tattoo | art interview with kate waiss by iva kancheska 12/03/2015
Hello Kate Waiss! Thanks so much for taking the
time to answer some questions for our web magazine. It's always a
pleasure to interview a female artist, since the male population
takes a bigger presence in the tattoo industry, but it's always nice
to see a girl doing tattoos! You're a tattoo artist from Israel, but
you travel a lot, so I guess your tattoo journey is full with
interesting stories to tell. Let's start with some basic info.
Hey, My name is Kate Waiss, I'm 29 years old. Living in Tel-Aviv, Israel. Tattooing since 2003.
Q: Since when the fascination for tattoo art first began? How it all started?
A: I was fascinated by this world since I was in high school. At the age of 17 I got to some studios in order to get me an apprenticeship but felt that nobody isn't really pays attention, so I waited till graduation, and when I turned 18 I met some tattoo artists, and started as apprentice at small shop.
- Was it hard to learn the basic skills of tattooing?
I was so excited about learning, so it went pretty smooth and half a year after I started to work as a full time artist at other shop.
Q: You enjoy doing all kinds of tattoo styles, do you have any favorite? If so, which one?
A: I really love digital animation and new school, but also enjoy of trash and watercolor styles.
Q: Let's just say, tattooing is not an easy job, it takes a lot to be a successful artist, working all day and being creative is even harder. What is your biggest inspiration? How do you usually develop your basic ideas to the final one, do you draw a lot?
A: My biggest inspiration is digital animated movies and clips, also I got motivated to create by looking on other's art at galleries and books. When I meet a client I'm trying to get to know him/her a bit, to understand what this idea means to him/her. According to that I'm showing some references to see if we understand each other and to the actual appointment I'm drawing a sketch. Almost every tattoo I've done lately I drew first.
Q: You travel a lot, what places are most
challenging to visit? Would you say some places are super inspiring?
If so, which ones?
A: The most challenging are countries which people are not speaking any language I understand (English, Russian or Hebrew) , it makes the process much harder.
Once I really enjoyed big European cities, with reach architectural heritage, such as Saint Petersburg or Prague. But more I travel, I find big cities more and more looking the same. Now I got inspired by nature and special atmosphere (for example I've been at Denmark during Christmas and my host took me to his sister which living in small town. The whole drive there was decorated entirely as some Christmas tale I have always imagined when I was a child. And the atmosphere in that town was super nice and friendly)
When I'm traveling I'm all into the work, so there's not much of crazy things going on, although when I sky-dived for a first time I thought how the world is actually very small and I can do everything I want. Extreme sports make me reach my goals and dreams.
Q: Who are some of the artists you've meet during your travels?
- Do you also visit some tattoo conventions? I think those types of events are a great way to get some contacts and learn something new.
A: I'm very shy person, so it's really hard to me to get know new people in such short period of time. I did met really cool "unanimous" artists in every studio I've been. I had a pleasure to meet some well-known tattooist at tattoo conventions, but it's too crowdie and not enough time to actually get friends with other artists.
Q: As a female artist, what are some of
the best parts in being in this business? :) I guess lots of the
customers are probably willing to get in touch with you by getting a
tattoo... :)) Any cool experiences with the crazy customers to
A: To be honest there isn't so much good parts: most of the guys are trying to disrespect or acting suspiciously, asking questions about how old I'm and etc. And there are some guys that are doing their first (and maybe last) tattoo only for getting in touch with me and trying to date me.
Q: How do you manage your appointments while traveling?
A: I'm really lucky to have my boyfriend as my manager, he sets me most of the travels and helps me a lot with everything.
During my guest spots the host studio is responsible for costumers will :)
FB : Kate Waiss Art
Q: When you set aside your profession, do you miss the "regular" life back home? How many times a year do you visit your home?
A: I'm trying to set my trips into short time tours (not more than a month each time, 3-4 times a year) this way I have enough time to work abroad and not to "disappear" from my local clients and family.
Q: Being busy with the customers is probably hard at times, how do you keep yourself motivated?
A: I'm not taking any project , and most important thing to me is to feel comfortable about working with each client and have some good vibes. If there someone with coolest idea ever, but have bad temper - he's out, sorry.
Q: Do you have any special plans for the near feature?
A: I'm planning to open my own private shop in the near future, also keep on traveling and improve my skills.