Interview with Cebaz tattoo | Realism Style | Lleida, Spain | 11/08/2020

  Hello Cebaz! 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. I've seen many cool tattoos in your portfolio, from crazy portraits to beautiful black and gray fantasy motives, very creative. I 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 hard was to learn the basics skills? Anyone helped you?
A: The first contact was 13 years ago. I have been professionally tattooing for 6 years. It was very difficult since I lived in a very poor neighborhood and there were no resources, but there was a desire to learn, so much so, that I made my first machine with a cassette motor, a bent spoon and a wire.

Q: What kept you motivated during the process? We all know that every beginning is hard.
A: My wife is the one who motivated me to resume my dream of tattooing. She has always supported me especially when no one else wanted to help me.

Q: How much time took you to gain confidence in your work? Who were some of your first clients?
A: It took me 8 years to trust myself, I am very demanding of myself. My first clients were my friends from the neighborhood!

- Do you keep some photos from your first tattoos?
Yes! photos and templates! I keep them with great affection.

Q: I really love your portrait tattoos. Such a beautiful detailed work. I love when you play with some colors too that gives a special touch and make the final result even more interesting. Where do you find your inspiration?
A: In women and in daily life.

Q: The girls with the blue eyes and the clock design in the background... oh my favorite designs! Is that like a special style or it's something that you invented? It looks awesome!!
A: It is a compilation of everything learned, but in the end little by little it has become my personal style, which has led me to travel and meet more artists!

Q: Do you take more sessions to complete the whole tattoo or all can be done in one sitting?
A: I used to finish it in one session, but I have realized that the ideal is to do a second session to reinforce blacks, clean shadows and define details. That makes a difference!

Q: I find your work really unique. Do you draw a bunch of sketches for each client or? I'm happy that nowadays we have digital art, so it's easier and quicker to design stuff. Tell me more about the creative process.
A: I usually make a design and work as much as possible, playing with expressions, makeup and other details to get something unique and original for each person!

Q: How is your connection with the customers, do you give them some suggestions?
A: Usually, clients give me the elements they want and give me the freedom to create the design however I want!

Q: Being constantly busy is hard. Some people think being a tattoo artist is fun but is it? What are some of the most challenging but rewarding aspects of this job?
A: The more complicated is the time you have to dedicate yourself to it, but at the same time I am passionate about it. It is the fish that bites the tail!

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: Yes, I usually travel once a month and for me it is one of the most important things at a personal and work level. I learn a lot especially from the people and cultures from each country! Of course also from other tattoo artists.

Q: What is your advice for those who are willing to start tattooing?
A: Perseverance, discipline and a lot of patience!

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Instagram @cebaztattoo

 Mr.Cebaz Thank you so much for the interview,
Take care and keep up the great work.

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