interview with  piK | Radical Ink - tattoo, Austria | 05/10/2015

Hello piK! Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions for our web magazine. First of all, tell us something about yourself, how did you get your nickname? What does it mean?

Q: Becoming a tattoo artist is not an easy job, it's a journey. It takes more than just a talent and a quality equipment, but lots of patience and dedication too. What part of getting into the scene was the hardest for you?
A: Well I would say the hardest was to believe in my self and my skills to become an artist. It never was "my big dream", I didn't even think about it because it seemed really undoable for me to draw on someone's skin. I couldn't believe that I'm gonna be a tattooer someday. Some of my friends asked me for doing some sketches for them and they got it tattooed later on. They always wanted me to start tattooing but I had no idea of all that shit... It took quite a long time. I checked out the tattoos made from my sketches and I just said: ok, like that I can do it as well! I was disappointed of the work the guy made out my drawings, so I was willing to make it better!

- Did you apprentice? How did you learn the basic skills of tattooing?
I'm what they call a "self-taught artist" ;-) the basics I learned on my right leg and on friends like most of us did I guess.

Q: You do lots of styles, do you have any favorite?
A: That is really hard for me to answer! Let's give it a try: I like to challenge myself with any type of style and I like to make it to my style... so... what was the question? :) my favorites are realistic kind of modern designed tattoos I would say... I like details ;-)

Q: Black & gray tattoos are probably the most remarkable designs in your portfolio. Would you say that you love more working with black & gray inks?
A: Well, right now I would say yes.

Q: The most challenging details on a realistic piece?
A: The ones you don't see at the first sight but make it look alive.



Q: Your creative tattooing meets mix of color and black inks, how do you develop your basic ideas to the final one? Do you use sketchbook or it just simply coming up spontaneously?
A: It's really important for me to let it flow while I'm working on a piece, I don't really like to stick to any sketches. I do sketches but overdo them by tattooing.

Q: It's interesting how the tattoo scene is so big nowadays, we have so many creative tattoo artists showing up some new designs, inventing new styles, how do you find your inspiration every day?
A: I'm getting inspired by keep open minded, talking to customers and trying to do things better and different every day.

Q: Dealing with lots of clients every day could be hard at times, how do you manage the busy schedule? What is the procedure of getting an appointment?
A: First of all I like dealing with clients because everyone is different, that is why I have the opportunity to do new stuff every single day! Getting an appointment is easy, just pop into the shop and tell me roughly what you wanna get ;-) I try to make the right design for you and do all the work! hahah

Q: Where are you located now?
A: I run my own shop in a small town in Austria:

Radical Ink - Tattoo
Lindenstr. 35
6600 Reutte/Tirol

Q: How would you describe your profession in one word? ;)
A: Overwhelming ;-)

Q: Any final words for the beginners?
A: Focus!

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