Interview with Anton | Tattoo Realism Style | Russia 08/11/2022

  Hello Anton! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer some questions for our readers. Please start by telling us something about yourself and your background. Hi, I am from a small town in the Far East. I moved to St. Petersburg two years ago and it was the best solution for my development as a tattoo artist! I attended an art school in early childhood, but after 2 years I stopped going there. Then, I continued to draw on my own everything I saw around.

Q: When did you start doing tattoos? What type of tattoos you use to do as a beginner?
A: I started tattooing in 2015. There was no tattoo industry in my city. I got all the information from the internet, YouTube videos and asked a lot of different tattoo artists about everything that interested me. In the beginning, I did simple, not detailed tattoos based on contours.

- Was it hard learning the basics? Did anyone help you?
I have been attracted to graphic pencil drawing since childhood. This is probably what influenced on my choice towards black and white realism.

Q: You are super talented, I love the tattoos you do now, seems like you totally mastered tattoo realism style. Very nice balance with the white ink and the bold black lines, such nice contrast, the details just pop! How long it took you to figure out your creative process and direction?
A: I have always been interested in copying photos with maximum accuracy and bringing something new to them. There was no one in my environment to whom I could turn for advice.

- Would you try any other style?
I'm more interested in working with different tattoo artists and their styles.

Q: What do you like about tattoo realism the most?
A: I like to do portraits, images from movies, horror, etc. It’s hard to impress me because of my good eye. Therefore, I try to bring something new that I haven't seen before in a tattoo, into every design.

Q: People can be inspiring sometimes. Some of us at least, have really cool facial expressions and it can turn into a nice tattoo design. I like the portraits of the girls. I like when you add some graffiti or tattoo fonds, like a background etc. Very creative. Who comes up with the ideas?
A: I really like to do portraits, especially girls' portraits adding various details to them like makeup or inscriptions on the face. I love "graffiti" culture so you can often see some elements in my designs from it.

Q: The graffiti vibe... loving it! We here at Skin Artists love skateboarding and graffiti so much, so when we see a tattoo artist implementing these things together either as a unique tattoo stye or does all this separately, it's always good to see. Tell me more about your graffiti paintings. How long have you been into graffiti?
A: I have an interested in graffiti for 4 years. Due to frequent business trips, I don't spend as much time on this as I would like.

- Are you like in a graffiti crew or you are an indipended artist?
It's like a hobby. I take inspiration from the creation of the design and the process.

Q: Gotta say, that skateboard looks amazing. How did you come up with the idea?
A: I've been interested in drawing on non - standard subjects lately. As an idea, I want to draw a horror picture on a hand saw.

Q: You also like painting. Saw some of them in your portfolio, looks great. How much the drawing skills play a big role in tattooing? Not just creatively but technically as well?
A: A tattoo artist needs to be able to draw and always pump this skill, have a sense of taste, good eye and always try to surpass himself.

Q: Tattooing is more than just a job. It's a lifestyle. It's sleepless nights and sacrifices but also big rewards that not many other jobs can give. I bet you have learnt something valuable from your journey into this business. If yes, what is that? What do you cherish the most?
A: I was most afraid of spending half my life in the office at the stage of finding myself. Tattooing gave me the opportunity to work, develop everywhere in the world, meet interesting artists and work with them in tandem, communicate, get inspiration and experience.

Q: Do you travel for tattoo conventions, seminars, or for work in a foreign country as a guest spot artist?
A: Yes, I often travel to different countries. It helps me not to stand still and grow. I try to participate in the maximum in tattoo conventions, which is also necessary in our business.

Q: Saint Petersburg, one of the most beautiful places on earth. Seriously, I've been there only once a few years ago... How is the local tattoo scene in your opinion? Is it growing? Russia has some pretty talented people, eh? Kudos!
A: Yes, St. Petersburg is a great city! The tattoo industry is well developed here. I know a lot of cool artists, with a high level and great prospects.

Q: What would you suggest to the people who want to try getting into this business?
A: Don't be afraid to experiment, be optimistic, impudent in life, tear your soul for a dream and it will definitely come true! When you want to give up, remember what you started for.

You can find Anton on Instagram/the_marra_

Thank you for the interview Anton,
Kind Regards,
The Team