interview with Angel De La Concha | tattoo style | spain | 16/06/2019

Hello Angel De La Concha! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer some questions for our readers. It's a pleasure to exchange some of my thoughts with you. You bring some really cool style in our industry, very creative. Let's hope we will inspire the people out there with our conversation and maybe some will get into this business too.

Q: How long have you been tattooing? How did you learn the basics skills?
A: I started tattooing ten, maybe eleven years ago, on my friends at home with a really bad Chinese equipment, my skills were not so good at the time... Two years later I went to a tattoo shop and started my real training.

Q: How much time took you to gain confidence?
A: Currently, I still need more confidence hehe, I will never stop learning.

Q: You do both color and black&grey tattoos. In which one you most enjoy?
A: Actually I love doing black and grey and full color tattoos, but my favorite is mixing black and grey with some small light colored spots.

Q: The white ink just pops and make such a beautiful contrast. Do you do all the work in one session or sometimes it could take a few sessions to finish the whole tattoo? Especially when it comes to big tattoos?
A: Of course every tattoo takes a different approach, sometimes I need to take a few sessions for the bigger ones. Usually, I finalize spots or small-medium pieces in one session, when I also put the white color, but I think the contrast comes from the solid black and the negative clean skin areas.

Q: There's practically no "edit" or "undo" option when it comes to tattooing. Precise work is required. What are some of the most challenging parts to work on while doing a portrait/realistic piece?
A: For me, the best way is to relax and trust in my own hard work when I need to start, especially the complicated areas... When I'm nervous I take a break for a few minutes, take a coffee or a cigarette, and thinking about my next step.

Q: I like how you combine more themes into one tattoo design. Is it all your idea or you collaborate with your clients?
A: Each tattoo is a creation between the customer and me, my rules, my style and the taste of the client.

Q: Being constantly busy is hard in every profession. Some people think being a tattoo artist is fun but is it? How do you get inspired when there's too much work to be done?
A: This is the best job, I've been drawing my all life, but it's a really hard work. You will never have free time and it's hard when you have family and sons.

Q: Do you travel a lot, like visiting tattoo conventions, expos etc? How much the foreign experience can help in order to grow as an artist? Do you have any favorite artists you look up to?
A: It is wonderful to be a tattoo artist. I have traveled around the world for tattoo shows and guest spots, and I enjoyed everything. I am Spanish and of course my artistic references are Goya, Velazquez, El Greco, Picasso, Sorolla, Dali.

Q: What is your advice for those who are willing to start tattooing?
A: Always work very hard and draw until your hands hurt... Being a tattoo artist is awesome.

Please write down your contact info and studio location.
Angel de la Concha Sanchez. Belladona Tattoo Studio,
Santander, Cantabria (Spain) +34 662154946

Mr,Angel de la Concha Thank you so much for the interview.
Kind regards,
The team