How did you get started with tattooing?
My name is Grigorii Butrin, and I’ve been drawing all the way through school and performed at city/school drawing contests, and after entering medical college I always helped in the creative decoration of information stands and thematic banners for teachers of multiple disciplines. While being in my last year of college, I started doing tattoos as a hobby, which my mother helped so much (adore her with all my heart) and after graduating from college I realized that I want to dedicate my life to art and began to do artistic tattooing. After that, I visited an Alexander Oberov’s master class of black and white realism and started my path.It was in 2014-2015.Then I start work in one of the biggest studios “Zabitie”, where I learn more from a lot of good artists like: Timur Bulatov, Evgeny Pioner, Konstantin Alekseev. Now I’m working by myself
Are you working as a Guest Artist? What do you do for a living?
No I don’t do guest spots that much, I was a foreign expert in Israel.
How would you describe what you do?
I do realistic art on a skin, and make it with a passion. Because I can’t imagine my life without that.
When did you know you wanted to become a tattoo artist?
I was think about it during I was in a medical college, whole time. But after I see son artist work like, Dmitry Samohin, it helps me to make a first steps. And my mother helps me with it.
How did you get started?
I just buy first supply in a market place, and start to make first tattoos on a banana, and oringes, after that I I go to studio and start learning there.
What does your work entail?
100% concentration, big experience in drawing, design, medicine, really big connection skills, and love what you do.
What do you feel was one of your biggest struggles?
It was a step in making first realistic pocture on a skin, a was so nervous, prepairing a lot of time, and stress.
What do you like about what you do?
I really like to see how it became a really good art from nothing, just a stencil lines, it looks like a magic for me every time.
What do you dislike?
I dislike when the battery in a tattoo machine getting low).
How much money do you make as a tatoo artist?
Enough for me, and enough to do only what I like to do.
What education or skills are needed to do this?
Simple medical education I guess, because we working with skin and needless.
How would you describe your personal artistic style?
It’s a Graywash realism.
What is most challenging about what you do?
The most challenging thing it’s a 100% concentrate every day.
What is most rewarding?
When the artist you was watching in a beginning, respect your work.
What advice would you offer someone considering this career?
To be more honest with yourself, and to be more creative, and don’t give up
How much time off do you get/take?
Not that much honestly, 2 days in a week, sometimes one, and you can spend it with your family, reboot a little bit, that is also every important.
Do you think there are challenges in being a tattoo artist
that artists who create for themselves don’t face?
In a beginning yes, you have to do style you don’t like, but after time when you have bigger experience customers more open to you, and they listen your opinion.
Which is your first love: tattooing or animation/illustration?
Yes from school I was spend a lot of time with drawing, I was watching podcast/lessons about academic drawing, and performed at city/school drawing contests, and after entering medical college I always helped in the creative decoration of information stands and thematic banners for teachers of multiple disciplines.