tattoo INTERVIEW WITH Laszlo Hrozik | Glasgow, Scotland | 29/09/2016

Hello Laszlo Hrozik! Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions for our magazine. You have a very interesting tattoo style, I bet your art inspire a lot of artists out there,

Q: Please start by telling us how did you get into tattooing? Is there any person that inspired you to start this journey?
A: Hello everybody! My name is Laszlo Hrozik. I'm a Hungarian tattoo artist. I have been drawing since I was a child and always been interested in art. The graffiti art inspired me a lot at the beginning. In 1996, I got my first tattoos from a local tattoo artist, but I did not think to become a tattooist at that time. A couple of years later in 2002, I started tattooing because of my friends. I thought this as a hobby for a long time. In 2012 I thought, that I could do it on a professional level as a main job. So I started doing professionally 4 years ago. I am basically a self-taught artist, but always try to improve my art and taking part in tattoo conventions to get inspired by other artists.

Q: How would you describe you style?
A: I would say that my main style is dark realism. I like to do color and black and grey realistic tattoos. Also I like mixing the styles, for example realistic with watercolor background.

Q: Portraits are the most remarkable tattoos in your portfolio, do you remember when the fascination for this kind of style first began?
A: I have always liked to do portraits, but not not just copying them from the photo. I like to do woman faces, they are beautiful and I can pair them with many other things.

Q: What details are the most challenging to work on when it comes to portrait tattoos?
A: To find out the appropriate placement on the customer`s body and the placement of the lights, as I like to work in darker style.

Q: As an experienced artist... How much the drawing skills play a big role in creating a unique tattoo? Let's not forget that tattooing is a technique that must be learned but is it possible for someone who is not so good at drawing to end up being good on skin? Many people ask this question...
A: I think drawing skills and background is a must if someone wants to become a good tattoo artist. Good spatial vision and manual skills are important. There are many opportunities to improve your drawing skills nowadays like drawing courses, DVDs, Internet. You can learn how to draw nice portraits but talent and creativity is congenital.

Q: Do you collaborate with them when it comes to ideas?
A: It is important that the client bring their own ideas. For example if someone would like to get a full sleeve tattoo, I plan a 3D photoshop design from his or her ideas, so they can see the plan and the placement of the tattoo in advance. Usually people who come to me are looking for my own style to be added on their tattoo.

Q: What are some of the most important things people should know before a tattoo session? Do you have any special concerns?
A: Firstly they must be sure about the design they would like to get or at least a basic idea needed. Also they need to be sure about the placement of the tattoo on their body. I usually recommend my clients to start moisturizing the area weeks before the appointment to prepare the skin, take vitamins to prepare the immune system, sleep enough before the session.

Q: Where are you located?
A: I am based at Glasgow, Scotland. 1532, Maryhill road. G20 0AD

Q: What is the procedure to get an appointment? How much clients usually wait for their appointment?
A: You can get an appointment through my facebook page, instagram or e-mail as well. Please send out pictures, ideas, placement, size, color and every information that I need for the planning. My usual waiting time is 2 months.

Q: Any motivational words for the new artists?
A: Drawing a lot, watch other artists, improve your own style and if there is an opportunity, get an apprenticeship in a reputable shop. Also practice and be eager to learn.