tattoo | interview with Damian Gorski by iva kancheska 18/11/2013
Hello Damian Gorski! Thanks
so much for taking the time to answer some questions for
Skin-Artists.com readers. Please start by telling us something about
yourself and how you got into art?
I'm from a small town in southern Poland, Iwonicz-Zdroj where I spent 18 years of my life... Then I went to University to study leisure and tourism which is ironically, not related to art at all... My artistic journey began when I came back to London. For the first 2 years I worked as a valet. I went on holiday to return and was told I no longer had a job. This situation forced me into a position where I had to decide what I wanted to do. I began to do simple tattoos for friends and it became a passion of mine...
Q: Would you say that tattooing is a form of art that might be taken as self-expression?
A: Of course it is. I can definitely say that I express myself in it. To be honest with you I'm really coy person and there aren't many people out there, that I can speak about my feelings. I don't relate to anyone about what I feel. I don't like to write about that either. But really enjoy when I can describe it in my designs... Then when I tattoo, I feel very happy and I get the feeling that there's someone who thinks same way and understand me a bit :)
Q: How has your style developed over the years of experience?
A: I think there is realism, maybe with some fantasy elements... I don't know... hard to say :)
Q: What was the most challenging aspect during your starts?
What motto you've had while you were still struggling around in
finding a nice shop, develop the basic skills etc?
A: The time when I was looking for a shop, I used to drew a lot. I spent all my free time to get in tattoo shops and let people see my drawings and pictures of tattoos I had have done. The drawings were great. These days looking at them, I think there are nice, which is opposite when it comes to the tattoos I've done. That's why no one wanted me in a crew. After around 10 failures I gave up, but I used to draw and tattoo friends at home :)
Q: How long have you been tattooing?
A: Difficult to say... Something like a prison tattoo machine I made when I was 16th. There was a time when I started to be fascinated of this kind of art. No long time after that, I left tattooing for skateboarding and snowboarding which are my passion till today. Around five years ago I bought a first tattoo kit and start to learn how to tattoo on my friends (Thanks guys...really appreciate this :D:D) But the real tattoo adventure started in April this year in Prolific Studio in London.
Q: How many tattoo styles do you work on? Do you have any favorite?
A: I really love realism and surrealism. Nothing can make me more happy than work on Black & Grey portraits, most recently I do color tattoos as well. New school is kind of style which I think I could be good in it, too... I gonna do my best to improve myself in those styles.
Q: Tattooing is very creative work, how do you usually get
A: With only one tattoo artist in the shop, I try to keep the contacts with the artists that are better than me. I use Facebook, where I can follow my friends and artists that are know as best in the world. I try to make my work more smooth with lots of contrasts and details, cuz' if they can, why can't I try it the same haha. Also movies and music are good source of inspiration.
Q: There is photo-realism with some fantasy note in almost every tattoo you've done. How do you develop the basic ideas with the final one? Tell me more about the making process.
A: I spent hours in looking at websites with great images of portraits, try to understand what person on picture try to express, then the idea is born in my mind which I try to put in my design. I always listen music while I work on some design.
- Would you say that color tattoos are more challenging to work on?
I always thought that they are, because I didn't work so much on color tattoos. I started to work on color tattoos, since the time I started to work in Prolific Studio. Now I think there are exactly the same rules as in black and grey work but you need to be more patient.
Q: I bet all of your tattoo designs are custom made, what would be the most creative tattoo design you want to put on someone's skin?
A: I've got a few designs that I keep them for special occasion, probably tattoo conventions. I want to do them so much that I can't sleep at night :P
- Any special clients you want to tattoo, people like influences etc?
There are a few people I always show my new designs. There are people I trust and I know they support me in my profession. Thank you guys for that!
Q: To be a tattoo artist must be fun. What are the most
interesting experiences with the customers? Do you get caught up
with their stories?
A: I didn't have them a load... Once I've had a really nice customer who wants tattoo her private parts... That was looking funny. My school teacher used to say do not keep your nose in your notebook when I was focused on writing etc :)
- Do you feel honored for being a person they trust not just as a tattoo artist but as a creative person as well?
Of course, I really appreciate, I feel taller 10 cm at least then :)
Q: Keeping up a busy schedule must be hard at times, how do you keep yourself motivated? Is it a person or a progress idea?
A: There is one person that inspires me so much lately. She's telling me that If I work hard, I'll reach my target, I want to thank her for all she does.
Q: Any particular goals you'd like to achieve in your career?
A: I really try to make my work more unique and recognizable as my own style. As long as I'll be able to do what I do, I would like to see my progress, that is most important for me I think.
Q: In a few words, what are the most important things that every single artist should know in order to become successful and respected artist?
A: Patience, perseverance and self-confidence ... Humility but constantly striving to reach target. Hard work, friends and relatives, without all those things would be much harder :)
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