tattoo | interview with Paul Munteanu by iva kancheska 22/04/2014
Today we're going to talk with Paul Munteanu, a tattoo artist from Bucuresti, Romania. His studio is called Polytattoo, www.polytattoo.ro He's also working as guest spot tattoo artist at Tattoostudio Nadelwerk/Austria, Dr. Kossstrasse 7 / 4600 Wels, Austria, Check out the Facebook Page - Tattoostudio Nadelwerk
Hello Mr.Paul Munteanu!
Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions for our
In the very beginning, please start by telling us something about yourself... How you got into the world of art?
Q: How was your beginning? What type of art interested you? Do you have any formal art training as a background?
A: Hello. I was interested to make things in tattoos that are hard to make cause I wanted to be different. I was very attracted by Hans Rudi Giger that was an idol for me in my childhood. So the answer is surrealism of course. I feel very sorry cause I didn't t follow any art school.
Q: When it comes to tattooing, seems like you never know where it will bring you, in which style you will most succeed (creatively and technically). Do you have any favorite?
A: I'm obsessed with tattoos that can be seen from the distance, ones with a very strong contrast, that when u see them a bit closer, it give you a bigger shock. I feel very attracted nowadays to artists like Hernandez, Portugal, Paul Booth. I feel attracted to darkness in its true meaning. I also have 666 as my car's registration number.
Q: You do lots of crazy color mixes when it comes to
portrait tattoos. How do you usually develop your basic ideas to the
A: I like to put very little color in my tattoos in order to make the plans more easily to separate. I do this cause whenever there is color in your life, life is better, not so much of course:)
Q: Something that is really impressive about your work, is your ability to put some surreal note in the designs, especially combined with a 3D composition. What are the hardest details in portrait tattooing? Do you also use sketchbook to draw the design/idea first or you simply follow your current inspiration?
A: What I do is very simple: I just print the right size of the whatever thing I'll do and on it, I draw some flow lines and the details that I do as textures and so on. They are invented exactly in that moment, that's why everybody cannot understand too many things from the first time. I don t have any sketchbook cause I work a lot and I try also to look good by going to the gym. I find much more catchy to make things from the head, than making from what u did.
Q: Do you have any preferences when it comes to choosing the inks? What's the trick? hahah
A: Well I use inks that are very often use like talens drawing and Indian ink. I find them very close to the real photo shading(Indian ink).
Q: What do you find as most challenging color or black & gray tattoos?
A: As I said color is much more stronger as a style, but if you know how to put the right details and right deepness I find it much more challenging the bicolor.
Q: Working like mad in the shop could be little hard at
times. How do you usually cheer up yourself when the inspiration is
down? Do you have any other loves/hobbies outside tattooing?
A: I go out every Saturday cause I'm very attracted to the underground electronic music. I also make something like paintings, very close to the style steam punk, like objects put together to form different thing.
Q: To be a tattoo artist must be fun. You meet lots of people with crazy life experiences/stories...Have you ever learned something about life from your clients? If so, what was the most memorable story you've ever heard?
A: I remember that I made a tattoo to a man that was retired from the legion strangers and he was shot in the belly 2 times and he didn't have to much to live. I asked him to give me an advice and he told me to enjoy life as much as I can cause it very short and beautiful.
Q: Do you have any tattoos on your body? If so, tell us a bit about your tattoos/the meaning/how did you end up being a tattoo addict perhaps? haha
A: I have some tattoos on me. Basically on the areas that are not covered line 2 full sleeves quarters of legs and so on. I like to collect tattoos and I have some pretty names on me like Hernandez, Portugal, James (Hungary), John Maxx, Boris, Razvan Popescu, Arpad Organ and so on.
Q: So far, do you still enjoy your work? Do you have any feature plans on improving your style? (if there is any another level up, from now, Gosh) haha
A: I try to improve my style all the time. I realized that you have a lot to learn by all kinds of artists doesn't matter if he is good or almost good. I also check the updates of the tattoo machines, all the time.
Q: Where are you located now? Please feel free to share some
basic info about the shop you work in.
A: Now I work at my studio in Bucharest, Romania. I work with my brother that soon we'll go on different guest spots. The studio name is Polytattoo, site is polytattoo.ro. I opened it in almost 4 years ago. I make tattoos professionally from 2009, that means 4.5 years of tattooing pro. I'm also working as a guest spot tattoo artist at Tattoostudio Nadelwerk/Austria, Dr. Kossstrasse 7 / 4600 Wels, Austria, you can check out their fan page Tattoostudio Nadelwerk.
Q: Art could be a great influence on someone's personality. What is the best lesson that you've learned from your art journey?
A: I learned that if you have an ambition, you can achieve all the goals you want. This is what I did. Nobody trusted my initiative, but now you might see the results of hard working.
Q: Any tips for the beginners that are just starting?
A: Don't be afraid to make tattoos on human's skin, cause when you will it will became very good, you will rep the shit that you did and also laughing with the ones that you... made on them:)
Please feel free to share your contact info/website.
Paul Munteanu, Bucharest, Romania
Tattoo Studio: Polytattoo, www.polytattoo.ro
Dr. Kossstrasse 7 / 4600 Wels, Austria
Check out our Facebook Page - Tattoostudio Nadelwerk