Why do i draw?


Why do i draw?


I had the idea of writing this blog in order to explain why I do draw. One of my clients asked me the other day, why do you draw? So that made me think, and it inspired me to explain why.


First of all, I draw because I love it. A lot of tattooists say they don’t draw because they don’t have time. I completely understand as tattooing is really tiring, and sometimes there’s no energy left.


However I believe if you are really passionate about something, you will find time to it. If I don’t draw I feel empty inside, I feel purposeless. It’s like a drug for me, so I find time to draw.


Another reason why I draw, it’s to be able to express my ideas. My mind is always racing with ideas, so if I don’t put it down on paper I feel frustrated.


Another reason why I draw, is because I don’t want to be a copy and paste tattooist. What I mean by copy and paste, is getting an image from internet and place an the clients body. Sometimes tattoo artists are very good at copy and paste, and their tattoo looks good, however it will have no flow, and the tattooist will be limited by the reference, so it’s the reference that’s making most of the work, not the tattooist. I’ve got nothing against tattooists who copy and paste. If you enjoy it, do it. However If I did that, I would feel purposeless.


However when you draw, it’s possible to go further than the reference and think outside the box. Creating a different and original tattoo. Instead of being stuck inside the box with a reference, and be limited with copying and pasting.


I’m not saying this because I want to get more clients, I have enough clients, and I’m glad there are another tattoo artists out there to compliment what people want. Also, I can’t tattoo everybody and not everybody is gonna understand what I do. And I understand some people need copy and paste tattooists.


Resuming everything. How can someone be considered an “artist” if they don’t have a drawing or painting portfolio? Is copy and pasting art? I don’t believe it is. I believe if someone is passionate about art, they will find time to draw and paint,  regardless how busy their life style is.


A lot of people are copying and pasting nowadays, and they are considere tattoo “artists”? 


I understand in realism you have to make the tattoo from a realistic image. However artists like Nikko Hurtado, Carlos Torres and Victor Portugal, are doing realism and they still paint and draw, because they love art.


I don’t expect everyone to agree with me, but that’s the way I see tattooing.

Andy the man

Hello,

Thanks for reading our blog, it’s a good way to get to know what we have been up to behind the scenes, in our tattoo studio in Leeds City Centre.

In this blog, I would like to talk about Andy and his sleeve we are working on.

I have been tattooing Andy for over 5 years now. We have worked on a dragon on his chest, the dragon started on his chest, with the body flowing to the rib cage, and it was his first tattoo.

What a place for his first tattoo, however I recommend my clients to go for the place they wish to have the tattoo, instead of worrying about placement due to how much is going to hurt.

I always believe, how much is gonna hurt and how much is gonna cost, is something we can always get through it, as the end result is what matters most.

However, tattooing someone on the ribs is not an easy task, not only for the customer who have to sit still, but also to the tattoo artist who’s trying to do the best tattoo in a really awkward area.

So having Andy for the first time getting tattooed on the ribs, was a bit of a challenge, however I try to ease off the challenge, with explanation, and educating the client about the tattoo process. That’s why a consultation is very important in my opinion, to get the client aware of what’s going to happen, and the patience it’s involved.

After finishing Andy’s ribs, he took a year brake, which I completely understood, and he came back to me for a full sleeve. 

What a difference, the arm is a lot easier to tattoo than the ribs, so our session is less painful, and I’m getting to know him more now, as we can talk more through our sessions.

Tattooing Andy had been quiet a journey, not only artistic but personally. He gives me hope, with how there are still really nice people in the world, who mean well, and want to do good.

Thank you Andy, when your full sleeve tattoo is finished it will be hard not to tattoo and see you.

Thank you so much for choosing me to tattoo you.

Until next time.

A present to Christian


A present to Christian


Christian is a very dedicated customer, who travels all the way from Munich Germany, to see me. 


He’s an awesome guy, really easy going, chilled, so that makes me look forward to see him. We are both in to the same kind of music so that helps our session to flow well.


As he’s flying all the way from Munich, I thought why not present him with one of my drawings printed on a canvas. He was very surprised when I gave him the frame, he couldn’t believe it actually. Just his eyes when he saw the canvas, it made my day.


Sometimes presenting my clients with my art work, is just a very small gesture I can do for them, compared to all the support they have given me over the years. 


Sometimes we take for granted what people do to us. And when you are in business, our clients are responsible not only for our living, but for our careers too. As I would not have a career if it wasn’t for my customers.


My customers give me an opportunity everyday to better my art, and it’s really amazing when someone have faith in me and my art, to be decorated for the rest of their life.


Thank you Christian, what a good experience we are having

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The choices and focus in life

Our lives are filled with choices, temptations and desires.

