tattoo interview with Lehel Nyeste by iva kancheska 08/07/2013
Hello Llehel Nyeste! Thanks so much for taking the
time to answer some questions for our readers. Please start
by telling us a little about yourself, and how you got into
tattooing? Are you self-taught?
Hi. My name is Lehel Nyeste, I'm from Hungary and I work and live in Budapest. I'm 23 and I've been tattooing for about 3-4 years, since I graduated at the computer graphics school. I started tattooing my friends at home, but half year later I found the Psychogang Tattoo studio, and I got a lot of help there. While after I moved to Skin Workshop Tattoo, where I was working on bigger tattoos and I had many customers. Now, I'm working in Perfect Chaos Tattoo with Szabolcs Oravecz, who opened the studio from this year.
Q: Who was the most inspiring person for you in the beginning?
A: That was my colleague Joci Tóth, he inspired me a lot.
Q: How has your style developed over the years of
experience, do you have any influences?
A: Graffiti/street art and digital painting was always a great inspiration for me and I got a lot of ideas from many artists. I started to work on something new with my ideas and I formed my own style.
Q: It's almost impossible to not like you color tattoos. Seriously, they look impressive. What inks do you use? What's the secret?
A: Thank you. :) I always use Eternal and Intenze inks but I think the patience, long stroke and strong machines are the secret.
Q: What details are most difficult in doing a color piece?
A: Usually I work on a lot of color tattoos, therefore I haven't got a big problem with this. Only the color combination is the most difficult part for me, because I don't want to do a same color mix in every tattoo.
Q: Nowadays, tattoo artists are trying to develop their own
style, what would you say that sets you apart from many artists out
A: Determining for artists, where are they live, who they work with, possibly they has got other visual art (illustrator, painter) from the past.
Q: Talking of color tattoos, are all custom made? Do you advise your clients to look up for a custom design or you don't mind to tattoo some ready-made design from internet?
A: I like when my customers got their own ideas, or even a theme sketch from the internet and they trust me. Sometimes I draw a complete sketch plan before the appointment or improvise in the studio, but I always revise to my own style, because I like my tattoos to be recognized by my style.
Q: Being a tattoo artist could be little hard at times, do you have any special inspiring tricks? How do you keep yourself motivated and enthusiastic about your work?
A: Yes, sometimes we need to relax and don't deal with tattoo. Just play on computer, go to outside, make a party, holiday and push the reset button on your brain. :) When you get a lot of new effects in your life, you can easier create some fresh ideas.
Q: What is the funniest part in being a tattoo artist?
A: The beer is free on some conventions :)
Q: Is there any person you want to tattoo, that could be a person from the media, family member etc? What tattoo design would that be?
A: I started to work on my girlfriend's sleeve in comic style with a lot of surreal girls and things. In the near feature I plan to work on my mom's tattoo. That would be a sci-fi face with space background in a little bit realistic style. This is a big honor for me, because she was supporting me all the time.
Q: What is your biggest challenge in working as a tattoo artist?
A: Last year I was working on the Krakow TattooFest with a lot of big names, painted Vans shoes for charity, and won a desk on the first day. I was drawing a t-shirt design for TattooFest Brand and iphone's back for Dublin Ink.
Q: What is the best lesson that you've learned from your
A: Every time I like to try the new needles, machines, techniques and I pay attention to the reviews but I always make a decision based on my own experience.
Q: Any particular goals you want to accomplish in your career?
A: I want much bigger pieces and a little bit more time for drawing, painting and I will try to build some tattoo machines. In the following year I want to visit a lot of tattoo conventions with Perfect Chaos team.
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: I think the patient work, endurance, diligence are the most important things, other stuffs are coming by itself.
Please feel free to share your feature plans and your website.
You can find me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/lehel.nyeste or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you Iva!