Interview with Raschid Morr

   Hello Raschid Morr! Thank you for taking the time to do this interview, please start by telling us something about yourself and your background. First of all, thank you very much for the opportunity and for the support of my work guys, I am an artist originally from Venezuela, Latin America, with 9 years of experience in the area of ​​tattooing and with a long career in graphic arts since very little. I grew up in a city in Venezuela called Maracay surrounded by the art scene such as hip hop and graffiti.

Q: What got you interested in tattoo art?
A: Since I was very little I have been involved in the artistic movement of hip hop, graffiti and a bit of the urban culture scene so to speak and surrounded by great tattoo artists, that led me to meet a very good friend and mentor who introduced me to this world of body art, but I have always had a fascination for knowing and delving into this beautiful art.

Q: How it all started?  
A: It all started with the help of a very good friend and excellent artist who is Leonardo Gonzales, it is a funny story because it all started with a motorcycle that I had and he liked, so we ended up exchanging the motorcycle for some machines and that he taught me, everything happened there.

Q: Like many, I guess you tried all kinds of styles in the beginning. How long took you to figure out your creative direction?
A: Yes, from the beginning I tried many styles but I have always been in love with realism and neotraditional, but over time studying and building some projects I realized that realism was what I really wanted to do. I don't think I can say exactly how long it took me to discover it because I feel like I was always very clear about what I wanted to represent with my work. Of course, over time I discovered and perfected what I wanted to achieve.

Q: Tattooing is hard, even though it might look very easy on a nicely edited time lapse video. But learning this skill takes time and effort. How long took you to feel confident enough and try maybe more complex designs to tattoo?
A: It is always evolving so I like that each new piece is a challenge to execute, but there is a time in which you already feel more familiar with your work and you can play so to speak with the execution, it is difficult to say a certain time because I believe that an artist is always in search of that evolution of creating something new and as if in competition with himself.

Q: Tattoo realism is one of the most challenging styles to master. It's not only the technical part but also creatively, as an artist you should give it a little bit of a personal style. What do you like the most about this style?
A: I love realism and surrealism because in it you can find an infinite number of amazing textures, planes, dimensions that can lead you to create incredible works and I have also always had a fascination with faces so I think it is one of the factors which partly makes me love this style.

Q: Taking about creativity and realism as a style... Many would say, people expect perfect precision and good overall quality. There isn't much room for creativity. How much do you try to give the tattoo an original look?
A: It all depends on the person you are going to work on and how or what they want to represent in their tattoo, but mostly I like to work with a lot of artistic freedom and make the most of the image and composition. So I always try to put a lot of creativity into each of my works.

Q: You do both black and gray and color realism style. I like that. Which technique is more challenging? Do you prefer one or you enjoy doing both?
A: Each style has its complexity, each one has its challenges and its differences, I really enjoy each of them but if you ask me what I enjoy doing most, I would say that color is something that I am much more passionate about than back and gray.

Q: The portraits are amazing. I love how detailed they are. I guess it takes extra time to get those facial expressions right. How long does it take to finish a big piece like a whole sleeve for example? Do you take a few sessions sometimes?
A: It all depends on the size and difficulty of the composition, for example a face can take me six to eight hours and a sleeve can take me five to ten sessions or more, as I already mentioned it all depends on the size and complexity of the design.

Q: Where are you currently located? Sweden? I've seen many posts from Sweden, oh well, tell us a little about the Swedish tattoo scene there. Do you like it?
A: Yes, I am currently in Sweden as a resident of a studio called Ink Nation Sweden and I also tattoo in France in a very well-known studio called La Machine Infernale. I really like the tattoo scene in both places, but I feel that for example In Sweden, black and gray works a little more and they are a little limiting when choosing a design, but on the contrary in France I have a little more freedom when executing and also applying color, which I love.

Q: Are you a guest spot artist or a resident?
A: Yes, as I already mentioned, I am a resident in both Sweden studios: @inknationsweden France: @lamachineinfernale At the moment in Sweden I do not have spaces available until July and in France I have some spaces to reserve, anyone interested can contact the DM of each studio directly.

Q: Now tell me something about your clients. What are some of the best memories you have with them? I've heard, nowadays people "replace" therapy with tattoo session haha! But for real, some clients open up about their life and the story behind that beautiful tattoo design. So many stories and maybe something to learn from them...
A: I am really a somewhat introspective person and I don't share many words with my client outside of what the design is, but I love seeing every reaction of my clients (sometimes tears) when finishing a commemorative portrait or a composition that is really important to me. It feels great to be part of that important little moment for the client.

Q: Tattooing is fun but very responsible job. Many young people think that you guys are just travelling all over the over, partying and making money, but there's also, busy schedule, sacrifices, sometimes time apart from friends... it's not an easy job. What do you cherish the most about your job?
A: What I value most about my job is being able to wake up every day and know that what I am doing in part makes me very happy and it really doesn't feel like a job, being able to create works for a lifetime, meeting artists from all over the world. the world and share experiences, knowledge, etc. I feel that the world of tattooing is something wonderful that is lived with passion, dedication and discipline.

Q: Would you change something about your style, maybe trying a different one?
A: I always like to innovate when creating, but I feel that I am always focused on somewhat realistic images, although I also really like what Japanese is, but also bringing it to realism as I already mentioned.

- Where would you want to see yourself in few years from now?
I really feel like I would like to see myself owning my own studio in the future so I can have more time to create other works.

Q: What would you recommend to all the young people who will read this interview and want to try getting into professional tattooing?
A: I would tell them to study and draw a lot, tattooing is not just fun, you have to strive to go far with dedication and discipline and creativity and imagination are also very important, never stop dreaming or creating!