Interview with Tomash Blaszczak | Hydraulix Tattoo, Poland 14/03/2013


Q: What made you to become a tattoo artist?
A: The fact I always really liked this method of decoration skin from the first time when I visited tattoo shop had the most sufficient
influence. I was quite interested I thought to myself I have a clue about painting and drawing so maybe I should try. That was actually a beginning of my adventure.

Q: Do you remember your starts? How did you learn the basic skills?
A: At the beginning the same for me like for everyone else was quite hard. No knowledge regarding equipment, what and where I should get it and no any relations with any other tattoo artist I could get this knowledge. I have been starting searching in magazines and websites. I analyzed contour, shades and the way the color is putting on the skin.

Q: You have a well-defined tattoo style. From technical aspect I can say that your work is really great, especially the color tattoos. What is most difficult in doing a color piece?
A: All the time I try figure out my style. The most important thing you build your style years and years step by step. I try everything, however I prefer dark, organic and surrealistic world in my projects.

Q: Tattooing is very creative work. How do you get inspired? Do you use some other art mediums to to get inspired?
A: There are so many things pushed me towards. Bioorganic and biochemical aspects our world, surrounding us. I get inspired while watching science- fiction and costume movies, get inspired by pictures. You can see there is so much inspiration. My new hobby is digital painting I completely drowned into that. I try also oil and acrylic painting. Good few years I am involved in URBEX photography, which means I like abandoned places when I can easy find myself and move my imagination connecting everything with good ambient or techno music. I can say I feel fulfilled ;)

Q: The clients could be crazy, weird, when they came into your studio. What was the crazies reaction from a client ever? Hm any memories to share whit us?
A: Everyday I cope with various people, with completely different taste. The world is full of craziness. I have crazy wishes like
everyone else ;))).

Q: Looking at some of your masterpieces makes me wanna get a tattoo. Are you always "the main" creator in someone's tattoo idea? Are you always supportive to your client's idea?
A: Most people bring their own ideas. To be honest some of them are very interesting but there is also a group of people who come to my place without them. They have to find what they want, how much they want to spend;) and how much they want to cover their bodies, then I start to telling my story ;)

Q: Are there any tattoo designs you simply won't tattoo?
A: I don't like sudden design, inconsiderate design. I don't like to cover someone else's t tattoos but show me who likes.

Q: What are the most "important" details in doing a portrait tattoo, just to make it more real? What's the secret? :)
A: To be honest with you I am not a big fan of the portraits. I didn't make so many of them during my carrier so I don't have any specific technical. I have to learn much more.

Q: After all those years of experience, is there any dream piece that is still undone?
A: Professionally I am in this business 5 years which is not that much I have to say not enough. At the moment In am creating few quite big designs on people's skin. It takes a bit of time since I finish them. I hope I will be able to introduce them very soon.

Q: Seems like you love to work on many different mediums. From tattoo art to custom made digital art. Really cool. Which one is your favorite, where do you find most creative freedom?
A: I found myself in tattooing, this is the main way to express myself however as you know I have to learn much more. As I said I like URBEX photography ( urban exploration), reportage and portrait.

Q: Artists are constantly making some changes in their style, technically and artistically. What would you change in your style?
A: At the moment I try to figure out my own style, work out some details. No change.

Q: What's the greatest challenge in being a tattoo artist?
A: Everyone is trying to meet the challenges and the way to follow. Everyone is different and each stage of our "tattoo life" is

Q: Art could be a great influence on someone's personality. What is the best lesson that you've learned from your art journey?
A: At first meeting people and productive conversation, advice. Each conversation brings new conclusion, sometimes positive sometimes negative but that is the way how it looks like. I have been starting to be a guest on tattoo conventions. I hope this gives me more opportunities in the future.

Q: Any advice for those who are starting out their career?
A: Ask, ask and ask tattoo artist about various technical aspects. Be like a spy ;) and do not afraid practice. Everyone is making mistakes and each tattoo artist starts from zero.

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