tattoo | Interview with Sándor Pongor by Iva Kanceska 06/02/2012 

Q: When did you start doing tattoos? What made you to become a tattoo artist?
A: I started tattooing in the summer of 2006. To be honest, I like that the "canvas" is not just an object, but a real person, who trusts you and who is going to have your mark on his/her skin for a lifetime.

Q: Why tattoo artist? Do you have an artistic background growing up?
A: I don't consider myself an artist, I just tattoo... I simply like this varied ,colorful world, and I wanted to try it...And yes, I had some artistic background, not much, just a secondary school of arts.

Q: What kind of art interested you at that time?
A: Recently, I am inspired by contemporary artists' abstract and modern works of art.

Q: Do you have any influences or people you admire?
A: I admire every person capable of creating amazing masterpieces on either canvas, skin, or any other material. I think lots of artists must have come from a different planet.

Q: Some people say that it is possible to be self though artist. What are your thoughts about this?
A: The base of art is hard work...The talent you were born with is not enough, as nothing will be drawn by itself. So I think: work, work, work... it is the only way to achieve something, but I'm telling you, as long as somebody is making reproductions, s/he is not an artist, yet.


Q: Is the talent relevant for tattoos or a good tattoo is a result of experience?
A: I think you need talent to tattoo to a certain extent...The extent of somebody's talent defines how good a tattoo artist s/he can become, how extraordinary works s/he is capable of creating, but it can't be done without the necessary diligence.

Q: There are a lot of custom tattoos in your portfolio. In which designs you find most creative freedom?
A: I am glad to experience that most of my guests come to me with only a basic idea, then I am free to work. So I don't think I could differentiate, usually how I finish the pattern depends on me, I have complete freedom in this sense.


Q: Portraits are maybe the most remarkable designs in your portfolio. Do you remember when the impression for this kind of work first began?
A: Thank you very much, I try to do my best with these types of work, and when I first started one of them I enjoyed it very much, and then I realized that I would like to tattoo lots of patterns like that.

Q: Artists are constantly making some changes in their style, technically and artistically. How has your work developed over the years?
A: Style as it is is constantly changing, tiny little impacts different kinds of experiences are continuously affecting and changing one's worldview. I cannot explain how I changed, first I was trying to drive towards realism, but then I realized that it was not my world, so recently I'm trying to follow my instincts , but a lot of work is ahead of me, I am trying to reach still hidden levels of mine, then we will see if hard work pays off.:)


Q: How do you get inspired?
A: Usually a good topics, an idea that I like inspires me, but I hold on to the fact that you can learn or get inspiration from anybody, so I always try to approach to the world with eyes wide open.

Q: What would your "dream piece" be to work on if someone came to you and completely let you choose the design?
A: My dream is to be asked to do a "bodysuit" tattoo from head to toe on a completely empty skin, with the complete freedom to choose the topic and the design.


Q: What is your best advice when it comes to cover ups?
A: I am not really good at "cover-up" so I cannot really give many good pieces of advice. I do not really like these kinds of work, because you are not free, you cannot do what you would like, as your hands are tied by the previous pattern to a certain extent.

Q: What are the most interesting experiences with the customers?
A: The most interesting thing to me is when a person comes with a photo taken of a tattoo, and s/he wants to have the exact same pattern on him/herself.

Q: What reaction from your customers makes you happiest?
A: If my guest likes what I scratched upon him/her, I always feel content.


Q: Art could be a great influence on someone's personality. What is the best lesson that you've learned from your tattoo journey?
A: That we would be nowhere without guests...

Q: Do you have any advice for the beginners?
A: Work a lot...

Please feel free to share your feature plans about your work and your website.
I would like to become a great tattoo artist even internationally, and of course to get to a few famous conventions...
Thanks a lot:)))) /
Best regards, Sándor