interview with Roberto Pena - Blacksheep Ink Bern 03/04/2014


Hello Mr.Roberto Pena! Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions for our readers. Please start by telling us something about yourself... How you got into the world of tattooing?

Q: How long have you been tattooing?
A: This is the only question that I don't want to answer... I only say, enough :-)

Q: Who is the person you're most grateful when it comes to inspiration?
A: Csaba Müllner, he inspired me at most and I see him like my role model.

Q: What kind of art interested you?
A: Oil painting, aquarelle painting and digital illustrations.

Q: Tattooing is not an easy job, it's not enough to be talented... Nowadays tattoo industry has a whole new level of progress and quality. What was the hardest aspect in getting into the world of tattooing?
A: Because of that, that I have drawn for years it was my greatest fear not being able to implement the requirements of my customers.

Q: Seems like you love the portrait tattooing, would you say that realistic tattoos are your specialty?
A: I found my way in realism and hyperrealism. That style is present since the beginning.

Q: How long does it take to complete a portrait tattoo?
A: It depends on the size and the details. The first 2-3 hours it is all about the building of the tattoo.

Q: Something that I really love about your work is your ability to create unique designs. Do you use sketchbook?
A: That is because I have years of illustration-knowledge. I am used to create an edit the images on computer. Illustration helps me to draw pictures as real as possible.

Q: Have you ever thought to change something in your style?
A: I'm always trying to create something new.

Q: What's the biggest mistake when it comes to art?
A: If I couldn't make myself further.

- What progress idea get you out of the "comfort zone" when it comes to creativity?
If I couldn't create the pictures like I would like to, I would not feel sure or well by tattooing.

Q: Where are you now located? Please feel free to share some basic info about the shop you work in.
A: Now I live in Bern and I have got my own studio - Skin Deep Art Bern / BlackSheep Ink That is a great feeling. I love my work and like the people around me. That's perfection for me. I also work as a gust spot artist at Tattoostudio Nadelwerk in Austria.

Q: How do you usually cheer up your clients when they are afraid to get tattooed? hhaha
A: Having a good conversation can overcome the fear of the sweet pain.

Q: Art in general is like an endless salvation from all the negative aspects in life, what is the best lesson that you've learned from your art journey?
A: The variety and the possibility to meet new people each day is what inspires me!

Please feel free to share your contact info/website.
Skin Deep Art Bern / BlackSheep Ink
Rathausgasse 53 / 3011 Bern-CH  /

Tattoostudio Nadelwerk/Austria
Dr. Kossstrasse 7 / 4600 Wels, Austria
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