Artists: Charles Huurman
What year did you start tattooing: 2009-01-01
Do you have any special training: I went to different art academies
Conventions usually worked: Midleton, Kerry, Galway, Cork
Where did you apprentice?: I didn't really do an apprentice the way I should. I didn't have a clue of how to become a tattoo artist. So I went to one of those 2 week courses. The guy convinced me that he would show me all in two weeks. That was so stupid. So I had to ask for a loan to pay him. And when I realized it was crap it was too late. So I had to tattoo to get my money back. I started going to all the beauty salons I would find. After I had like 15 of them that could call me when ever for a butterfly or so I started doing like 2 or 3 really small tats a week. Im really sorry for all those persons. It costed me a lot of sleepless nights. After 2 years I was desperate to get into a studio and get my tattooing correct. And Fernando Pons [Master Tattoo] after getting tired of seeing my face asking for a job ar an apprentice, offered me a receptionist position because I couldn't do any good jet. But finally I got into a studio. There I saw 2 or 3 tattoo artists working daily and I got my ways better. But shortly, all the artists suddenly left all together with no notice. So Fernando gave me a chance until he got somebody new. And suddenly I had to do 7 or 8 tats a day, 6 days a week. The owner decidet to keep me as an artist. So the past 3 years It has been learning, learning and more learning. And I've been tattooing in Spain, Hollywood [LA], Shangai and now Im in Ireland. I'm a happy bastard!
What tattoo artist do you most admire: Many of them. But I would have to say that Nikko Hurtado has been my idol for some time now. Would love to meet he one day. And would love it even mor to get tattooed by him.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: Be opened minded.
How did you get into tattooing: I would never thougt of becoming an artist. I loved painting as a kid. Probably like half of the people in the world. But I was brain washed by society and I always wanted big goals. So at the age of 18 I managed to get a mortgage. It was that easy at the time, even If I had been a waiter for only 3 months, the bank gave me the loan because I promised I wanted to go to college [I swear, that crazy]. When I was nearly 21 I sold the house by twice the price. Thats how crazy the house market was in Spain at the time. And I paid my loan And was left with a huge profit. So I got my self a fab. Car and opened two small business, a real estate and a beauty saloon. At the age of 21 I was what society says it's to be successful [Now I know is a dumb ass]. After two years I was deep in debt and lost every thing.
Thats one of the best things that could happen to me. Because after I lost all, I feel free. The house, the cars, the business. had only been chains that madme fear for loosing them. So In my new beginning I decided to do watt I liked and not wath society told me it was wath I should do. So I went back to painting and sports and things I enjoyed. I had some tattoos so I would go into shops and look around, even If I couldent pay any more for one. And I went into a shop and I saw the wall full of paintings. That got me thinking. Thats a great way to leave from your art! So I just new then I wanted to tattoo.
What inspires you to be an artist: What most inspires me know is seeing other artists work. My mind always says "I want to be able to do that"
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: I love doing realism, and I love doing geometric patterns. So combining those two different styles is very inspiring for me.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: Many... I don't know how to choose. I would love to do one of Caravaggio's paintings. Just as it is.