Artists: Eric Jason Dsouza
What year did you start tattooing: I started tattooing in the year 2007
Do you have any special training: Yes i do, i got my first apprenticeship at Body Canvas, Mumbai and later moved on to Kraayonz Tattoo Studios and worked there for 5 years. Apart from this i am a self-taught artist. Drawing at the back of books and newspapers became a habit.
Tell us about the style of your work: My style of work is Realism and Illustrative Realism. Since us Indians being wheatish in skin tone, we don't do color tattoos too often but if given a chance, i'd grab that opportunity before you blink your eye.
Conventions usually worked: I attended the India International Delhi Convention in 2011 and 2012. I was one of the organizers for a conevntion helf in Pune, India called Tattoo Republic India in 2012. And last but not the least I am the only Indian to win an International Award, it was at the 3rd International Nepal Tattoo convention held in April 2013
Where did you apprentice?: I apprenticed at Kraayonz Tattoo Studio, Mumbai and later managed one of their branches in the city of Pune.
What tattoo artist do you most admire: I have always admired the work of Filip Leu and Ed Hardy because of their strong techniques in drawing and painting. In the modern world, my favorites are Jeff Gogue, Victor Portugal and my dear friend and only new skool artist in India, Duncan Viegas who can draw anything and everything at any given moment.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: We make sure our customers have made up their mind 100% on what they wanna get tattooed. We have No Walk-ins policy at the shop which gives our customers a lot of time to think. Our consultation sessions are pretty strong, so even if you just walk in with no idea, we'll give you one and let you sleep on it :) We also guide them and share knowledge about the hygiene procedures and protocols to be followed before and after the tattoo which is why our customers love us.
How did you get into tattooing: Money was the sole cause why i wanted to tattoo in the first place but i had no clue that i'd go so deep into Art and work so hard to improve. I started off just like anyone, painting on fabric and make flash drawings to get noticed by the opposite gender in college :D I did see a guy with a tattoo back then in 2003 and trust me i come from a very religious family so tattoos were something i had no clue about. Rejections from tattoo studios and sometimes financial crunches have made me what I am today.
What inspires you to be an artist: Just the thought of knowing everything in the world inspires me. There's so much to learn especially when you are an artist. Everything has a meaning to it and I look at it from an art point of view. A customer walked in the other day and said she wants an Archeopteryx on her arm. See now that's what i'm talking about!
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: I'd love to do more customized tattoos. Illustrative realism is my thing where i take objects and give it a realistic feel to it rather than looking flat. India is still not ready for portraits and realistic work on a large-scale
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: Wow! There are many actually but if i had choose one, it'd be a scene from the movie 'My Fair Lady'. That movie took me on another level that knowledge is power and learning English is the most important thing in this world