Artists: Guilherme Suarez
What year did you start tattooing: 2015
Do you have any special training: I try to draw everyday. Sometimes is not possible, but always have that in mind. A very important exercises that I have been doing more often is just look at images, trying to understand the shapes, color and textures. It's impressive the amount of things we can learn about an image just by looking at it.
Tell us about the style of your work: My main styles are Realism ( B&G and color), Lettering and Sketch (Blackwork), but I think every style as its beauty
Conventions usually worked: Oporto where I win my first award Lisbon and Malaga gave me great experiences too
Where did you apprentice?: Started in home, the hard way, trying and failing. Months later I went to Black Pearl Tattoo, where I currently work, for 3 or 4 months as apprentice. Then I moved to Tattoomania, a place where I learned a lot too
What tattoo artist do you most admire: I have a lot of people that I admire they work in the industry, it's impossible to name them all, people as Mr.Cohen, Paulo Alexandre, Bigodink, Dmitriy Samohin, O'Kharin, Levgen, Steve Butcher, Thomas Carli Jarlier, Matteo Pasqualin, Big Meas, Caio Cruz, Sam Taylor, Fredão Oliveira, Russel Van Schaike, Paul Booth, Robert Hernandez, I can do this all day...
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: Be certain on what you want to do, since this is forever. It's very important do listen to the tattoo artist, because we do this everyday and we know what's going to work or not, and let the man/woman do his/her job, you choose them for a reason. And don't come drunk :)
How did you get into tattooing: I have been drawing since I can remember me as a person. As I grew up I went to different forms of art where I could put my drawing, such as Graffiti, paintings, illustration, digital painting, academic drawing, calligraphy, and finally tattooing. The tattooing thing was where I felt I fit better
What inspires you to be an artist: Everything, Things that happen in my day, things I see or hear. People I talk to. But mostly every kind of art, such as visual, music, whatever. Situations or things that make me want to create something
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: Every kind that I feel it challenges me. I am always looking for something that I don't have in my portfolio. I am into mixing styles and trying to apply different and harder techniques
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: Not an especific one. My main goal is to find a way to mix my three main styles (realism, lettering and sketch) and look at that and feel that makes sense. That's my journey