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Getting tattooed by Victor Portugal Part-1

Getting Tattooed By Victor Portugal- Part 1
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 my experience getting tattooed at Dark Times at Kraków, Poland, by Victor Portugal.
I’ve always wanted to get my neck Tattooed for a long time, however it’s such a visible place, and such a commitment. I knew that once I got it done, I would have to succeed at art at any cost. So I thought I would wait for the right time, and make sure i would pick the right artist for the job.
I have now been tattooing for 13 years, so I thought I would present myself with a tattoo by an artist who I really admire. So I had in mind two tattoo artists who I love their work, who were Victor Portugal and Carlos Torres.
There are a lot of awesome black and grey artists around the world, and I really respect a lot of artists. However there are always some artists who catch your eyes more than others.
I love Carlos Torres work because of how an amazing artist he’s outside of tattooing. He does oil paintings in colour, his painting are amazing, but then he only tattoos in black and grey. I love his style, and when I look at his tattoos I can tell that’s him straight way, he puts his own stamp in every tattoo he does. So he was for sure one of my options. 
My other option was Victor Portugal. Victor Portugal is a tattoo artist from Uruguay, who currently works in Poland Kraków. 
I first saw Victor Portugal’s work in Barcelona tattoo convention 2011. It was a tattoo convention I was only visiting to watch, not work. That gave me the opportunity to see some awesome artists working, get to know them, and try to learn as much as I could. In that tattoo convention I saw Victor Portugal working for the first time.
As soon as I saw his work, I knew he wasn’t like everybody else. His work looked realistic to me, but not only realistic, he had another spin that only can be achieved if you draw outside of tattooing.
So I had to choose in between those two awesome artists, what a hard choice to make. If I could get those two guys to do a collaboration at the same time, that would be awesome. However Carlos Torres works from California, Victor Portugal from Poland. Only in a Tattoo Convention like London Tattoo Convention to get those 2 monsters crafting at the same time. I like dreaming sometimes.
So I had to be realistic, and I had to choose one. 
So I tried to contact Carlos Torres first, really really booked up, which I completely understand, as the guy is good. However he was booked up to a point where it seems nearly impossible to get an appointment with him. I tried to speak to his secretary, and she said, look it’s really hard. So as much as I respect his work, it seemed really difficult, plus he was in California, a lot more far away from Poland, where Victor Portugal works from.
So i started to try to get in touch with Victor.

To be continued on “Part 2”




Tattooing Richard and working on his half sleeve

Tattooing Richard, and starting a Fantasy half Sleeve on him.

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 The balance of stencils, free hand, and tattooing Richard and  his sleeve we are working on.

We have done Richard a half sleeve on his other arm, as soon as he came in to the studio, I knew everything was going to be ok, it was his first tattoo, however he seemed like a nice and easy going guy.

I was happy to do his first tattoo, which it was a family crest, the progress went really nice and smooth. We enjoyed our sessions listen to our favourite kind of music, and I was sure to make the progress easier for him, offering a bit of cinema services, we are both in to movies too, it really helps when you have the same interests as your clients, it makes the tattoo process so much more natural.

Soon after that, his first daughter was born, so we did a clock inside of his arm with the time his daughter was born.

After that I didn’t see him for a while. Then he came back to me with an  idea that I was really happy to do, which is my sort of style.

He asked for a Angel warrior holding a sword, trying to kill a Devil. And the devil is gonna have skulls around him. 

I’m a big fan of Fantasy art, and pieces like that is a great opportunity for me to translate to a tattoo, all the movies I watch, all fantasy painting I look at, and all video games I play.

Fantasy is an art style you can find in different art forms nowadays. The newest fantasy art firm I have been looking at, is the series on Netflix “Witcher” 

“Witcher” is a Netflix series based on a vide-game. I have never played the game, however after watching the series, I’m very interested in playing the game now.

Nowadays having technology on our side, Fantasy is a form of art seen in movies and games, as we have the technology to bring to life any fantasy stories I used to read as a teenager, in my opinion we are living the best times for fantasy art. 

PlayStation 5 and new Xbox coming out next year, I’m very exited about that too, as more fantasy games are going to get better, and I will be very exited about seeing them and playing it too. 

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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