interview with Jumilla Olivares | Tattoo realism | spain 20/07/2018

Q: How long have you been tattooing? What inspired you to start learning about this beautiful art form?
A: I start tattooing in 2010. I really like to draw in pencil and decided to start transferring my designs on people's skin.

Q: Was it hard to learn?
A: It was not very difficult to understand that it is a long process, the most important thing is to have predispositions and patience a lot.

Q: You have a very remarkable style. These days, seems like every single day there is a new style, many artists are coming up with new cool ideas, it is hard to create a unique "signature" style. But here you are, every tattoo you did is something special with so much depth in the design itself. At least, that is how I see it. Very nice composition, brilliant balance of black and white ink, that makes the final result impressive. How would you describe your style? Would you give it a name?
A: Thank you very much, it is a pleasure to hear that people love my work. My style would define it as a job, in which reality is exaggerated with great intensity, sacrificing sometimes realism, to give more prominence to the visual.

Q: Tattooing itself is not an easy skill to learn. How much the knowledge for tattoo ink and skin plays a big role? Are there any specific rules of applying a specific ink to a different skin type etc? Give me a bit of guidance here.
A: Each artist, feels comfortable with a type of inks, machines and materials, the skins are different in each person, and country. I think it is more important to understand the design and the technique of the drawing, the application on the skin, an application in which each artist has an opinion. Today, thanks to God, we have the best materials, no matter the brands.

Q: Realistic tattoos definitely took a big presence in the "new era" of professional tattooing. It's something that the last decade artists can take pride in being able to create a new way of doing tattoos and therefore stunning results. Taking the tattooing itself into a whole new level, I honestly see it as a big progress. Talking about your style... Despite the nice balance between the black & white ink, are there any other ways like applying some 3D effects or a nice background to compliment the whole design and bring the "realistic note' even more, what's the secret? heh
A: Of course there are many ways to achieve more realism, the background helps to give volume and light to the main pieces and the components can help a lot, with projected shadows effects that make each main image, 3D.

Q: How much experimenting is important for artistic progress? Have you ever tried something different than the style you're known for?
A: I practice other techniques, like painting and charcoal, from there I nourish, to pass it to each tattoo.

Q: Big tattoos like sleeves and backpieces can take 4-5 sessions to complete or maybe even more, depending of the complexly of the design, but when it's all done, I bet it's a pleasure for both, you and your client. Are this types of tattoos a big challenge (not just time & energy consuming) but at the same time a great way to really show off your skills even more?
A: The works of great dimension, requires a lot of effort and can be worked out in 10 sessions, the reason for doing these works is that they are more eye-catching and people see them, they attracts many new clients, who surprised by the visual, they decide to get a tattoo.

Q: Tattooing is a job that requires love and complete dedication. The journey of self development as an artist and maybe as a person outside tattooing can lead you to many interesting experiences and teach you some valuable lessons. There are ups and downs, lots of competition and pressure to become better on daily basis. Anything you can say that you cherish about being a tattoo artist?
A: What I like most about my work is that everything depends on me. Where I want to go, what I do, how I do it, how I want to plan my career... everything depends on mw, to summarize it, this profession helps you to be yourself, there are also some negative things as in all professions, one of them is man's great enemy, egocentrism.

Q: While doing a tattoo, customers usually reveal the story behind the design and the whole experience changes for both. Suddenly you learn about life struggles, coping strategies, love, compassion, victories of veterans etc etc. So many emotions that we humans have and express so differently. How much the good connection with the clients is important for one artist?
A: My clients have helped me a lot, all these years. Thanks to them, you know my work and today I do this interview.

Q: After so many years in this job, what would you say to someone who plans to start tattooing? What's the best approach?
A; I would tell them to not waste the opportunity to be unique, and to not be the same, to not make the mistake to imitate anybody, to just get involved in.

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