interview with Damian Gorski |  tattoo art | style | Poland 18/11/2013

 Hello Damian Gorski! Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions for our readers. Please start by telling us something about yourself and how you got into art?

I'm from a small town in southern Poland, Iwonicz-Zdroj where I spent 18 years of my life... Then I went to University to study leisure and tourism which is ironically, not related to art at all... My artistic journey began when I came back to London. For the first 2 years I worked as a valet. I went on holiday to return and was told I no longer had a job. This situation forced me into a position where I had to decide what I wanted to do. I began to do simple tattoos for friends and it became a passion of mine...

Q: How has your style developed over the years of experience?
A: I think there is realism, maybe with some fantasy elements... I don't know... hard to say.

Q: What was the most challenging aspect during your starts? What motto you've had while you were still struggling around, finding a nice shop?
A: The time when I was looking for a shop, I used to drew a lot. I spent all my free time to get in tattoo shops and let people see my drawings and pictures of tattoos I had have done. The drawings were great. These days looking at them, I think there are nice, which is opposite when it comes to the tattoos I've done. That's why no one wanted me in a crew. After around 10 failures I gave up, but I used to draw and tattoo friends at home :)

Q: How long have you been tattooing?
A: Difficult to say... Something like a prison tattoo machine I made when I was 16th. There was a time when I started to be fascinated of this kind of art. No long time after that, I left tattooing for skateboarding and snowboarding which are my passion till today. Around five years ago I bought a first tattoo kit and start to learn how to tattoo on my friends (Thanks guys...really appreciate this :D:D) But the real tattoo adventure started in April this year in Prolific Studio in London.

Q: Do you have any favorite tattoo style?
A: I really love realism and surrealism. Nothing can make me more happy than work on Black & Grey portraits, most recently I do color tattoos as well. New school is kind of style which I think I could be good in it, too... I going to do my best to improve myself in those styles.

Q: Tattooing is very creative work, how do you get inspired?
A: With only one tattoo artist in the shop, I try to keep the contacts with the artists that are better than me. I use Facebook, where I can follow my friends and artists that are know as best in the world. I try to make my work more smooth with lots of contrasts and details, cuz' if they can, why can't I try it the same haha. Also movies and music are good source of inspiration.

Q: Tell me more about the making process.
A: I spent hours in looking at websites with great images of portraits, try to understand what person on picture try to express, then the idea is born in my mind which I try to put in my design. I always listen music while I work on some design.

- Would you say that color tattoos are more challenging?
I always thought that they are, because I didn't work so much on color tattoos. I started to work on color tattoos, since the time I started to work in Prolific Studio. Now I think there are exactly the same rules as in black and grey work but you need to be more patient.

Q: What would be the most creative tattoo design you want to put on someone's skin?
A: I've got a few designs that I keep them for special occasion, probably tattoo conventions. I want to do them so much that I can't sleep at night :P

- Any special clients you want to tattoo?
There are a few people I always show my new designs. There are people I trust and I know they support me in my profession. Thank you guys for that!


Q: To be a tattoo artist must be fun. What are the most interesting experiences with the customers? Do you get caught up with their stories?
A: I didn't have them a load... Once I've had a really nice customer who wants tattoo her private parts... That was looking funny. My school teacher used to say do not keep your nose in your notebook when I was focused on writing etc :)

Q: Keeping up a busy schedule must be hard at times, how do you keep yourself motivated?
A: There is one person that inspires me so much lately. She's telling me that If I work hard, I'll reach my target, I want to thank her for all she does.

Q: Any particular goals you'd like to achieve in your career?
A: I really try to make my work more unique and recognizable as my own style. As long as I'll be able to do what I do, I would like to see my progress, that is most important for me I think.

Q: In a few words, what are the most important things that every single artist should know in order to become successful and respected?
A: Patience, perseverance and self-confidence... Humility but constantly striving to reach target. Hard work, friends and relatives, without all those things would be much harder :)

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