we have interviewed a very talented artist who absolutely knows what he is doing. one of the best tattoo artists from russia
Hi! my name is Pavel Krasniak.
How did you get started with tattooing and when did you know you wanted to become a tattoo artist?
I am 36 years old, I am from Russia, the city of Irkutsk. I am a tattoo artist, this is my main activity. I knew from school that I would be a tattoo artist. At the age of 15, I began to get interested in music, such bands as Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, and my friends wanted to create their own gang. But I have trouble with my musical hearing, and I found out that Fred Durst, a former tattoo artist.
What does your work entail?
He became my ideological inspiration. I began to collect information about tattoos, and everything related to it. At the age of 17, I got my first tattoo, I watched the whole process. I collected the equipment and started my journey.
What do you feel was one of your biggest struggles?
Tattooing in Russia at that time was not so popular, and all my relatives dissuaded me from doing this. And I liked to draw, and there was some magic in the tattoo. It was difficult to give up the main job of an engineer and go into art.
What do you like about what you do?
I like the process of tattooing itself, from design development to the finished tattoo. I like the feedback of the client who fuels the desire to develop and move on.
I don’t like the attitude of clients who ask me to copy someone else’s work, if I can’t convince them, then I have to refuse.
What education or skills are needed to do this?
I do not have an official art education, but this does not prevent me from self-education.
I like to work in a realistic style. But I constantly try to bring something of my own into it, elements of painting, graphics.
What is most challenging about what you do?
If you are considering a career as a tattoo artist, then get ready to work hard on yourself, constantly develop.
How much time off do you get/take?
I take very little time to rest. In general, I rest a month a year.
The most difficult thing for me is the stage of discussing the design of a future tattoo with a client. I need to understand the idea and convey it correctly, not only the meaning, but also technically beautifully executed.
Which is your first love: tattooing or animation/illustration? What are your goals/dreams for the future?
I love both tattoo and illustration equally, they are interconnected.
As an art professional/creative, what advice could you give to others about the field?
I want to advise you to spend more time drawing, communicating with artists and other tattoo artists, attending tattoo festivals and exhibitions, all this will accelerate your professional growth.