tattoo interview with freya | iron & ink studio,  denmark 06/04/2017

 Hello Freya! Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions for our magazine.
Please start by telling us something about yourself and how did you get into the world of tattooing?

Hi, my name is Freya an I am a Danish artist, I'm currently Working at Iron & Ink in Vejle. I have been drawing since I was little, however I actually never thought I Would become a tattoo artist. My original plan was to become a 3D animator. But unfortunately I didn't get in, the first time I applied for the school, since it is very hard to get in, so I had to wait a year to do it again. A friend of mine said, that I should try to tattoo, and before I knew it, he already arranged a meeting in a tattoo shop for me. All I had to do, was to show up With my drawings. And from there everything happened very fast.

Q: How long have you been tattooing?
A: I have been tattooing for 4 years now and I'm still totally in love with it. Even though it wasn’t quite the plan but now, I wouldn’t have it any other way! With every tattoo I learn something new.

Q: Do you have any influences?
A: Yes. I have been drawing all my life and I was thought by my dad. He mostly drew realistic stuff, so that also became my favorite style. Back then, I didn’t really have the biggest interest for tattoos, before I saw John Maxx famous tattoo machine with lace. It was so realistic and I remember thinking: “wow, I also want to be able to do that”. I actually ended up getting a tattoo by him, just few months after I started tattooing.

Q: You do lots of tattoo styles, seems like any customer has a spot in your book ;) So great! Do you have any favorite tattoo style?
A: Yes. Thank you! My preferences are realism, surrealism and and abstract art, together with a lot of details. That's what I enjoy The most.

Q: Your color tattoos are very great, I'm a huge fan of color tattoos! I think color tattoos are a bit trickier to work on, even more painful for the client haha What is your opinion?
A: Color tattoos are definitely more challenging, and it will hurt a little more, then with black and grey, but the outcome, it worth it, in my opinion. It's like everything looks more alive when it's done correctly with colors. Even portraits can look more realistic and interesting. That's why I always prefer to do color. I really like it, I have more options to make it stand out.

Q: Portraits are probably the most remarkable designs in your portfolio. You have a special ability to capture the details on the skin, that makes the whole tattoo more interesting and realistic. Are people (enough) inspiring to be eternally marked on the skin? :)
A: Thank you very much. Oh yea, portraits are very interesting to tattoo, even though it is a challenge every time.

- Do you have any specific person you want to put on someone's skin?
Right now, I don't have any specific person I want to do. I enjoy to make every portrait.

Q: I love the fact that almost all of your tattoos are custom made. I love when I see artists that unselfishly give their energy to create unique designs and make their clients feel special. How much time do you spend working on the sketch design?
A: I spend a lot of time preparing a design for each costumer. First of all I have to make sure, that I capture their idea and thoughts. Then I search for the perfect pictures and then I make the design in Photoshop. The process usually takes about 2-3 hours.

- Do you allow your clients to bring some reference images?
Yes, I do allow them to bring reference, just for inspiration. I rarely use any of their pictures in the design. The finished design, will always be a mix between my costumers wishes and my personal style. I think it is very important to be open to your costumers ideas, since they are the ones who get marked for life. And it also gets more special, because every costumer has a story they wanna tell.

Q: You're happy to be part of the awesome Danish tattoo studios "Iron&Ink". Tell me about your experience working there.
A: I'm so happy to work at Iron & Ink. Everything is just organized and very professional. There is room for everyone, no matter Who you are. What matters the most in this shop, is our passion for tattoos, art and creativity. It really bonds us together like a family.

- How much the great environment and the other artists influence your creativity?
We all get inspired by each other a lot, and even if I feel stocked sometimes, there will always be someone around with a good advise or an idea.

Q: The Nordic tattoo scene is getting more and more exciting nowadays, there are more and more cool tattoo conventions... How often do you visit some of those events? Any special memories to share?
A: It depends from year to year. Last year I attempted two conversions but the Nordic Ink Festival was one of the better ones. I was lucky to win twice on one day.

Q: Anything you look forward in your career?
A: I look forward to travel, meet other artists and learn a lot more.

Q: Any motivational words for the new artists?
A: Never quit, even though it can be hard, it Will be worth the effort.

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