interview with Erik Adamik | tattoo realism style | hungary 19/06/2014

Today we're going to talk with Erik Adamik, a tattoo artist from Budapest, Hungary, located at Prestige Studio, check out his profile  and also working as guest spot tattoo artist at Tattoostudio Nadelwerk in Austria

Q: How old were you when you first did your fist tattoo? What was it?
A: I was 20. I did my first tattoo on myself, a dot on my knee.

Q: You're very talented artist. Your color portraits are probably the most remarkable designs in your portfolio. But something that I find really unique about your work, is your ability to bring something new in every single design. What's the inspiration?
A: Thank you very much for your kind words. I get inspired from a lot of things, I try to use in my work every impression I get from life. For example, paintings, digital graphics, photography, books, films etc. I don’t use any sketchbooks, instead of that I use different works of any photographers or make a photo of a composition by myself. Then I make a basic photoshop plan from these photos. The colors, other details I usually improvise at working.

Q: How long is an average tattoo work day?
A: It depends on the actual work, at one day I make usually one bigger tattoo, or 2 smaller. It takes 8-10 hours. But in the future I would like to rest a bit more, concentrating at other parts of my life too.

- Any hobbies that help you to get inspired?
I used to paint a lot, but nowadays I don’t really have time for it unfortunately. So I tried this kind of artistic ambition to benefit my tattooing. I hope in the near future I will have more free time for painting.

Q: Is there any tattoo style you find as most challenging?
A: I like to experiment, I always try to avoid monotony. I’m trying to make every tattoo unique for my customers, which fit to them and to the theme too. For me the challenge is irrespective from the style. When the costumer's tattoo idea is individual and original, that’s the biggest challenge for me.

Q: Can you relate your beginner style with your style now?
A: At the beginning I used to search “my style”, I made a lot of tattoos in different styles, to see, which one is the most interesting to me. In that time I didn’t have an evolved style, which is typical of me. Later, I tried to make as realistic tattoos, as I’m able to make. But nowadays I try to make it in a clearer style, visualize in a more complex, lively, energetic composition.

Q: You are traveling a lot. How often do you visit tattoo conventions?
A: I used to travel to a lot of conventions, but it’s really tiring. Now I try to be participate just on conventions, which are more interesting. Unfortunately on the conventions there’s no time to meet and talk to other people and tattooers, because I usually tattoo whole day and concentrate on my work.

- Is there any tattoo convention that left you the most memorable impression?
For me the Milano Tattoo Convention was the most memorable, in 2013. I got the "Best of Show 1. place” price, and it was a really big honor for me.

Q: Where are you now located?
A: I’m working in Budapest, Hungary, in my own studio Prestige Studio.

- Any guest spots?
Besides this I travel in every month to Wels and Wien as a guest artist. It’s good and enjoyable to travel the world and tattooing at the same time.

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Tattoostudio Nadelwerk/Austria
Dr. Kossstrasse 7 / 4600 Wels, Austria
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