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 there?
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 tattoo journey?
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.

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