Artists: Dmitry Vision
What year did you start tattooing?
I started tattooing full-time in 2010.
How did you get into tattooing?
I started getting tattooed when I was in the Russian military. We didn’t have any professional tattooing equipment, so we mostly built our own machines from different electronics we had. I saw a lot of the guys I was with getting logos and military symbols tattooed, but I wanted something different. I chose a design out of a Russian tattoo book. It was a simple design, and the tattoo actually got infected! But it didn’t deter my interest in getting tattooed or in starting tattooing. I built my first machine and started practicing on myself. From there I became very interested in the art behind tattoos.
What was your first shop experience like?
The first shop I worked in was located in Connecticut. It was an amazing experience. To be around other artists for the first time was a little overwhelming, but I learned a lot from this shop.
Do you have any special training?
No, I have had no training or education concerning art. I didn’t even start drawing until 2009. Everything I have learned has just been from trial and error.
What conventions have you done recently or are planning to do this year?
I just did the Steel City Tattoo Convention in September. I also have the Philadelphia (Villain Arts) show planned, along with a few others. I’ve always wanted to work Hell City and do more European conventions as well—perhaps this year I will.
What drew you to work in hyperrealism?
I am interested in difficult challenges, and I find realism to be one of the most challenging. I have tried multiple styles, including biomech, new school, and others. However, I found realism to be the most satisfying. Especially working with skin—it demands an attention to detail that can be overlooked in other styles.
What inspires you as an artist?
I can be inspired by artists of every medium: tattoos, paintings, photography, music, etc. There’s a lot of beauty in the world. Different sights and sounds can inspire anybody. I particularly like flowers and women for artistic inspiration.
What sets you apart from other artists?
I feel like I have a certain vision for things that separates me. I try not to get caught in the same traps that I see a lot of great artists fall into. Usually you can see a lot of artists using the same color palette for every tattoo that they do, or they get stuck on the same reference material. I don’t care much for trying to compare my work with somebody else’s; I just try to do my best and push myself with every tattoo.
What other mediums do you work in?
I’ve worked with acrylic, oils, colored pencils, and graphite and charcoal. Now I find myself using Photoshop making digital paintings and sketches. Technology has always had my interest, and I find it amazing that we can use it together with art.
How have you branched out from tattooing?
I mostly focus on tattooing. I don’t spend much time with other mediums because I paint on the skin with ink. Tattooing is my medium.
What tattoo artists do you admire most?
In the states, Nikko Hurtado and Carlos Rojas. Outside of the states I enjoy the work of [Dmitriy] Samohin, [Denis] Sivak, and Den Yakovlev. There are a ton of talented artists in the industry, but these are just my most favorite.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing?
I love tattooing portraits of famous rappers, and I’d like to fully complete my collection. So far I’ve done Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar, and Eminem, each one more fun than the last.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?
Most importantly, the client needs to trust their artist. I love when a client is also a creative person and has an interesting idea for a tattoo. Other than that, try not to move while I’m tattooing you.
Is there a tattoo that you haven’t done yet that you are dying to do?
Any time I see something that I really want to tattoo, I can usually find a willing client to sit for it.
What has been one of your favorite pieces to tattoo?
I don’t have any favorite pieces. I enjoy every tattoo that I do. Even with simple tattoos, I try to find a difficult way to do it, for the challenge. If I had to pick any favorites, I love tattooing skulls and other things with interesting textures. Even though it seems like a generic or overdone object in this industry, you can add a lot of creativity to a piece and make it interesting.
Is there anyone you would like to tattoo?
Yes. I’d like to tattoo my dad one day. He wants to get a piece by me, and that will be a ton of fun. I can’t wait to torture him!