interview with pol tattoo | tattoo realism style | spain | 11/06/2019

Hello! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer some questions for our readers. It's a pleasure to exchange some of my thoughts with you. You bring some really cool style in our industry, very creative. Let's hope we will inspire the people out there with our conversation and maybe some will get into this business too.

Q: How long have you been tattooing? Do you remember your first tattoo? If so, what was it?
A: I started tattooing in 2011/2012 when I had my son, I was curious about the tattoo world and I was painting portraits and grafitti by then, but it was a difficult way of living so I decided to try when my son was born. My first tattoo was on my brother, it was a skull with a barbed wire on his back and it was a disaster hahha.

Q: How much time took to gain confidence in yourself? How did you learn the process of tattooing?
A: It was difficult to gain confidence at the beginning, I wasn't sure if I really like tattooing and it was so hard. I was never satisfied with the result. But I had a few friends that helped me a lot with the process and with patience everything started to improve.

Q: I really love your style, such a beautiful balance between black and white ink, nicely done details, the whole tattoo looks almost like a photograph. Truly impressive. How much the knowledge of the inks plays a big role even when the tattoo fully heals?
A: First I think about the light (I try to use all I learned from painting portraits) and after that, I start to think about the ink. In the south of Spain our skin is a little bit dark, so I use only black ink, without dilute on water, I play with how many times I pass trough the same area.

Q: There's practically no "edit" or "undo" option when it comes to tattooing. Precise work is required for sure. What are some of the most challenging parts to work on while doing a portrait/realistic piece?
A: When I'm doing a portrait tattoo, I'm focused on every part, but for me the most critical parts are the nose and the hair, especially when it's the portrait of a family member (more pressure hahah), because it has to be exactly the same face.

Q: I like how you combine more themes into one tattoo design. Is it all your idea or you collaborate with your clients?
A: Normally the idea it comes from the client, I'm kind of a mercenary in that way hahah but I'm lucky because they really trust my work and let me give them advice for what it's the best way to achieve the idea.

Q: Like I said, very detailed work. The white ink just pops and make such a beautiful contrast. Do you do all the work in one session or sometimes it could take a few sessions to finish the whole tattoo? Especially when it comes to big tattoos?
A: For a piece that goes from the shoulder to the elbow it takes me 1 session (7/8 hours). People use to say that I'm fast at tattooing. For bigger pieces it depends of the project and the size of the client, a full back piece normally takes me like 5 sessions more or less.

Q: Being constantly busy is hard in each profession. Some people think being a tattoo artist is fun but is it? What are some of the most challenging aspects of this job? How do you get inspired when there's too much work in your schedule?
A: Tattooing is fun, but not for tattooing itself but for the people you are getting to know. A lot of stories and personalities, I'm lucky with my customers. For me the most challenging part of the process is to put the transfer perfectly. It's super important to make a clear transfer and to put it in the best way possible. If you do it correctly you have half of the job done. For the inspiration I try to put at least one interesting work per week, because I'm more free in those works (tattoos about movies, videogames, anime...)

Q: How much is important to be willing to push forward in this job technically and creatively? Would you try like a different type of work some time in the future?
A: For me it's very important. Improving is a road without an end, every day I find new artists that inspire me to improve, and I try to learn as much as I can. Actually I'm starting to try new styles, more lineal tattoos like the mangas I like, and little by little I'm mixing realism with more lineal techniques.

Q: Do you travel a lot, like visiting tattoo conventions, expos etc? How much the foreign experience can help in order to grow as an artist? Do you have any favorite artists you look up to?
A: Normally I don't travel too much, especially now that I opened my own studio. We are starting to go to conventions about video games, Anime and TV shows (like freakcon and comic con) because it's the theme of the studio. Foreign experience is important, a lot of my inspiration comes from tattoo artists from other countries, like Ralf Nonnweiler or Brando Chiesa.

Q: What is your advice for those who are willing to start tattooing?
A: Don't bite more that you can swallow (I don´t know if you say the same haha) I mean, is important to know your limitations and to be patient, experience, and know that you can't have it in one month. So go easy, little by little, and of course draw a lot, because is the base of everything we do and without that base we are much more imitated for improving.

Please write down your contact info and studio location.
The studio is:
Pol Tattoo Studio
Situated in Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz) in the south of Spain.
Our contact info is @poltattoostudio (instagram) (email) and 681 269 432
Thank you and kind regards :)

Mr. Pol Thank you so much for the interview.
Kind regards,
The team