Hello Francesco, How did you start tattooing, do you work as a guest artist? What do you do?
As a child I always called my attention to the art of tattooing began from scratch. drawing a lot then little by little I was practicing on my body or people who knew and was willing to tattoo them was in 2013 when I started to dedicate myself to tattooing professionally my name is Francisco Torres my studio is in the south of Chile in the city of Temuco I am part of the team of the store Eudemoni House I am dedicated to making color tattoos color realism, black and white realism.
How would you describe what you do?
I describe my work as a sacred moment I am a super neat and detail-oriented professional, I am always giving the best of me I am constantly training and studying new techniques to deliver a unique experience when carrying out my art.
When did you know you wanted to become a tattoo artist?
I knew when I started drawing since I was a child, after years I was attracted to the art of tattooing on the body and I wondered how a drawing tattooed on the body would look like, and that’s when I realized that I wanted to be a tattoo artist.
What does your job entail?
being a tattoo artist has a lot of responsibilities since what you do is to engrave an image that is often meaningful to people on their skin since they are permanent. the technique must be clean since it is a procedure that uses needles and pigments.
What do you think was one of your biggest difficulties?
my initial difficulties were not having certain materials to be able to perform my work properly and insecurity of how I was going to go on. if my initial work would be recognized by the client and valued.
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What do you like about what you do?
I enjoy everything because it was what I always wanted and what I fought so hard for in my beginnings. I enjoy everything from making the template to when the client leaves with a big smile thanking me for my work.
What don’t you like?
I don’t like having a bad day that ruins everything when clients demand that I charge them cheap for giant jobs I don’t like clients who think that because they are paying they have the right to treat you the way they want.
What education or skills does it take to do this?
in my beginnings I was rather a self-taught person starting to draw and paint, then when I decided tattooing was what I wanted to do for life I started to take online courses and what helped me a lot was the practice either on my body or on a friend or acquaintance very grateful to the people who supported me in my beginnings.
How would you describe your personal artistic style?
I would describe it as versatile since I can do many styles of tattooing and I feel that I do it well since my clients are happy and satisfied which is the most important thing, I must also be satisfied because I like to be self-critical.
What is the most difficult part of what you do?
Realistic color tataujes, color and gray portraits are very delicate works and require a lot of dedication but I love it and I do it with a lot of love.
What is the most rewarding?
When a client gives me the freedom to create a unique design.
What advice would you offer to someone considering this career?
To have a lot of patience, not to give up if things don’t work out at first, things will happen little by little and that art is within everyone’s reach, we just need to be motivated and have a lot of enthusiasm.
How much free time do you have?
uuufff little time but I always try to leave some days free.
Do you think there are challenges in being a tattoo artist that artists who create for themselves don’t face?
I think it is taken as a reference but the important thing is always to be able to create something unique for the client.
What is your first love: tattooing or animation/illustration? What are your goals/dreams for the future?
To keep growing as a tattoo artist since you never stop learning and to let the world know my work. My dream is to travel to meet other tattoo artists and tattoo stores.
As an art/creative professional, what advice could you give to others about the field? Tell us your social accounts?
that you don’t think twice that tattooing is here to stay and every time there are more and more people learning to tattoo and every time there are better talents it is a long way but not impossible now everything is easier before it cost a lot to do courses there is a lot of technology that helps and facilitates the tattooing who wants to do it, it is a very nice career.
Location: Temuco, Chile