tattoo | Interview with Andrey Lukovnikov by iva kancheska 20/05/2013
Q: What made you to become a tattoo artist?
A: My friends probably, they made me to become a tattoo artist. Back at school they were asking me to draw “fancy patterns” on their arms with a regular black pen and it was making them so happy – they were like: “You will become a tattoo artist some day!”
Q: How long have you been tattooing?
A: I am already tattooing for 3 years. My friend, who is also my business partner – Tymur Denysenko showed me how to use a tattoo machine. Now we are working together in our RL tattoo studio. RL stands for Right handed and Left handed.
Q: Why a tattoo artist? Was it your dream work, something that you've always wanted?
A: My dream was to become an artist and I became a tattoo artist, so my dream came true. Tattoos always used to get me excited and when I saw a really high level of making tattoos – that made me want to do it myself.
Q: Do you have any role models?
A: Yes, of cause. I like works of many tattoo artist and most of all -Dmitriy Samohin, Denis Sivak and Jeff Gogue.
Q: Your work is absolutely stunning. Seems like you love to work on color pieces. Do you remember when the impression for this kind of work first began? Would you say that color tattoos are your specialty?
A: I really like painting – mixing the colors, getting different shades. That is really magical, especially when human skin is a canvas. But I also like working with black and white, or using grays and some color.
Q: Portraits are probably the most remarkable designs in your portfolio. What kind of inks do you use?
A: The products I use for tattooing are “Intenze” tattoo ink and “Eternal”. I haven’t try anything else, honestly, but I am pretty satisfied with these products.
Q: Seems like you like to work on many tattoo styles. In which designs you mostly enjoy? What kind of style is more challenging to work on?
A: For now, I am trying to define my personal style. I’m trying different things and experimenting. I like realism, but not plain, but with graphic elements. It is not hard to make a tattoo, it is just one of the drawing techniques. It is much harder to make a sketch for a future tattoo. I need to come up with an idea, create a composition and choose a color scheme. You need to have some fantasy and some brain for this.
Q: Tattooing is very creative work. How do you get inspired? Do you use some other art mediums to full fill your creativity, such as painting, photography etc?
A: I try not to forget how to paint on canvas and on paper. But in general I draw with Photoshop using pen tablet.
Q: Nowadays, people are coming up with many creative ideas for a tattoo. What was the most bizarre request ever that you can share with us? Any crazy experiences with the customers on your mind?
A: Here in Ukraine people don't get too crazy with tattoos yet, they try to make a considered decision. But yes, we have some aliens who want to have an hieroglyph, that is really bizarre for me.
Q: Your second passion is digital art. Do you also work as a graphic designer?
A: Tattooing is my main job, but sometimes I draw illustrations for music album covers or advertisement. Drawing illustrations is different than making a tattoo sketch, you don’t have so many boundaries here.
Q: Artists are constantly making some changes in their style, technically and artistically. What would you change in your style? Would you start working on something completely different?
A: I have some thoughts about this, I will try to get better and don’t stop growing as a tattoo artist. I hope I will come up with some good stuff.
Q: Do you have any advice for the aspiring artists?
A: Draw even more than you draw now, develop your personal style, learn how to take critic to consideration, keep an eye on professionals and believe in yourself!
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