Interview with Marcos Alves | Realism Style | Rio, Brazil | 07/07/2020

  Hello Marcos Alves! ank you so much for taking the time to answer some questions for our readers. Please start by telling us something about yourself and your start in this business? Was it hard to get into? Did anyone help you?
So come on, I was a drawing teacher and over time I started to have many tattoo students, which led me to have more contact with this market and I gradually got into it until I decided to actually be a tattoo artist. My beginning was something unusual because I never imagined I would be here, but I ended up seeing in tattooing a way to live art more fully. I received help from some middle friends, including Alexandre Dallier, who was responsible for introducing me to the more professional side of the thing and most recently my great friend Tobias Augustini. I would like to highlight my great friend Wagner Cavaliere, who is responsible for taking care of my vision and extended his hands to me when I did not have the resources to pay for a good treatment.

Q: Was the talent that was crucial and lots of hard work to get you where you are today?
A: I took numerous courses in drawing, illustration and private lessons in art history which has always reinforced my desire to work in this medium. About hard work, I know what it is because I have a degenerative disease of the cornea (keratoconus) and my deficient is very high, I can only work thanks to the contact lenses that I use for over 10 years, without them I'm practically blind.

Q: Do you laugh looking at some of your first works? :)) What type of tattoos you used to do back then?
A: Wow, I usually laugh too much! There were countless unsuccessful attempts at realism and a lot of watercolor, which in fact was what was on the rise when I started

Q: Beautiful portraits, very detailed work... perfect balance between black and white ink... a lot more to say about your work today... Portraits... How long does it take to finish a piece?
A: My work comes down to patience, I like to create a whole environment before tattooing, I prepare the songs that I will listen to, I select the images well and I spend an average of 10 to 16 hours on each.

Q: This style is (if not) one of the most challenging to master it. It's not enough to be a good at drawing on paper, the skin is a completely new "world" hah How long took you to gain confidence in your work?
A: I started to feel confident after about 3 years ago, because I was really determined to go deeper into realism and do what I really knew on the skin paper.

Q: Do you suggest your clients some ideas or they let you completely to do your magic and just patiently wait for you to finish the tattoo?
A: Usually my clients allow me to implement ideas and leave me free to create something for them on top of that. I do all the creation on the day with them, that facilitates the process of estimating the art and strengthens my bond with the client.

- Working as an artist is a cool and funny job at times, you meet all kinds of people! What are some of the funniest moments with them? Do you like their reaction when you finally finish their tattoo and they show up in front of the mirror and just "woww" they... look?
Dude this is the best part, all that anxiety with emotion and adrenaline at the same time on the client's face when seeing the project ready. In fact, my day is really funny because each client that arrives leaves a new story for me.

Q: I see more black and white inks, colors hmm not so much... Why? Do you prefer this type of work or?
A: So the climate here in Rio de Janeiro is warmer, which doesn’t allow me to have such light skins for color work and I’m also passionate about the shades of gray and all this magic in achieving textures and shadows through the weight of the hand and the mixture of black. I love colorful tattoos but I feel that black and white always involves me more.

Q: I bet your talent gives you the ability to try all kinds of styles. I really like the drawings! Perfect! Would you try something else in the feature?
A: So I always liked to make other styles even to get to know the experience and to be able to evolve as an artist in general, I am very enchanted by NEW TRADITIONAL, a style that I really like alongside tattoos with many doodles as if they were sketches on the skin.

Q: How is the tattoo scene in Rio De Janeiro, is it growing?
A: Our market here is very large and every day new artists appear, some good and others not so much... however, I would say that it is something that is having a great expansion.

Q: What are some of the best parts in being a full time artist? What you're most grateful for, not just your clients but from the whole journey you've been through since day one? Did you learn something about yourself?
A: I am grateful for all this, when I look back and remember my days reading comics and watching animes... those hours in the arcade playing THE KING OF FIGHTERS and dreaming of a day to live by art, it was years drawing on school tables wondering if one day would be happy working with art. I learned a lot about the value of maintaining our deepest desires, about the value of friendship and persistence even though we have many obstacles. And in the meantime I ended up meeting my wife (Brenda Santos) who fell in love with the art of tattooing and today she is proving to be a great artist and a great companion on my journey.

Please write down your contact info and studio location.
Currently my studio is located in Rio de Janeiro in the FREGUESIA neighborhood.
Instagran: @marcosalvestattoo
WhatsApp : 55(21)9391-4098
Facebook : Marcos Alves tatuador
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 Mr.Marcos Alves Thank you so much for the interview,
Take care and keep up the great work.