Interview with Vicente Cremades

  Hello Vicente Cremades! Thanks for taking the time to do this interview. Please start by telling us something about yourself and your start in this business. How long have you been tattooing? Since I was a kid I used to draw a lot, but I never tought that I'll dedicate myself to tattooing, since my family and my close friends encouraged me. It's been four years of tattooing.

Q: What type of art outside tattooing inspire you the most? Any favorite artists?
A: I like graffiti, oil, sculpture, drawing, graphic design... The truth is that many of my favorite artists are not from the current era, since for me what an artist did 500 years ago has much more merit than today.

Q: Is there any reason why you chose this style?
A: When I drew on paper I did it mostly in black and white, when it comes to tattooing I'm trying to do something similar, that's why I like tattooing in black and white the most.

Q: How long took you to gain confidence?
A: It's been four years since I started, three that I dedicated myself to realism. So I had a minimum base of lines and shadows and I had a margin to practice the technique in which I'm most comfortable. I think a year and a half ago I found my favorite tattooing technique.

Q: Tattoo realism is probably one of the most difficult styles to master it. While we have "undo" & "edit" button on our devices, in tattooing, especially realism there's no room even for small mistakes.
A: What takes the longest, is getting the expression and characterization of the person I am portraying. Not only does it look alike, but it also transmits their gaze... that when you see the tattoo you also see the person you want to carry forever on the skin.

Q: The longest session?
A: 10 hours or so.

Q: So the tattoo is done, what's your favorite client's reaction when they see the tattoo?
A: I like the reaction more when they come with the healed tattoo and they tell me that it looks much better and they love it.

Q: Tell me about the creative process. Do you have a sketchbook?
A: I try to arrange the designs a few months or weeks before the appointment. Nowadays I organize myself much better than before. But many of my favorite tattoos have come up with the client on the day of the appointment. But as I said before, I try to prepare it before so that when I see the design days before the session, I will have it done or otherwise change some details.

Q: How do you handle situations when you don't like some of the ideas your clients like? Do you suggest something else?
A: Currently it does not happen much, because they want things that they see in my portfolio. If I see that the client's idea will not look good or I will not be able to give my 100%, I prefer to not work on that.

Q: Have you ever thought to try a different style or maybe color realism?
A: I have tried color realism and the truth is that at certain moments of the session I really enjoyed it, but when I didn't know much about that style, I ended up a bit saturated. I think color realism allows you to further explore your creativity.

Q: Any guest spots? 
A: I visit more studios than conventions... By being surrounded by artists you always learn things that you did't know, a tattoo technique, how people design, what solution they use, needles or how they take pictures.

Q: What would you tell to your younger self?
A: To organize myself better. The tattoo that is on skin, is much more than the photo that we all see on instagram. Behind there are many hours of searching for images... studying the images and the whole process.