Artists: Ed Perdomo
FRESHLY INKED: What year did you start tattooing?
ED PERDOMO: I started tattooing around 1992 or 1993.
How did you get into tattooing?
I was into trash metal music and many of my favorite musicians had tattoos. I wanted one so bad but no one made ’em so I figured that a toy’s motor and a mechanical pencil could push the ink, so I made my first tattoos on myself with that home machine. Friends and their friends started knocking my door asking me to tattoo ’em, so everything started pretty much by accident.
Where did you apprentice?
On myself and my very unfortunate friends. I am completely self-taught.
What conventions have you worked at?
I used to be an “on the road artist,” so I have been in many conventions. Just to mention a few international conventions—Sa?o Paolo, Beijing, Barcelona, Krakow, Stockholm, Go?teborg, Brussels, and many other small conventions, which I prefer. Small conventions in Brazil give me lots of nice memories—nice, friendly people. It was certainly lots of fun. Nowadays I prefer to spend more time at the studio than traveling so I’m doing less conventions.
How do you describe your style?
Optimistic, vivid, and free. I prefer to just call it cartoon.
What inspires you as an artist?
Movies and music definitely give me lots of ideas and set me in the right mood.
What sets you apart from other artists?
I like to believe that what I do looks different from what other people are doing, and I think that my personality is reflected in my work, making my work unique. I hope to be right.
What other mediums do you work in?
Besides sketching a lot, I do illustration with colored pencils and recently started to paint acrylics on canvas.
How have you branched out from tattooing?
I haven’t. I’m very into tattooing.
What tattoo artists do you admire most?
I really admire Mauricio Teodoro, Marcio Duarte, Mauro Nunes, Pablo Barada, and Cory Kruger.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing?
That may be every day’s tattoos. I love tattooing, so I’m always excited.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?
I always have a long chat with the collectors before starting a new project. Then I give advice on placement, flow, and harmony. If there is not a good connection or if I feel that what I do is not what that person really wants, then I’d rather not do the tattoo.
Is there a tattoo that you haven’t done yet that you are dying to do?
I am very fortunate, ’cuz I get to do what I like to do and most of my collectors give me a great deal of artistic freedom. Can’t ask for more.