t grounded enough.

Now moving to a new area, far away from the city centre, I feel like I’m in a different world. Waking up and hearing the birds singing, breathing fresh air, I feel like a different person. My mind is in a better frame and I feel like I’m more creative.

I’m getting settled at my new place, however i feel like, I can’t wait to get back to my work, draw, study and paint. I feel like this time I’m more motivated, more relaxed, and now I can feel I’m gonna get stuff done. As I’m not in the city centre, I do not have the distraction I used to have, with friends inviting me to go go out, even knowing I declined a few of these invitations, to focus on my art, not in a bad way, as I do love them.

I understand life is about balance, however as a 35 year old man, I’m done with partying and getting drunk, this is not at my list of satisfying things to do anymore, I want to live art, and that’s what satisfies my soul. In the end of the day, if we don’t express ourselves, what’s the point of living? And as time is limited, we have to embrace every moment we have to express and create our world. I believe the more we express ourselves, the more alive we will feel. So that’s the direction I’m gonna take, even a bit further now, as I’m in a different place in my life.

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L. Santos

A Classic Customer


In this blog we would like to dedicate to our classic customer Rafa, from Spain. He’s been living in the U.K for the past year.

Rafa is a client like no other. He’s getting tattooed by Joe. He is still learning English, and everything he wants to say, it has to be translated by me “Louis” to Joe.

First time Rafa came to the studio to get tattooed, it was his first tattoo, so he really didn’t know what to expect. However we noticed he wasn’t coping with the tattoo very well, he was struggling to sit for his session, and really pulling funny faces like he couldn’t cope with what was going on.

We understand getting tattooed is not easy, and it can get very irritated after a while. However while Joe was tattooing Rafa on his first session, it seemed like Rafa was in agony, then I nicely asked Joe to take it easy on him, Joe answered quiet lost saying… I’m hardly touching him.

I thought, what could it be? If Joe is hardly touching him, why is he struggling so much?

We only found out after, one of Rafas best friend “which in my opinion is not really a friend” had recommended Rafa, that in order to have a good tattoo session, he should not go to sleep the night before his tattoo session. Stay up all night, and drink as much alcohol as he could, it would be the best thing to do before getting tattooed.

Believe it or not, as it was Rafas first tattoo, he literally believed what his friend told him, and had a night out the night before his first session. He didn’t have any sleep and stayed out drinking all night. No wonder why he couldn’t cope with his tattoo session.

A good sleep is essential before your tattoo session, so drinking alcohol and not sleeping well only makes your body more sensitive the following day.

We thought it would be a funny story to share with you guys. Rafa is a really funny customer, we always having a laugh when he comes in. It’s funny seeing Rafa and Joe trying to communicate, in Spanglish.

In the end we are all happy and Rafa is happy with his tattoos, but for sure we recommended for him not to have a drink of alcohol and have a good sleep before his sessions. Now me and Joe are tattooing Rafa, I’m doing his lower back and Joe is doing his arm.

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The Power of Sacrifice


The power of sacrifice

In order to achieve what you want, sacrifice is crucial in the process. But how far can we go with this? How brave are you to sacrifice something in order to have something else? That’s a question that makes me think a lot. Would you feel completely satisfied when you finally got what you wanted? Or would you lack and feel unfulfilled in other areas?

I believe in order to achieve something massively, you have to sacrifice something for it. However, I mean it in a big scale. Let’s say for instance, if you want to be world class at what you do. To be world class at what you do, it’s not easy at all, as you have competitions all around the world, and to overpass all these other competitions, you must do what they are not doing, like working or studying, while they are enjoying the sun shine.

Albert Einstein sacrificed his kids for science. I wouldn’t recommend anybody to sacrifice their kids for what they do. However that’s why I believe it’s not gonna be another scientist like him, as we know, not everyone has the courage to sacrifice their kids for what they do. I think that’s why he took it to the next level, because he had the time and dedication to do it.

Michael Jackson, sacrificed his childhood for music. 

Thanos sacrificed his daughter for what he wanted, I would recommend you to watch “Avengers infinity wars” That’s what inspired me to make this blog. Thanos is a fierce villain, who has the desire to collect these stones, in order to conquer power and powerful energy. However in one of the scenes, he sacrificed his daughter for one of the stones, and that really made me think how far some people can go in order to get what they want.

How far would you sacrifice? It depends how bad you want it! 

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We believe in Hustle Butter


Hello everyone,

Thanks for checking our blog, in this blog we would like to talk about Hustle Butter Tattoo after care.

If your tattooist still recommends you to use that nappy rash cream, that’s well behind what’s on the market nowadays. Nappy rash cream is not made for tattooing. Hustle Butter is. Hustle Butter is an amazing tattoo cream, very natural, and your tattoos will heal better with it. First time I saw my black and grey healed with the hustle, it healed darker, so it actually keeps the ink in more, unlike the nappy rash cream, that draws the ink out because they are not made for healing the tattoo. We recommend Hustle Butter at Familia Tattoo Leeds.