Shall we live by letting it be? Or taking control of choices and desires?

It’s a common to find fulfilment from the outward, alcohol, people, entertainment, material possession, personal achievements and so on.

I’m always in between my externals and internal fulfilment, it’s a desire that we can all agree to exist.

Therefore in this journey of life, we experience external pleasures, more than our internal ones. And so on, it’s easy to fall in to the distractions and reactions the external world has to offer, specially nowadays with the era of internet.

As we are all passing by in this life, we are all living a temporary experience by all means. So shall we be reacting by all we have in front of us, or silent our minds and find inner piece.

Every time we walk in nature, we must develop our best thoughts, as if we are not in touch and in harmony with life, life won’t be in harmony with us. 

Our thoughts are part of nature, so why not let nature be part of our thoughts?

As nature is within us, when we are around it we feel grounded and inspired. Clear a mind around nature, and the right choices will come to us.

As life is about choices, you make a good choice you will have a good life, you make a bad choice, and you will have a bad life.

Shall nature be with us

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An artistic inspiration


Hello,


Thanks for reading our blog, it’s a good way to get to know what we have been up to behind the scenes, in our tattoo studio in Leeds City Centre.


Since I was a kid, I’ve always loved Mortal Kombat. The first Mortal Kombat game released in the early 90’s, it was more shocking than any game we have ever seen, back in a time where video games was still a new art form. 


I remember going to watch the first Mortal Kombat movie. It was around 1995 if I’m not wrong. It was for sure the first good video game movie ever. Nowadays it mite seem silly, however for 1995, that movie was out of this world. 


I will never forget first time I saw scorpion getting the snake out of his hand, to trow at Jonny Cage. All the kids in the cinema started screaming, including myself. There was nothing like that back then, it was mind blowing seeing special movies from the game translated in the movie.


Out of all fighting games I like, I believe Mortal Kombat is the title that survived the best of of all the fighting games. I believe the man who created MK only focus on MK. I think that’s why the game is so good. He focus all his energy on one title.


Playing Mortal Kombat, I’m not only having fun, however I’m having an artistic lesson. I love the art work in the game. Every time I play MK, I think, I want my work to look like that, the way the shadows falls, and the mood of the game is what I try to achieve in my work.


I’ve just bought MK11. I thought MK10 was really good. However I needed to see what they have done in the new game. One thing I love about games is that every time they make a new game, the artist must re-write, and re-create the whole game again.


That’s why Games are probably my favourite kind of art form. I also love movies and tattoos. However sometimes, I feel like in tattooing, duplicating images seems like the way to be successful in the industry. Where in the game world if you duplicate, you are most likely to be fired from the place you work. So I believe games and movies are more for real, as they are fed by original art all the time.


Thanks for reading our blog, until next time.








An awesome project

An awesome project

I have been tattooing James for a while now. What a pleasure working with him. Easy going is just one of many qualities he has.

Usually he comes in, gives me an idea of what he wants, and let’s me go for it. That’s the best way to get tattooed. If you trust and like what your tattooist does, give an idea of what you are thinking, and let they put their on twist to it.

When it’s too much your own idea, and the tattoo artist has no participation in the tattoo process, that sometimes doesn’t work. As tattoo artists, we have to translate an image as a tattoo version of the art work, considering longevity.

James has surprised me with an awesome idea. Which it was getting a tattoo of Batman and the 3 Jokers. He’s a big fan of The Joker, he loved every single one of the Batman’s movies with all jokers, so he thought why not to get a tattoo with all the jokers, and Batman in the background.

What an opportunity for me, I’m a big fan of Batman myself, I remember in the very first batman movie with Michael Keaton, I watched that movie 7 times in the cinema. I used to finish school and go to the cinema to watch it. 

Movies has always been an artistic lesson for me, since I was a child, I’ve always been fascinated with movies like Batman, Robocop, Masters of the Universe, Predator, and Terminator. Movies are an art form, and as an artist is more than fun to be able to enjoy a movie and learn about art at the same time as getting inspired.

I’m really looking forward to start on this tattoo. These kind of tattoos are really fun for me to work with, however it gives me an opportunity to be able to create a really nice tattoo for my portfolio. 

When I go to work to tattoo a piece I’m really happy to do, and the client is really nice to work with. It’s one of the best feelings I can have as an artist. When the client is nice, it helps the tattoo to come out even better. As working with a good frame of mind, helps with the tattoo outcome.

Thanks for reading our blog

Fantasy Realistic Sketch for my book and my health

Angel warrior Sketch

Hello,

Thanks for reading our blog, it’s a good way to get to know what we have been up to behind the scenes, in our tattoo studio in Leeds City Centre.

