Artists: Frederico Rabelo
What year did you start tattooing: 2012
Do you have any special training: I graduated in Fine Arts in Brasil with an exchange program in Lisbon, Portugal. During my teenage years I did a lot of Graffiti and Pixo. Later I was seriously involved in contemporary painting, that I still study hard to this day.
Tell us about the style of your work: I don't really believe in the word "style"because when you use that word, you are going down the path of crystalizing things. When you achieve a "style", the journey is over. For me, what exists are artistic intentions. The more an artist knows himself, and gets to unveil himself internally and translate that into images, with mastery, through his work, that's when his "style" shows.
Conventions usually worked: As of now I haven't worked in any conventions, but I want to attend The London Tattoo Convention and Le Mondial du Tatouage in Paris and Good Moments, in São Paulo.
Where did you apprentice?: I learned by myself.
What tattoo artist do you most admire: Maxime Buchi, Alexander Grim, Damien J Thorn, Roxx, Jun Matsui, Filip Leu and others.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: For me, the most important thing for someone who wants to get a tattoo is choosing the artist carefully. He or she can have an idea, but they have to trust the artists execution for the project. That's the only way the artist can apply his whole repertoire and experience on it to get the best result.
How did you get into tattooing: Since I was a teenager, I was completely involved with graffiti and lettering. By the end of this period, I started to see tattooing as a platform to develop my typographic work. So, my first interest in tattoo begins there: Letters. I also had a friend in university that was already tattooing. He introduced me to some basic materials and equipment, and that was it.
What inspires you to be an artist: The possibility that we have as humans to make things and be great. To add culture to our generation and forever on...
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: Full body suits.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: Since late 2015, I started working a little bit differently from the norm. I've been conceiving a list of projects that I believe are the best tattoos I can possibly execute, and I offer these projects to all of my prospects. This is the best way I found to invest my time, and the time of the people who believe in this idea. In order to achieve our full potencial and produce culture for our generation. The list of projects consists in all the tattoos that I'm dying to do.