How did you start with tattooing?
It all started with an idea, when watching the Vikings series. I saw the characters with tattoos and the idea of the name of my studio, valhalla tatto, came to me, that’s when I decided to buy a tattoo kit and start researching the art.
Your name? Where is your studio?
My name is Jorge Maurel, I am Argentine and my studio is located in Resistencia Chaco, Argentina.
Are you working as a guest artist?
Right now I am working in a private way, in my own studio.
What is your job?
My profession is a graduate in nursing and I work as a nurse in intensive care, in the afternoons I dedicate myself to tattooing.
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How would you describe what you do?
I am an all-rounder, several styles, to reach a large group of clients. but I’m excited about black and gray.
When did you know you wanted to be a tattoo artist?
The idea arose from school, always in the art of drawing; paper and pencil and then to the skin.
How did you start?
I started with the name of valhalla tattoo, I bought a starter kit and began to investigate, practice and courses in between more than 6 years ago
What does your job entail?
my work involves various styles (pointillism, black and grey, full color, tribal, maori, old school, etc).
What do you feel was one of your biggest struggles?
One of my biggest struggles was overdoing the black and gray and applying solid colors.
What do you like about what you do?
I like to leave marks on people forever, listen to them and meet people.
What is it that you dislike?
I dislike indecisive people, abara people who do not value the artist’s work.
How much money do you make as a tattoo artist?
As a tattoo artist I earn approximately 100,000 to 150,000 Argentine pesos.
Do you have a floral art background?
a tattoo studio in my home, with all the comforts for clients.
What arouses your desire to take classes? What are you specializing in?
I have a desire for constant growth, to improve and always learn something new in the courses. I am specializing to improve black and gray and dabble in realism.
How do you think your formal art training has now affected your tattoo work?
For now it has not affected me at all, we continue with the shifts without interruptions.
What education or skills are needed for this?
For this, it is necessary to have basic notions of drawing, computer science and the treatment and management of people, knowledge of biosecurity, anatomy, etc.
How would you describe your personal artistic style?
I would describe my style as an all-rounder, trying to cover as many styles as possible so as not to fall into a single style.
What is the most challenging thing you do?
The most challenging part of what I do is full color, which is a style that bothers me a bit.
What is the most rewarding?
The most gratifying thing is to leave traces in people, to be able to meet the expectations of customers and make them smile.
What advice would you give to someone considering this career?
I advise you to train all the time, not to stop drawing.
How much free time do you have?
I have little time since it is not the only profession to which I dedicate myself.
Do you think there are challenges in being a tattoo artist that artists who create for themselves don’t face?
I think there are many obstacles in our work, since it is not valued by clients.
What is your first love: tattoos or illustrations? What are your goals for the future?
My first love is illustration.
As a creative art professional, what advice could you give others about the field?
What are your goals for the future?
My goals for the future is to improve on realism. I could advise them to continue learning with humility, to train in different styles until they find the right one.
Location: Resistencia, Chaco