My book is coming along, to find the balance in my life, between doing  my art and looking after, myself physically and mentally, is something I’m always faced with. 

In the end of the day, I do not wish to be a successful tattoo artist without my health. Health comes first. What’s the point being the best tattoo artist if you have no health, as if you don’t have health you don’t have life.

If I could be healthy just painting and drawing, I would love to just paint, draw and tattoo, however I can’t do that. If I don’t look after my body, I won’t have my body to tattoo, paint and draw. 

So I need to have a self respect for myself,  look after my health, and everything else will be ok.

I read the letter that Steve Jobs wrote before he passed away. And it made me realise how important health was. There he was, a man who had an outstanding career, who became billionaire, just wishing he had his health.

So I prefer to finish my book with my health, than without it. My book could take a few more years, and I would still have myself to enjoy my book, rather than finishing my book a lot earlier, and not having myself to enjoy what I’ve done.

This Sketch I’ve done, is a Angel Warrior sitting on a dragon. I’m transferring this sketch to my computer and doing a digital painting with it. It will be part of my book too. 

I’m hoping to get my book finished without driving myself too crazy, and hopefully be able to travel, to show the tattoo world, a new idea from my book.

Thanks for reading 

Andy Ruiz digital portrait

Andy Ruiz

Hello everyone, thanks for reading our blog.

In this blog I would like to talk about what I’ve been up to artistically.

I love digital art, it’s very practical and it saves me a lot of time.

I have been watching a lot of boxing lately, and I’m exited about the heavy weight division at the moment.

One of my latest favourite fights, was Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz.

Anthony Joshua, is a very well stabilised British boxer. Very well built body wise, he had a record of no loos, and everyone thought he was gonna get through Andy Ruiz in a very easy win.

Comparing both boxers, body wise, Joshua looked a lot fitter and a lot more prepare than Andy Ruiz. Andy Ruiz looked like he wasn’t prepared physically for this fight.

So long story short, a lot of people under estimated Andy Ruiz, including Anthony Joshua. No one thought Andy Ruiz would be able to go past Joshua, due to his physique.

Andy Ruiz surprised everyone, knocking Anthony Joshua 3 times on the floor. What an amazing fight. No one thought a Chubby Mexican guy would pull out, one of the biggest upset in history of boxing.

With this story I have learned anything is possible. Andy Ruiz believed in himself and pulled it out. When everyone was against him and doubting what he could do. He only had his beliefs and his ability, and he managed to prove everybody wrong.

I can’t wait for the re-match, I think both fighters are more than capable to win,

It could go either way, and I will be definitely watching this re-match.

Andy Ruiz was the first Mexican heavy weight champion of the world, so congratulations to him. Believing in yourself, dream big, anything is possible.

Thank you for reading

Geisha with Dragon, Sketch of the day, by Louis Santos

Japanese Sketch of the day 

I love sketching, it’s the beginning and foundation of an idea, which it could turn in to many things.

When I sketch I try not too worry too much in the beginning, as ideas is far more important than proportions in the beginning.

It’s good to loose my mind and have fun, so ideas start to pop and naturally appear on paper.

As an artist, everyday I wake up and be grateful for still being here, I see it as an opportunity to express myself personally and artistically. 

As human beings we are very expressive, and the ones who don’t manage to express themselves personally, vocally, artistically or however you choose to express yourself. Will lack on personal fulfilment.

This Sketch will be part of my book coming out hopefully. I’m doing all my drawings for my book on A3. This sketch is A4, so I’m not sure how it will fit yet. However, as soon as I’m expressing myself, I believe that’s the most important thing.

Thanks for reading

Wiz Khalifa digital art work in progress by Louis Santos


Digital Portrait of Wiz Khalifa 


Hello everyone, thanks for reading our blog. It’s a good way to get to know what’s been going on behind the scenes at our studio in Leeds City Centre.


As I love my art, 2 styles that always comes to my mind when I consider drawing or painting is fantasy and realism. So portrait is one of my favourite styles of realism to tattoo and draw.


We play a lot of hip-hop in the studio, is a kind of music kind of chilled to work to.


Actually Joe got my in to hip-hop. I was more of a rocker before getting in to hip-hop.


So listening to a lot of hip-hop since working with Joe. I have got to like artists like 2pac, Snoop Dogg, People under the stairs and Wizz Khalifa.


So that’s where it comes the idea for this portrait. Digital painting is the best way I like to approach, to painting or drawing a portrait. It’s very practical, with no drying time.


Tattooing or drawing a portrait, is really fun for me. Sometimes the choice is mine to draw or paint a portrait I feel like I want to paint. Or to try to translate on my clients skin who needs a tattoo portrait of an important person in their life.


Thanks for reading 


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L. Santos