tattoo interview with Anastasia Vilks | Minsk, Belarus|  27/09/2016

Hello Anastasia Vilks! Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions for our magazine. It's always a pleasure to interview a female tattoo artist, since males take the major presence in this business. Your work is really inspiring, I bet you're a great role model to many artists out there.

Q: Let's start with some basic info about you, What inspired you to become a tattoo artist? Do you have any artistic background?
A: Yes, I finished Minsk College of Arts. When I had my first tattoo done, I made a decision that I want to learn the art of tattooing. Before that I didn't know who I wanted to be in future.

Q: You do lots of tattoo styles, do you have any favorite?
A: Yes, I do, It is realism.

Q: During your starts, what kind of designs catch your eye firs? What kind of designs you used to in most of the time?
A: At the beginning of my career, I preferred the old school tattoo style.

Q: How much your tattoo art speaks about your personality?
A: I just do the designs that I really like and which are interesting and challenging for me as an artist.

Q: Your color tattoos are absolutely amazing! Seriously, something that makes them so cool, is your ability to put some extra energy on the details as well as, unique composition with so many great color ink contrasts! I bet, you spent lots of time sketching and then finally get in touch with the clients and their idea... tell me a bit about the making process.
A: First, we discuss the main idea, then I look up on the internet for interesting photos, designs and ideas which inspire me. Then I think it over and make a composition in Photoshop and show it to the client. If needed, I'll make some minor changes. Once the composition is ready we start tattooing. During the process I can change or add certain details as I see them.

Q: Do you have any favorite body area you're always happy to put some tattoo inks? :)
A: Yes. I have, It's the legs.

Q: Let's not forget, those awesome big pieces take a long time to be done and sometimes it could take a lot more than just one tattoo session. :) How do you usually cheer up your clients while a long session? :)
A: I try to chatter with them and turn on some funny tv show to distract them from the pain.

Q: What's the procedure of getting an appointment? How much clients wait?
A: You just contact me in social networks (facebook, instagramm,, and I will check my schedule. Clients usually wait about a month, it depends.

Q: Being a lady in this job could be an interesting experience, ahh lots of clients will come to see you not just because of your excellent tattoo works, but as well your beauty. ;) What are some of the most interesting experiences with the customers?
A: Thank for compliment) Actually no extraordinary cases, but with some of my clients I have made good friends.

Q: How do you see the tattoo industry nowadays? Do you think there is a progress?
A: Yes, I think it's developing very fast nowadays. There are so many talented artists who make real masterpieces.

- hmm, anyone you want to name as your role model? :)
Of course, Dmitry Samohin. Nowadays there are a lot of great artists, I even can't count them, but in general I always do how I see and don't look at others)

Q: Where are you located now?
A: I work in Minsk, Belarus, but now we don't have a shop. It's just as a private studio, I work with my husband, he is also a tattoo artist and in the future we are planning to open our own studio.

Q: Any motivational words for the new artists?
A: Don't be afraid to try something new and difficult