exclusive | Art | interview with ivana tattoo art 08/10/2014 

Hello Ivana! Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for our web magazine. It's a great honor having this opportunity, just to share some of my thoughts with you again. After our two interviews we did, it's been so great, people are asking me all the time about you, your work and yup, they are impressed by your talent... You know for some people it's just strange to be young and talented, so dedicated and creative. I'm also one of those who are impressed ;) So far, you are one of the well know female artists all around, your work is recognizable, and if there is anyone trying to copy your unique style seem to fail :) Trust me, If seen some "damaged" people :)))

You also published a tattoo book "Narcissistic Rockstar" with bunch of tattoo works and most importantly, there were published lost of great stories behind the ink, which makes the book even more special and unusual. Bravo from me! ;)

Most recently you came up with a new tattoo project "RemixIT Design", a nice collaboration with your great friend who is mixed media artist-TADPole.

Q: How this collaboration happened? What was the reason for working on this new project?
A: She's been a friend of mine for a couple years. I've had the idea to make those prints for about 3 years ago and I thought she would be the perfect person to collaborate with on mixing both my work and her graphic design style. I think both our styles compliment each others work perfectly. The reason why I start to do this new project is very simple- people who like my work cannot always afford to get a tattoo done from me or they are living on the other side of the world, so this way they can have at least this kind of artwork for me.

Q: Talking about friendship, seems like nothing is better than working with a dear person who knows your creative ideas, supports them and add their own. How much time it took to have the "RemixIT Design" project done?
A: It's honestly quite amazing to work with someone that understands my direction and artist approach. The overall process was about 5 months. It took awhile to put together our ideas and see just where we wanted to go with this project. There are lots of new, different things coming out of this project in future!

Q: Every piece of art is a unique one, so this means people should be hurry with choosing their favorite and buy it. ;) How many designs are actually in the project?
A: So far we have 50 limited prints for each 3 designs. After we sell all of them, they will never be printed again. We wanted to make them like a collectors item so it can have more meaning to each individual knowing their prints will be limited. We will have new designs starting the next year, which will also fall under the same process.

Q: Where people can buy their favorite? Please share some links.
A: http://www.ivanatattooart.com/print-store.html

This is the Link to find all 3 designs. All you have to do is click your favorite and add it to your cart. Also if you're feeling lucky you might get yours for free. You can check my site for full details about the giveaway.

Q: These are just print designs? Have you ever thought to work on a clothing line or any other art medium, like skate decks etc?
A: Our Print designs are true fine art pieces, printed on high quality art paper, using archival inks. Each print is signed, numbered, and embossed with our logo which will is our mark of authenticity that the client is getting a true RemixIT piece.

My absolute dream is to have my own clothing line, but for now the print designs are another step in that direction. In time you'll find an assortment of different ideas and mediums.

Q: I know you both are very creative ladies, did you support all your ideas every time or there were some negotiations in a while? :)
A: I would be lying if I said we didn't have our negotiations, but that's what happens when you have two artists collaborating on one project. It's all about finding the middle point, once you have that it's a breeze from there.

Q: Sometimes, being super creative, makes the brain hurt.. :) tell me little about the making process. Did you draw lots of sketches? How the end result came up?
A: I don't think "a lot" could describe the extent of how many sketches we went through. haha.
We just kept working on them until we both could reach the point where we naturally knew that this is the end result. We didn't want to rush, we wanted these print designs to be the best of our ability.

Q: What was the funniest/most interesting part of working on this new project?
A: While we were doing lots of edits of our final sketches, I would add random pictures and text to the work and send it to Traci. At times where we may have felt a little frustrated it would always end in a good laugh.

 - Do you feel even more inspired after realizing this project and ready for a new one?
Of course. Once when we were done with our first 3 print designs I felt a sense of accomplishment. It was something new, fresh and different which brought lots of inspiration to me.

Q: When thinking of you... I imagine a creative, young, super cool, talented girl, always busy tattooing or on the road, visiting tat.conventions ;) How do you manage your busy schedule?
A: I truly love to travel, so having a busy schedule and living out of my suitcase isn't too bad. Whenever I'm hopping from one convention to the next I always try to leave a couple extra days to explore but sometimes that doesn't happen. To deal with stress involved I am eating lots of ice cream in my bed at night. :)

Q: I know you travel a lot... How much does the current place helps you to get inspired? Do you have any favorite places to visit?
A: I think traveling has a lot to do with my inspiration, most definitely. Experiencing different cultures and people help me push my boundaries to better my work day by day. When it comes to places I like to visit, I like those I can get lost in. Visiting the Amazon is one of my dreams, but I have gone on quite the trek through jungles before. I really find peace in that. I love being in nature.

- Any tattoo conventions you're attending?
Currently I'm at the Barcelona convention, but as of right now I'll be attending the Milano Tattoo convention in Milan, Italy and Le Mondial du Tatouage in Paris, France. For future convention check my Facebook page or my official page www.ivanatattooart.com (NEWS section) for updates.

Q: I saw lots of cool photoshoots on your website. You look stunning, covered with tattoos but still beautiful and feminine, so I can definitely connect your tattoo style with your personal style. In a way... Cool, sweet but rocking as well :) Would you agree? heh
A: I think I may be turning a bit red. Haha. I've tried to change it up this time around. I want my photos to resemble what I do, and that being an artistic person. Hopefully I've captured that.

Q: You're also an award winning artist (worldwide), how much the awards gets your "batteries" full, help you when the inspiration is down? When things get though in the studio? Would you say that having an admiration from so many people (all around) is not just a success, a great feeling, but a responsibility as well, not just for the clients but for yourself?
A: Awards mean a lot to me, but my clients satisfaction means the most. Whenever I feel down, I think of all those individuals that truly believe in what I do, because emotions/feelings mean so much more than a tangible thing. I think the hardest responsibility would be that people have expectations of my work, but I feel the same goes for any person and their career/occupation.

Q: Do you have any favorite award, a favorite memory from a tattoo convention etc?
A: I would say I have two awards that I'm happy and proud of. I got Tattoo of the day at the New York Tattoo Expo and 2nd place for small color tattoo at Le Mondial du Tatouage in Paris. I won many awards, but for some reason those 2 are the most precious to me.

Q: Your best motivational lesson for the beginners?
A: If you're passionate about it go after it, even if nobody else believes in what you do. Always know there is never a limit to learning, it's a constant progression of your art.

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Ivana Belakova/ Ivana Tattoo Art
working at Outer Limits tattoo, Long beach, California, USA
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