tattoo | interview with Mike Tarquino | Bogota Colombia 01/07/2015

Hello Mike Tarquino! Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions for our web magazine. Your tattoo artworks speak about your talent and dedication for this job, I guess being a tattoo artist is something that completely fulfill you as a person and it's something that you love the most, let's start with some basic info...

Q: How long have you been tattooing?
A: Tattoo art is something that always grabbed my attention, but it was since 8 years ago that I've been completely involved.

Q: How hard was the beginning? Did you apprentice?
A: Yes I did apprentice during a few months, it's been a process of dedication and learning.

Q: You're very creative person. You do almost all kinds of tattoo styles, do you have any favorite?
A: Yes I do, my favorite is realism because of the difficulty and precision that it requires, as well as the "new school" because you are pushed to draw and manage the colors in the best possible way.

Q: Color tattoos seem like very remarkable designs in your portfolio. Do you find special (creative) freedom in doing color tattoos?
A: I do believe in the freedom that gives you the color, is what makes it so special, I really like the flexibility that it gives to express emotions, feelings, likes... etc.


Q: What details are most difficult in creating a portrait (color) tattoo?
A: The most difficult details are the particular facial features, those details requires great precision to make them realistic.

Q: Tattooing is one of the most creative jobs... How much the drawing skills play a big role when it comes to tattooing?
A: From my experience the drawing skills have been very important, although I believe some styles requires bigger drawing skills than others.

- Do you also work on other mediums such as painting, wood etc?
Yes I've explored another artistic techniques such as graffiti and acrylic painting.

Q: Do you have any sketchbook in your studio with some ready-made designs by you, so clients can immediately choose a design or it will take some time for you to draw the final design?
A: Usually my clients come to me with some ideas of what they want, so I produce it, make the design and finally we make an appointment.

- What do you tell to those who just want to get a tattoo but they don't know what they want? haha Are there any customers like this?
Hahaha off course there are! I usually ask them why they want to get a tattoo? Do they have any particular interest? Are you identified with anything in particular? Sometimes with those things you can produce a good idea, the important issue is that they get a manful piece of work, is something that they will carry on their skins forever!


Q: You meet lots of people every day... Do you have any funny/interesting experiences to tell us here?
A: This one is funny, I remember one day I tattooed a couple who after I finished they told me they were cheating on their spouses and having an affaire at the hotel next to my studio.

Q: Where are you located now? Please share some basic info about the shop you're working at.
A: Nowadays I'm working at "I'm tattoo" my own studio since four years ago, it's located in Bogota Colombia.

Q: You in ten years? What are some of the plans you have for the feature?
A: Wow! To be honest I have so many things in mind that I don't know what to say, but I deeply want to show my art around the world, meet plenty of artist and why not being a reference for the future generations.

Q: Any motivational words from you?
A: There is always room for improvement.

Mr.Mike Tarquino, Thanks so much for the interview.
All my best,
Iva Kancheska