tattoo art interview with Nicklas Wong by iva kancheska 11/07/2014

Hello Nicklas Wong! Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions for our magazine.
Your work is really impressive and we feel truly honored for having this chance. Let's start with some basic info about you...

First of all, thank you so much for wanting to do the interview! :) I feel honored!

Q: How old were you when you first got interested in tattooing? How did you develop your tattoo skills? Did you apprentice?
A: I have been drawing for as long as I can remember, my childhood dream was always to be a character developer for disney/pixar, but my skills were in my paper drawings, not in computer designing unfortunately. So I put my animator idea on ice, and for a few years I didn't know what to do with my life, the only thing I knew is that I wanted to draw for a living :). While I was in college at the age of 17 I had my first tattoo, a big ass tribal! I was really badly executed by a local biker in his shop (the only shop in town who tattooed underage kids), after I had this made I could only think of that I could have done this a thousand times better, so When I turned 18 I went to the bank, and I took out all of my savings that my parents had put aside for me, and bought a tattoo kit! I tried to make some tattoos on myself and my friends, but they came out even worse then any tattoos I have ever seen, so I thought that this might not be for me anyway... A few years went by and when I was 20 I was just travelling a bit, working as a bartender in France, and I saw an job ad offer online, from a guy that I truly admire here from Denmark, his name is Sшren Lind or Doktor Lind, one of the greatest Japanese artist in my opinion. He took me in as his apprentice, and I still work for him today in his shop in Copenhagen. He had the perfect skill set to teach me, big bold lines, solid coloring, and he understood my idea with my crazy drawings! :) Still owe him everything that I am capable of today.

Q: To be honest, I've seen so many tattoo artists in my life, but I can tell you that I really find you a bit different. At age of 23, seems like you're very talented, tattooing only three years, your work is outstanding!
How would you describe your style?

A: Thank you, I would first of all call it Cartoon, I'm very inspired by the old hand-drawn Disney movies. I try to distance myself a little bit from the new-school genre even though It's my favorite, but I try to make a big deal out of not having my projects looking like any other tattooer :)

Q: How the making process usually goes? Do you use sketchbook? Do you draw a lot?
A: I Draw ALOT! I always try to find new techniques and new shades that I can use in my work. Usually, the client come in the shop prior to get tattooed, we sit down and talk, figure out some wacky idea and sketch a little together, and then I take it from there :)

Q: Energetic, super colorful designs are eye-catching designs in your portfolio. Would you say that color tattoos are more challenging to work on?
A: No I definitely think that I have a much more relaxed approach to my color pieces, then to my b&g work. I like having both dark and light contrast and color contrast when I work, cause When you do b&g you only have the light and dark. And for a really successful cartoon it has to contain color :)

Q: I bet all of your works are custom made, have you ever copied a ready-made design (flash design) or you strictly prefer custom artwork?
A: Of course I have done flashes earlier in my career, but now I only do custom work, I like to put a little bit of myself in eace piece I do.

Q: Do you have any other jobs/hobbies outside tattooing that helps you to get inspired?
A: No not Atm, but I have been thinking alot about doing a bachelor degree in character-developing to help me with inspiration, and hopefully get to do some short films on the side :D.

Q: Talking about the style... Would you say that one style should be recognizable for the artist or a tattoo artist should be able to work on any type of style? What are your thoughts about this?
A: I Think it is impressive when people are able to work in all styles, and I respect that alot, especially when they still manage to do everything custom! But for me I Think I do a better job when I'm really passionate about the piece, and when I do my cartoons I'm passionate every time, I lie in bed before a piece and can't sleep cause I think about how I want to put the colors and shadings, and then I know It's the right thing for me!

Q: As an artist, what are some of the greatest obstacles that came on your way during your tattoo journey? How you "handle" the comments from the audience?
A: The greatest obstacle is definitely to match your idea with the customers, sometimes It's a long and hard process.

Q: How is the feeling to be only 23 and being a tattoo artist? Do you feel admired by the trust of your clients? ;)
A: Haha I actually tend to grow a big beard during the winter so I'll look older, then I generally feel that my new customers will trust me more :D But I'm very humble by the great responses I get for my work, and I tattooed alot of big pieces on other tattoo artist lately, which is the biggest honor for me!

Q: What are some of the coolest experiences with the customers?
A: When they become your close friends over time.

Q: Being a tattoo artist is really responsible-hard job. What would you say that is like the best lesson/motto that keeps you forward and gives you the energy for another creative challenge?
A: It is a very big responsibility to mark another human being for life, so I will only continue to do this for as long as you can show up at work with a big smile in the morning. I was never in this for the money, but for the satisfaction of seeing the result of many hours of hard work, nothing beats that feeling!

Q: Any tips for the beginners?
A: Work hard and draw alot! Drawing teaches you almost as much as doing the tattoo itself :)

Please share your contact info/website.
Shop: Enter the Dragon Tattoo, Badstuestrжde 3, 1209 Copenhagen, Denmark
Tlf: 0045 32201631
Instagram: @TattoosByNicklasWongK