tattoo Interview with Carlos Angarita by Iva Kancheska 13/08/2012  

Q: When did you start doing tattoos? What made you to become a tattoo artist?
A: I've been tattooing for about 8 years. In a matter of fact, I was interested in other things but my friends wanted me to try tattooing. They really liked my drawing.

Q: Why tattoo artist?
A: As I said above all by curiosity I was induced by some friends who wanted to have a tattoo by me. They really didn't  hesitate to let me draw on their skins. hahah I used to  practice on pigskin too.


Q: What kind of art interested you at that time?
A: I do trattoos for about 8 years. I also like to paint on oil a lot, but unfortunately I don't have so much free time.

Q: Do you have any influences?
A: In my early days I used to watch the work of artists such as Nikko Hurtado, Mike de Vries, and Paul Booth. I really admire their work. I think those are my influences. Nowadays, there are some artists who are not recognized but are of my great admiration.



Q: Some people say that it is possible to be self though artist. What are your thoughts about this?
A: Being a  "self-taught artist"  is a word I know too. Since I practically play this way. When I got intro this job, there weren't so many artists in Colombia. All became a kind of self learning and observation. Now everything has changed, now there are many artists with great level and it is easier.


Q: Portraits are maybe the most remarkable designs in your portfolio. Do you remember when the impression for this kind of work first began?
A: I started to do portraits approximately 4 years ago. A friend of mine  asked me to do a portrait tattoo. I used to do more old school tattoos.


Q: Artists are constantly making some changes in their style, technically and artistically. How has your work developed over the years?
A: I started doing simple things like tribal and letters. Then I got interested in doing some new school tattoos with a lot of color designs, ever since I started to work on photo realistic tattoo style, which I want to improve more and more every day.

Q: What's your biggest inspiration?
A: I think tattooing is to become for me in an addition and it is a necessity. Great source of inspiration for each day are my kids and my family.


Q: What is your best advice when it comes to cover ups?
A: I always recommend rinse with laser.

Q: What are the most interesting experiences with the customers?
A: I have had many pleasant experiences. The most motivational thing for me in this job is  when a person comes from another country just to get a piece of my work.


Q: Any advice for those who are starting out their career?
A: Studying is much more important. Every day there is a new lesson about this art. Fight for what they want and let nothing destroy this dream. And above all the discipline is that makes a great tattoo.

And before I left I want to thank you for the interview and I love to visit your country someday.

Thank you for the Interview Carlos!