Interview with tattoo artist Inkillah

  Hello Inkillah! Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview. To be honest, I'm pleasantly surprised that you are just 23? And sooo good at tattooing. My goodness! People get on your level at least after five years of hard work. Inkillah, oh, where do we start? What's your background? First of all thank you for the opportunity, it means a lot to me. I started tattooing three years ago. I always liked to draw and it was the TV shows about tattoos that prompted me to want to start, from that day I started looking for information on the internet, youtube and start practicing. I started with the basics, simple line tattoos or names, then I went looking for more complicated designs.

Q: How long took you to figure out your creative process?
A: I really think I was able to quickly figure out, I had to improve myself and learn.

Q: The first tattoo done in a studio? What was it? How did you feel?
A: I remember that the first tattoo I did in a professional studio. It was a small name, I felt nervous but at the same time very happy to be able to start.

Q: So much to talk about... Tattoo realism is one of the most popular tattoo styles... People love it, artists too, I guess for a slightly different reason. Ha! It's almost like a challenge for many to master the style, especially color technique. It's hard, many say but also a great feeling once learned. What are your thoughts?
A: I feel that realism is one of the best styles, because everything can be combined in one image and amazing results can be achieved. I definitely love realism.

Q: How long does it take to finish a very detailed big tattoo, a sleeve for an example?
A: To be able to finish a tattoo with a lot of details it takes me a long time, to give an example a full sleeve could take me 7 - 8 sessions, especially for a very detailed tattoo.

Q: Color tattooing can be difficult sometimes, people have different skin types and some body parts take more time to heal. What's your best advice for doing many sessions on delicate skin types?
A: Regularly it takes me at least two sessions for any piece, and my advice is to always to take good care, hygiene and keep the skin hydrated.

Q: Las Vegas? Oh! Gotta visit! If ever, I'll contact you and book an appointment for sure. What types of tattoos people in Las Vegas like the most?
A: It would be nice to see you here in Las Vegas one day. Most people have an open mind, but the most popular style is realism.

Q: America never fails to amaze me, to be honest. You guys have such a big and great tattoo scene there and so many tattoo conventions, seminars etc. There's always a room for anyone who wants to learn and grow, everything else is just an excuse in my opinion. Do you agree? What's your opinion?
A: I feel that yes, we have all the information that one may need to achieve their goals. The scene in America and around the world is incredible, full of talent and good people above all.

Q: How do you feel being part of this business? Do you have any favorite artists you look up to?
A: I feel very grateful to be part of this industry. Around the world, I have many favorite artists, but I think that the ones that call my attention the most, are the artists that mix realism with graffiti style.

Q: You've come a long way, but I bet you have many plans for the feature. With that talent, many doors will open for sure. What are some of the things you're looking forward to do? Are you open for guest spots or collaborations with other artists?
A: The truth is that I want to continue improving and learning to achieve more. I dream of being able to go to conventions. I would love to do some guest spots around the world and collaborate with my favorite artists.

Q: If it wasn't tattooing, what would you do? What direction would you take?
A: The truth is, if it wasn't tattooing, I don't know what I would do. I always say that tattooing made me the person I am. Honestly, I don't see myself doing anything other than this.

Q: So the tattoo is finally done, what reaction from your clients you like the most?
A: When I see them happy and they give me positive feedback. I feel very happy and proud when I receive positive comments. Since I started tattooing I have received many nice moments, like the first time a great tattoo pages like this post my work, great artists follow me on social media or receive my first sponsorship.