INTERVIEW WITH Ed Perdomo | cartoon style | tattoo design 09/05/2013


Q: How long have you been tattooing? What made you to become a tattoo artist?
A: I started doing tattoos somewhere around 1994, but I didn't really know what and why I was doing it, it seems fun at the time, in those days there were no studios in the city I come from, the only way to get a tattoo was doing it by yourself, so I made myself a machine from a toy's little motor and a mechanical pencil, I used that for many years, I used to see tattoo machines in magazines pictures and think that the coils were ink containers.

I was tattooing already for few years and I set my mind to became an artist because I realized that what I was doing really sucked, so if I wanted to became better I needed to learn how to draw, I've never drew as a kid, I don't have artistic education or talent, the only way was to learn from books and working hard, it's been a long process and I hope some day I'll became better

Q: Your tattoo style is very unique. Do you have any influences?
A: Cartoon movies are a big part of my life I'm also into character design, behind the movies, especially Hayao Miyazaki, also some Chinese traditional art, a mix of that would be pretty much to describe what I do.

Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I call what I do cartoon and I do express myself through others people's ideas, doing the tattoo could help you express yourself but the client is also expressing himself, having the tattoos.

Q: Illustrative designs are very eye-catching in your portfolio. Colorful bright designs, fantasy mix with some realistic note in almost every tattoo. Tell me about the making process. Do you use a sketchbook?
A: Thank you, it isn't that much. I do some sketches on paper and then I improvise the background with some colors while I tattoo.

Q: Your tattoos are all custom made. Have you ever had any weird requests for a tattoo? Or there are no such?
A: haha I don't think there is a weird request or at last, I don't feel like I have been asked anything weird, some people asked me about tattooing on their faces but I did it, anyway.


Q: What are the most interesting experiences with the customers? Any crazy stories you would like to share with us?
A: I've been tattooing for so loong but I don't think there is a crazy history to share. I wish there was something "cool" to say but I can't recall anything extraordinary.

Q: Your tattoo lifestyle gives you the chance to meet a lot of interesting people around. Do you have any artists on your list that you would love to work with? Or you love to work as independent artist?
A: I have done some projects with other artist in the past but anyone that come across with some sharp pencils and a nice attitude is welcome.

Q: How often do you visit tattoo conventions? Which one left you the most memorable impression?
A: Nowadays I'm having a brake of convention, I only attend Krakow and Gothenburg this year, I remember a small convention in Iguazu Brazil it was so friendly and the place was like a paradise. Also the first international convention in Beijing was memorable, it was so different from any other convention I've ever been, I remember they didn't allow visitors from outside, the only people inside were the tattooers, traders and their helpers but somehow it was a busy fun show.




Q: What is your biggest challenge in working as a tattoo artist? Would you change something in your style?
A: Perhaps keeping my style unique, there is so much going on in the tattoo world nowadays that is hard not to be amazed or influenced by other artists, what I'm trying to do is not to change my style but to improve it.

Q: What would you say that sets you apart from all the artists out there?
A: That's is hard to answer, maybe that's my personality shown through my work, but I guess is what most artist do, I never care about being better, what always wanted was to be different.

Q: What keeps you creative?
A: Watching cartoon movies and talking projects with my clients makes my brain dance.

Q: Lots of awards and magazine covers. Do you consider those things as a great motivation to become even better?
A: It is very rewarding and I can't deny have a self achievement feeling out of it, but becoming better every day is more a personal journey and I think I would be at same place creatively without the media's attention.

Q: Art could be a great influence on someone's personality. What is the best lesson that you've learned from your tattoo journey?
A: I've learned to be humble, forgiving and patience, some of this things I'd learn the hard way but is helping me create a better version of myself.

Q: In a few words, what are the most important things that every single artist should know in order to become successful and respected?
A: Be yourself and let your personality show through your work... It may sound corny and maybe even a cliché but I'm convinced that is the only thing that will take you forward.

Please feel free to share your feature plans and your website.
I'm Planning to relocate in Canada in 2014 and if things goes as planed, that same year finally release my first sketchbook.
Thank you so much Iva for promoting my work.
Ed Perdomo