Artists: Eva Schatz
What year did you start tattooing?
I started tattooing in the beginning of 2007.
How did you get into tattooing?
While working as a graphic designer in 2005 I decided that I wanted to do more of what makes me happy, so I quit my job. I was always into drawing and painting, so I started to draw some flash sets. I bought a starter set—oh, yes I did, oh my God—and tried to tattoo myself. I took photos of them to make a portfolio and showed it to Leo, and I think he liked it, so a few weeks later I started my apprenticeship.
Where did you apprentice?
I learned tattooing from the talented Leo from Naked Trust Tattoo in Salzburg, Austria. I worked there for five years.
Do you have any special training?
No, I don’t think I had special training. I was always a creative girl. As a kid I wanted to be a fashion designer. I attended the fashion school in Salzburg, but Salzburg is not a hotspot in Europe, so my fashion designer dream didn’t come true.
What conventions have you worked?
I’ve worked at so many conventions! I’ve worked in many European conventions, like Berlin, Milan, Frankfurt, Brussels, Krakow, the ink explosion in Germany, Styrian tattoo and Hotrod Show in Austria, and many, many more.
Have you won any awards?
I won best newcomer of the year in 2009, in Germany and Switzerland—that pushed my career a lot. I don’t normally attend the contests at conventions. I don’t think that you can really judge “Best of the Day,” because I think all styles are different and you can’t measure it.
What are some of your best convention memories?
The Styrian Tattoo and Hotrod Show was really crazy because a whole village in Austria is involved in this show—it’s so unreal! After this show, we had some really rad days with a bunch of great artists at the spa, and we had a drawing seminar with Jack Mosher.
How do you describe your style?
I don’t know if I can call it a “style” yet, but I really love to tattoo bright, colorful designs. I love lady heads, animals, and flowers mixed with graphic elements and dot work.
What inspires you as an artist?
Everything. Sometimes I will see an advertisement for a new eye shadow and I think, Oh, this is a beautiful girl—I want to draw her in my style.
What sets you apart from other artists?
Maybe it’s the way I draw the faces of my lady heads and use my color palette. It’s a really difficult question for an artist because I always want to stay unique.
What other mediums do you work in?
I love to paint with watercolors and oils. When I have time I print t-shirts in my own silk screen room.
How have you branched out from tattooing?
A few times a year, I do screen prints with my designs for special limited edition t-shirts.
What tattoo artists do you admire most?
I admire all tattoo artists. I look on the Internet and something inspires me, and in this moment I admire this artist. So I don’t want to pick someone out.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing?
I’ve realized that my style is changing a lot, and so I am looking forward to tattooing some new projects, which you have never seen from me before.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?
I advise him or her to really think about their idea. I don’t think that you need a special meaning for your tattoo—when you love your idea and you’re really sure that you want to have it, then you should get tattooed. Not a single tattoo I have has a special meaning, and I love them all. The only thing you should think about is if you are doing it for yourself.
Is there a tattoo that you haven’t done yet that you are dying to do?
I have a book filled with designs that I have drawn that I would love to tattoo.