interview with Roberto Moreira | "Da Silva Tattoo" germany 11/01/2016
Hello Roberto Moreira! Thanks so much for taking
the time to answer some questions for our web magazine. It's my
honor to have the opportunity to share some of my thoughts with you.
Your style is amazing! I don't know how you've achieved this level
of creativity but every tattoo is a unique masterpiece. I bet your
style inspire a lot of beginners out there and maybe not just the
beginners but the pro artists too.
Q: Do you remember when the fascination for tattoo art first began? How you end up working as a tattoo artist?
A: Yes, It was when I was 16. I got my first tattoo. Since that day I get in love with tattoo art and dreaming of becoming a tattoo artist, it took a long time since I become one, but it worth!
Q: Being a tattoo artist requires more than just a talent. I know some people are indeed fortunate having talent for arts, but sometimes the talent isn't enough, hard work, patience and a true dedication will get your name out there, especially nowadays when we have new artists coming every day. What aspect was the hardest in the beginning? Did you have any struggles? Tell me more about you getting on the scene.
A: Yes it requires a lot of hard work and dedication. I must say I wasn't on to get on the scene, just trying to improve and make good tattoos. In the beginning was hard to explain the customers what they want isn't always good, but nowadays I don't have any problem with it, most of the customers give me a lot of creative freedom.
Q: Now you are know as one of the most
inspiring artists out there. Your art is absolutely breathtaking.
Seriously, I don't know which style fist you the best. Whether is
color tattooing or black and gray, every tattoo is a true, unique
masterpiece. How do you get inspired? Do you have any "special"
creative process while working on the sketches for your clients?
Guide me a bit in the making process.
A: I get inspired by many different things, like other tattoo artists, paintings, photography, magazines, movies etc. I don't have any special process for my designs, I just like to experiment with pictures.
Q: You draw sketch for each client. Do you usually negotiate with your clients when it comes to some tattoo designs or even the tattoo placement?
A: Yes, it's very important the design to fit good on the body area, but I never let my customers to say to much about my designs.
Q: Supper-friendly behavior is a must if you want to gain more clients as well as their respect. But, sometimes some clients could be a little weird. Have you ever tell someone to just leave your shop? I'm talking about some drunk punks here. :)) How do you "handle" those?
A: No it never happened till now, but sometimes when drunk or weird people come to the studio, I just tell them a very high price for the tattoos, that they are faster outside the studio. :))
Q. I know artists are constantly
trying to progress, would you change something in your style, or
start working on something completely different? If so, what
would that be? heh
A; Oh yes, I would, but not really sure what. I'm never happy with my tattoos.
Q: Something that I like about your work is your ability to bring up some very cool details in every piece. Especially when it comes to black and gray tattoos. I've seen some very cool 3D works or maybe I'm wrong, but WOW, looks spectacular! What details are most difficult in B&G tattoos?
A: For me the most difficult thing is doing hairs, especially animal hairs, really hard to do and textures, but when it come to hairs I always stressed out.
Q: I guess good shading technique is a must when it comes to Black & Gray tattooing. Would you say that process can come naturally/spontaneous or the artist must be skilled when it comes to shading techniques?
A: I would say both, many things comes with the time, but of course you need to be talented as well.
Q: Your back piece tattoos are probably the most eye-catching designs in your portfolio. Do you remember the longest tattoo sitting?
A: I think it was about 12 hours on a fore arm, after that I was really broken, but the customer sat well, and 9 hours on a backpiece, just filling straight black, the customer was really tuff.
Q: As a creative person, having this job, I bet you must enjoy every single day in the shop, working something you love... Do you have any challenges, let's say something on your "To DO LIST" in maybe 5 years?
A: Yes I love it, when I come inside the shop is like I'm coming inside my living room, actually I spend more time at the shop than at home. My big challenge is to get better and also find more time for my family.
Q: Where are you located now?
A: I'm working in Germany, in my own studio "Da Silva Tattoo"
gadderbaumer str 40
Q: What you should never do as a Professional Tattoo Artist?
A: Act like a superstar diva, stay on the ground.
Q: What would you recommend to the beginners?
A: First of all learn what's real tattooing and lean it, like solid works, scripts, lines, basics and then when you good at it, move on slowly on bigger pieces and always have respect for what you are doing! Nowadays I see a lot of begginers barely started tattooing and already trying to make huge and elaborate pieces, it just won't work!
Mr.Roberto Moreira, Thanks so much for the interview.
All my best,