Interview with Silvano Fiato | eternal tattoo | Genova, Italy  07/06/2012

Q: When did you start doing tattoos? What made you to become a tattoo artist?
A: Since I was child I always dedicated my time to drawing and painting, seeking perfection in it, as long as 10 years ago I met the world of tattooing and from there I can't stay without it.

Q: Why tattoo artist?
A: I didn't finish art school and I worked completely different jobs, because unfortunately is not easy in life to do what you like , but this dream continued to grow inside me. Now, I can't imagine myself doing something else. Surely the tattoos always catch me and when I figured out that it was possible to reproduce what I knew already on paper and canvas, on the skin of people, I realized that this would be my way. Today I'm very proud because I never had a teacher and I learn everything by myself. For me tattooing is a great passion I can not wait to come to work in the morning, and express myself 100% every day.

Q: What kind of art interested you at that time?
A: My specialty is realistic tattooing joined with the horror style, for me that's what gives me more satisfaction when I work and is the most complex and impactful, and gives many emotions, I think this is what a tattoo should be.

Q: Do you have any influences?
A: I started I was shocked by the portraits of Robert Hernandez and Bob Tyrell. Today there are also many other great artists that I admire but I couldn't say a name in particular.

Q: Some people say that it is possible to be self though artist. What are your thoughts about this?
A: In my opinion yes, for example I had to learn everything by myself, without having any kind of education or teacher, so everything I know I had to learn it by myself. But on the one hand this has led me to be who I am today. Now I'm a professional and I know what I do because I always studied to improve myself and I'll always study to do better every day more.

Q: Artists are constantly making some changes in their style, technically and artistically. How has your work developed over the years?
A: Surely, over the years, I have completed myself a lot and I always tried to push myself over the edge improving myself more and more every day.

Q: In which designs you find most creative freedom?
A: All the pieces that are created in my studio, are personalized. Every piece we do is created specifically for the customer. I hate to chose in the catalog or use other people's tattoos, so I always preferred to dedicate more time, but to create unique works. For now, everyone who comes to me, give me the possibility to express myself fully, and I think that is the best thing that an artist could wish for.


Q: Maybe the most impressive thing about your work is the color shading in layers. Seems like there is 3d work in some of them. What is the most difficult part in doing realistic tattoos?
A: First of all thank you for your words. I spent a lot of time in the recent years on the study of color and especially how to do make it render in the best possible way. Definitely something that unfortunately many artists overlook is that they think only of how the photograph will be with the tattoo just did, while I think about it will only be made once its healed. I think this is the hardest thing to do.

Q: Can you tell me about the making process, do you collaborate with your clients when it comes to ideas?
A: In my opinion the are 3 key features for a good work :
- Choose a good photo, that I always do with my client.
- Choose the best point where I'll do the tattoo.
- Completely trust in me for every aspect of the tattoo like my customers do.

I haven't a favorite subject, I like everything. I try to capture the soul of the subject that I'm going to tattoo because I want to give some emotions and sensations to the viewer.

Q: What kind of tattoos people like the most?
A: Now I think people are directing to the realistic tattoo style, so there isn't a precise subject, but rather a genre able to enclose in it many other styles.


Q: What are the most interesting experiences with the customers?
A: I think the tattoo process in some cases is creating relationship between the tattoo artist and the customers. Very interesting and perfect harmony, but the most beautiful, thing that all worthwhile you certainly see the expression of the customer satisfied after I finished work on his skin.

Q: Any strange requests, you would like to share with us? Or there is no strange request for a tattoo?
A: After so many years doing this work, it is hard to find something that can shock me, but one of the strangest tattoos I remember, was a realistic clove of garlic.

Q: In the past few years, there are many new tattoo artists trying to develop a unique style. What people could expect from you?
A: Certainly I think it's right that a good tattoo artist, to be called such, will have mastered all the techniques and find his way to a single style, so I think this is the right path, but like everything in life I think it is right to know how to walk before running and is an advice that I would give to all the tattoo artists who want to begin this path. Everyone who knows me, learns to understand how I am, and I am a very ambitious person. I don't feel arrived and therefore I'll continue to evolve myself more and more, always creating new and original pieces, putting inside them all myself and all my passion.

Q: In a few words, what are the most important things that every single artist should know in order to become successful and respected?
A: The important requirements are passion, ambition and a lot of humility.

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