interview with Ivanka Feist | bnw tattoo style, france| 26/11/2018

Hello Ivanka Feist! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer some questions for our readers.

Q: How long have you been tattooing? Was it hard to learn how to tattoo?
A: I have been tattooing for almost 3 years now. I’m still learning every day. I have a long way to go :).

Q: What type of art do you like the most? Are there any artists you feel inspired by?
A: I love street art, graffiti, black and white photography, especially high contrast, and also illustrations.
Sam Bates, his art amazes me. Richard Avedon, I really love his images, my Mother first showed me his work when I was a child. I love all the old Disney movies. My left arm is all Disney.

Q: Beautiful black and white ink together in one design tattoo, nicely done details and brilliant contrast is what I will say about your work. Definitely nice realistic note in each design. Do you find yourself more in this type of work rather than the other styles?
A: Thank you so much, that is so nice of you. I love realism, it is a constant challenge trying to improve and move forward for me and I like that. I really appreciate Neotraditional tattoos as well, there is something special about an artist that can do a clean solid line in a single pass, or show smooth saturation with color.

- Would you try experimenting with other styles?
For now I feel like I have so much to learn with B&G that I am happy focusing on that. I really love how it ages and holds its integrity on skin when applied well. I love how the opaque B&G looks, I would be interested in experimenting with that method as well.

Q: How much the knowledge of tattoo ink plays a big role in the end result? Some say that applying color ink is a lot more difficult than playing with black and white ink, but I'm sure it takes huge patience and hard work to do a black & white tattoo too. What's the most difficult part in doing a black & white tattoo?
A: Both have their difficulties, it depends on what you’re exposed to more. For me, color saturation is difficult, among other things. Especially since I am now used to using black most of the time. I have a lot of respect for color artists producing smooth pieces. With black and grey....the patience....patience is everything. Solid saturation of black can be difficult as well. Knowing your supplies is important. What you’re using, what is the quality, where is it made, who is making it, what is inside of it. That’s all important, especially because it is going inside of your clients body and it is always fun to try new products.

Q: Tattoo realism is one of my favorite style. Maybe the most challenging to work on, for many artists. I bet it's really hard to capture the expression of one particular portrait tattoo, such as eyes, smile etc. Which details are most time consuming?
A: Work day to day is a challenge for me, I want to do something my client is proud to wear on their body. I maintain the same speed throughout the tattoo. I go slow and steady. Facial features are a lot of fun. Reminds me of being a little girl drawing women’s faces and trying to make the lips pretty and do the makeup. I would love to do more faces in the future.

Q: Do you draw for each of your clients? How much is important to have good drawing skills?
A: Drawing ability (with certain styles of course) is not as important as drawing knowledge, knowing about light sources/shadows/shapes, things like that. I say that because not everyone that tattoo is able to draw at the same level, but to know the rules of art will help drastically. Even if you’re doing a certain style that doesn’t require it, the more knowledge you have, the better the end result.

Q: Do you give your clients some suggestions when it comes to some ideas for their design?
A: I usually ask them what subject matter they want, and find the best photos that I feel will translate to a tattoo and also age well on their skin. The longer I tattoo, the more trust first time clients have with me and that is really nice.

- How much is important to have a good communication with the clients?
Yes, communication is key, and patience. I try to remember what is was like to get my first tattoo when I was much younger. Some clients get nervous, worry about not sitting well, have LOTS of questions, so it is important to remember they don’t do it everyday like you do, they don’t have the same knowledge. So if they are trippin a little bit or you can see they are nervous, reassure them that you’re happy to do this tattoo. Your confidence will help them as well. With that being said.... I’ll also say, never allow a client to pressure you into doing a tattoo that you don’t feel will work or look good on them.

Q: As a professional tattoo artists, I bet you get many international bookings, how often do you visit tattoo events such as seminars and conventions? Do you feel like those events can be a great, fun and learning experience?
A: Since I have not been tattooing very long I am still trying to branch out so that it will be easier to have work in the future in other countries. I am very grateful to those shops so far that have allowed me to work in their space overseas. I enjoy guest spots much more than I do conventions. You have more time to do tattoos, and you get to make real friends during guest spots, form better relationships. Conventions are very fun and a great way to network and see beautiful tattoos, however there are a lot of personalities, so it is important to not get caught up in the drama of this industry.

Q: What's the best part of being a tattoo artist?
A: The freedom. To be free, to be able to work almost anywhere we desire. This job pays you back 10 fold if you work hard and push yourself.

Q: Any motivational words for those who are willing to try becoming a pro artist?
A: It’s difficult, there are a lot of people that want to do this job. Don’t lose hope when times get tough, try your best to not compare yourself to other artists’ success, show respect always, this industry is surprisingly small. There will be moments in this job when you wonder why you’re doing this, moments when the stress is so heavy that you feel it is too much to handle, but those are the moments when you have to dig deep and remember there is a light at the end. Push through to that light. Believe in yourself.

Please write your contact info and some info if you're attending some tattoo conventions soon so me and my readers can say hello and book an appointment.
Thank you for this opportunity for this interview. I don’t have any conventions planned yet, next year though :).
IG- @ivankacollado_112

Ms. Ivanka Feist, Thank you for the interview,
Kind Regards,
Iva Green