tattoo Interview with Jason Stewart by Iva Kancheska 10/09/2012
Q: When did you start doing tattoos?
A: Almost 13 years ago in the year 2000.
Q: What made you to become a tattoo artist?
A: My mum had tattoos when I was a kid and then one day she went to the hospital and had no tattoos when she got home so I suddenly had an obsession with tattoos and when dad would get home I would always check if his were still there.
Q: Some people say that it is possible to be self though artist. What are your thoughts about this?
A: Yes that is true because I am self taught tattooist. I did an apprenticeship but all I learnt was to make needles and build machines. When it came to actually tattooing I was thrown in the deep end and here I am.
Q: Artists are constantly making some changes in their style, technically and artistically. How has your work developed over the years?
A: Well I started just tattooing flash designs off the wall at the shop because they were a proven design, a what you see is what you get type thing, but being an actual artist myself (I grew up constantly painting and drawing) tattooing other peoples designs wasn’t enough for me so I slowly progressed and now I own my own custom tattoo studio.
Q: In which designs you find most creative freedom?
A: I guess all of them because my clients give me the freedom to do what is best going to suit them and their personality.
Q: Your color use is awesome. What inks do you use? What is most difficult in doing some color piece?
A: To answer your first question, I make all my own ink to suit each tattoo. I think the most difficult part of doing color pieces is when your doing a portrait/realism piece with no background. So you need to up your values so the realism piece pops off the skin with no background.
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: It was a couple of years after I started tattooing. A close friend of mine died in a car crash and his brother asked me to tattoo a portrait of him as a kid pushing a motorbike. So I had to step up and do it for him, because he didn’t want anyone else to do it. It just meant more to him for me to do the portrait.
Q: Can you tell me about the making process?
A: I usually sit down with the client and have a chat about what they want to do. I then get a feel for their personality and what sort of design would best suit them. I then draw it up a week or so before and let it sit there so if I come up with any new ideas/changes I can.
Q: Being a tattoo artist is probably really fun. What reaction from the clients makes you happiest? Any crazy experiences with the clients?
A: To see the expressions on their faces and to know they will be walking around with a tattoo I did for them for the rest of their lives.
Q: Tattooing is very creative work. What's your biggest inspiration?
A: Usually my environment that I am surrounded in is what inspires me most.
Q: In the past few years, there are many tattoo artists trying to develop a unique style that will describe their art, ideas etc etc. What people could expect from you?
A: Well, I am working on making my work more realistic.
Q: What's your best motivational lesson for the beginners?
A: Put the time into learning the science behind tattooing and don’t pigeon hole yourself into the one style. Because styles will come and go, I class myself as an integrity tattoo artist which means I can honor any style of tattoo and do it to the best that it can be done.
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