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My new inkjecta by Louis


Inkjecta is in my opinion the best tattoo machine in the market. I say this because I have never had a tattoo machine that I could do lining, shading and colour at the same time. I have always worked with coils and rotaries. Coils definitely needs a machine for each purpose, In the other hand, rotaries are good for certain things but not for everything.

With the inkjecta Nani, I can do anything I want while I’m working. It’s extremely easy to manoeuvre your hands while working, the machine is very light. Great for lining, shading and colour.

The only downside to it, if I’m honest, is if you drop the machine. They don’t run as great as. However if you message the inkjecta team, they get back to you straight away, which is great. And I understand if I drop the machine, it won’t work as good, so that’s understandable.

Overall, thanks Inkjecta for doing such a great machine. I think you guys have achieved greatness, and I can’t wait what they come up with next, I’m sure I will buy the next machine they invent, out of curiosity, as I love the inkjecta “nani” so much, I wonder if they make a tattoo machine even better than the “Nani”

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Indian oil painting work in progress


As I have been studying oil painting online, I have been learning new techniques and trying to apply them my own way. Oil painting is my favourite medium so I’m trying to stick to it as much as I can.

In this painting I’m trying to do an Indian, however with a little magic, with lightning  make up, and lighting eyes. I mite change the eyes a bit as I feel like it looks a bit evil.

I don’t want the painting to look evil, so I’m gonna change the eyes and place human eyes instead.

When I study oil painting I feel like I enjoy it more. Studying art is important, as there’s nothing worse than not knowing what you are doing. So I would definitely advise any artists to study what they are doing before going ahead, very important.

L. Santos

Cover- up Red Roses by Louis


A red rose is an unmistakable expression of love. Red roses convey deep emotions – be it love, longing or desire. Red Roses can also be used to convey respect, admiration or devotion. A deep red rose can be used to convey heartfelt regret and sorrow.

Paul Weller Portrait work in progress


I feel very grateful to do a colour portrait, I love doing colour portraits, so I was very happy to get requested to do a portrait of Paul Weller.

Our first step was to find a good picture, my client at first wanted a picture of Paul Weller playing the guitar. The picture was great, however I tried to explain that the more body we used, the less feeling on the face we would get.

So he was great, and agreed with me. Witch I felt very lucky, as sometimes customers choose not to listen to us, witch can get in the way of how good the tattoo will become.

We are currently on our second session, I’m loving it, the picture we choose have a lot of texture and detail on the face, when he agreed with the picture, I was so happy to go ahead.

Sometimes i feel like I have the best job ever, I get to do what I love, and get to meet great people who teach and inspire me.

I’m very exited about doing this colour portrait, and hopefully I will get requested to do more of them.

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Louis Santos

Colour Phoenix Full Back with Martin


We have finished Martins full sleeve, we had such a great experience. Martin is very easy going and chilled, we share the same interests, both music and sports, so it is really easy to talk to him.

As soon as we finished his sleeve, I was very happy when he requested a full back tattoo. He asked me to tattoo on one side of his back a Phoenix, and on the other side we are planning a dragon trying to attack the Phoenix.

I love working on full back tattoos, it’s the largest canvas on the human body, and it’s a great opportunity to express myself as an artist and tell a story, instead of just doing a tattoo.

I like the fact that we doing a scene in between a Phoenix and a dragon, as I will be able to apply a lot of drama, and movements in the piece, as that’s what I try to achieve when I approach a tattoo, specialy making the most of all that space we have to play arround with a full back tattoo.

I treat every tattoo I do, like it’s my last opportunity to be tattooing that subject, so if I treat like this is my last full back tattoo, with a dragon fighting a Phoenix, which it could be, i will do everything I can to make the most of it, and do the best I can.

Thank you Martin, I look forward to our sessions, and thanks for being such a great customer.

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Good Vibes at Familia Tattoo


We spend a lot of time in the studio, so we try our best to make sure we can concentrate well, and feel as relaxed as possible, to deliver the best work as possible. So why not try one of these lamps for good vibrations.

These lamps have a salt, that is really good for getting rid of electric waves in the air, which is caused by Televisions and any electric devices. It’s believed to clear the air, and set you up with a new better vibration, so the vibes are clearer and more inspiring.

Either you believe that or not, even if it’s not true, the positive thought we gonna have of the possibility that this lamp is gonna clear the air and make us feel better, is a positive way of thinking, and it makes it worth while.

We are always trying to make the studio better, to enjoy being there, I don’t think we ever gonna be totally satisfied, and I feel like it’s always good to change the studio around and keep fresh. To always come up with new ideas and keep moving forward.

We hope you feel good at Familia Tattoo.

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