Artists: Alex Bruz
The Gallery Tattoo Studio
Paris Street Mercedes CARACAS
What year did you start tattooing?
February 7, 2012 I remember it perfectly.
How did you get into tattooing?
I never thought about tattooing, I started as a client and one day I bought my own equipment because I wanted to learn, inspired by my father who is an artist and sculptor.
Did you have formal training?
When I decided to learn I attended many seminars held by national and international artists. I’m mostly self taught, I researched information, and I observed what other artists did when they tattooed me.
You are sponsored by a few companies, what do these sponsorships mean to you?
It is the best, and I do not see it as a publicity exchange. I see it as people and companies that believe in what I do, and trust in my talent. That support is what makes me committed, what gives me the passion to do what I love every day better. I would like to take advantage of this opportunity to say thank you to my sponsors Electricink and Universal Tattoo Supply, who supply me with the materials I need to work. I recently joined Hush anesthetic, and Volcom has been there forever.
You work mainly in black and grey, why have you decided to do?
It’s not that I prefer to work in black and grey tones; it’s that because of the skin tone of the majority of my clientele, mostly Venezuelan, it is recommended to use “shadows,’ so that the color doesn’t dull out.
You occasionally work in color, which do you prefer and why?
I recommend using color when the person’s skin is very fair. Although I enjoy working in color; it is more practical for me to work with shadows because it only requires the use of black with water.
What about realism appeals to you as an artist?
I generally try to be an integrated artist, despite the fact that there are styles that I still haven’t mastered, like Oriental, but realism for me is a challenge, to achieve a photograph’s dominance of light, contrast and volume.
How do you test your boundaries as an artist?
Working everyday, working hard on each job. I try to be a perfectionist, and pay attention to the details in each piece. I give myself challenges like finishing a whole piece using only one machine, with only one magnum 15 needle.
What other media do you work in?
Only instagram, Twitter and Facebook, and working on my website.
What tattoo artists do you most admire?
In my country Axel Lopez, who was my tattoo artist and has given me many tips, Darwin Enriquez who is a great artist and is always evolving, Emersson Pabon who is a comprehensive and high quality human being, and international Nikko Hurtado who is an icon in color and solid technique.
Do you travel for conventions? Which will you attend this year?
Up to now I have only attended conventions in my own country, but I do have plans to accept the invitations I have received from other countries.
You are living/working in Venezuela, what is the tattoo scene like there?
There is still prejudice and it is still thought to be taboo. In the past few years people’s views on tattooing have evolved greatly. In a sense, a new generation of artists are being born, myself included.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing?
Large pieces, full back pieces and I’m looking to create my own style that is more than just a good technique.
Is there a tattoo that you have not done yet that you’re dying to do?
Yes, legendary guitarist Slash of Guns N’ Roses.