I was initially attracted to tattooing because of its rebellious side, but I discovered that there was so much more to it.
Tattooing is a beautiful process. I was attracted to it because of its rebellious side, but I discovered that there was so much more to it. As a Latin American, in southern Brazil, trying to learn to tattoo in the late ’90s, you really needed to focus and put a lot of effort into it. At that time, there were few international tattoo magazines in bookshops, and at relatively high prices for broke teenagers. I remember they would be 6 months old, more or less, but that was good enough. And that was my connection to the tattoo world. I tried to read in English the best I could and I’d scrutinise the tattoo images over and over again. The first internet connection and computer that I had was the one in the tattoo shop.
It was a beautiful world unveiling in front of my eyes and I could only dream of all the possibilities and where it could take me.
At the time, I was amazed with everything, and all tattoo styles were new and magical. You then learn about Leo Zulueta and the connections between his style and the art of Borneo. Horiyoshi III and the Japanese tattoo culture. Don Ed Hardy and his pioneering artistic style. The list goes on and you are hooked. You want to do something special too but you yet don’t know how to get there. All you know is that you need to keep doing it, somehow, with the tools and knowledge you have, and keep an eye open to learn. Always keep learning. One of the secrets of tattooing, and probably the most important one, according to Mike Devries is: “Most artists think that there’s one big trick to tattooing that they are looking for, but the big trick is knowing all of the little tricks.”
And here I am today, tattooing since 1998, a lot of ink and needles later, serving the purpose of beautifying bodies and maybe also adding my own contribution to the tattoo world, either by doing the best tattoos I can or by writing this text.