Interview with Gado | Dark Realism Tattoo Style | Korea | 16/07/2020

  Hello Gado! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer some questions for our readers. Please start by telling us something about yourself and what inspired you to start tattooing? I started at first time like plan b, I wanted to go to college of fine arts but I have't enough money. So that is the reason why I started tattooing. I didn't like tattooing so much back then, but I love my job now. Do you remember your first works? What type of tattoos you used to do back then?
Of course I remember. My first work was a letter tattoo on my thigh, it was terrible lol. My first tattoo style was ire-zumi.

Q: Tattooing seem to be an easy skill to master, especially if a person is good at drawing but in reality, it's actually very difficult. Who taught you how to do tattoos? How long took you to gain confidence?
A: Well, You're right. Tattooing seem easy, but it requires a lot of experience to learn the skill. There are many teachers and seniors who helped me, tattooist Jackson, Kudo, Reo are a few to mention. Now my master is tattooist Reo, his ig is "reotattoo".
And the confidence, It's very difficult question to me. I already know I'm good but there are many "monsters" in the world. I think there's no end line to learn. There are many types of skin so I always control my tension when I'm working. Every work is difficult and hard. But I'm always doing my best, that's all.

Q: What type of art outside tattooing you like the most and why?
A: Music, movies and books. They prompt my artistry so I think that's making me an artist.

Q: How was the tattoo scene back when you were starting and how much do you think you see progress today?
A: Well, Korean tattoo scene was like a bitter contest. Many artists starve themselves before making the best work. Because in Korea tattooing is illegal. But despite of all Korea has many good artists. I think the world tattoo scene is very developed. There were no many good artists ten years ago, only a few people used to do good work, but now that is changed. Many skills have been inherited by good seniors, so there are many great artists nowadays. Well, It's getting harder to make money, but I know, this situation can make me try harder. So it's good.

Q: How has your style changed over the years of experience?
A: My style is alway changing. Public taste changes every time and me too. My style... is making my signature type of work, like devilish portaits. Technically, It's more detailed and the healed color is better.

Q: I don't see color inks... do you prefer tattooing in black and white or that's something that your clients require?
A: It can be both. I'm black and grey worker, that type of work is like my advantage. Mmost Korean tattoo mania prefer bng realistic than colour realistic tattoos. I like color ink, but I haven't enough color ink to make realistic full color work. Sometimes I put color ink on a little parts of my work, for example the eyes.

Q: How much one tattoo artist is able to bring a unique design nowadays? How do you get inspired and keep your work unique?
A: Well, mimicking is the mother of creation. I think many talented artists are inspired by other artists. I'm not unique in any way yet butb I'm always getting inpired by other artists on Instagrm before doing my work. Maybe one day I'll be famous for what I do.

Q: The balance between the black and the white ink is so great. Such a detailed work... What are some of the most challenging parts to work on while doing a portrait tattoo?
A: Thank you so much. The most difficult part is soft and light grey shading like skin tone. It takes patience to make it look soft.

- Is there any favourite piece you did recently?
Well, I've never been satisfied with my work. But if I had to choose, then it is this one

Q: Dark themed designs... are prominent in your portfolio. Would you connect your tattoo art with your own personality in a way?
A: Yes. I like dark designs. I think this is related to my environment back when I was growing up. When I was a kid, I loved horror movies (such as psychopaths and critchers) and it's kinda funny, my mother said that she enjoyed watching horror movies during parenatal education lol.

Q: What are some of your goals for the upcoming months?
A. Well, when Corona is gone, I want to go to overseas and work as a guest artist and interact with many other artists. I believe those experiences will help me develop myself as an artist.

Q: Some wise words for those who are just starting?
A. It's very hard and difficult work. It affects other people's lives. So we must have a sense of responsibility. There's no goal line. Always don't be conceited, always study more.

Please write down your contact info and studio location.
Facebook : tattooist gado
Instagram : gadotattoo
Shop location : korea, Seoul, gangmam.
Thank you.

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