Interview with Kalvotron | Realism Style | Madrid, Spain | 07/06/2020


 Hello! 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 how do you end up working as a tattoo artist?
Hello my name is Raul, but everybody in the bussines know me as Kalvotron. I’m 37 and I’ve been tattooing since 2016, localed in Madrid, Spain.

Q: What part of the journey was the hardest but rewarding at the same time?
A: The hardest thing was learning by myself. I didn’t have almost anybody to ask how to correct my mistakes, but step by step I was gaining confidence to take more complex works. Seeing the results was the best for me.

Q: I like the portraits a lot! Very detailed work, great balance of black and white ink, great final look! I can't pick a favourite, all right maybe the Joker! Impressive! Are you the main creator or you collaborate with your clients on ideas? Are there any designs you simply won't do, even if they are somewhat tattoo realism?
A: THANKS! I always work based on the customer’s idea and try to do it on my way, tranforming those ideas in my own interpretation. And yes, I accept almost all works that come...almost!!

Q: Are you open to work on cover up tattoos or maybe doing some touch ups on an old tattoo? Is there anything like "tattoo appearance" maintenance?
A: Honestly I don't use to do covers, because it's very difficult for me. I don't think I have enought experience.

Q: Your drawings skills are also good, I bet that brings your tattoo art on a higher level at least creatively or? Is it crucial to have good drawing skills or tattooing is a very technical job that must be learned?
A: Of course! The drawing base is essential to start tattooing. The first pass to introduce yourself in the tattoo world. Without this you can flow lines or fill solid but you can’t take it to an artistic concept.

Q: What are some of the most time consuming parts to work on while doing a portrait tattoo?
A: Definitely achieve the resemblance with the photo, especially on family or characters portraits. That always make me nervous when starting. You must take it easy and not run.

Q: Only black and gray? Color inks? Ever? Heh Do you plan to make some changes in your work even starting from your already well know style?
A: Only b&g fot the moment. But I would like to try color realism sometime in the future. At this moment I'm trying to do large projects like backs, torsos or full legs to create high contrast in big spaces.

Q: What would you say about the tattoo scene in Spain? Do you see progress?
A: In my opinion it is one of the most powerfull worldwide. Great artists in each style. No doubt.

Q: What would you say to each young person who wants to try their luck in this job?
A: Effort and dedication. No tricks or shortcuts, only hard work and love what you do. Respect.

Please write down your contact info and studio location.
Thanks for all, was a pleasure for me!!!!
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And eventually in my Swiss home

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