Artists: Rember Orellana
Rebel Muse Tattoo Studio
570 S. Edmonds Lane #101
Lewisville, TX 75067
What year did you start tattooing?
I started tattooing in August of 2007. Although I still consider myself new in the tattooing industry, I feel very fortunate to be where I am today.
How did you initially get into tattooing?
I’ve always loved to draw. I used to draw pictures in art class at school and my friends would suggest that I get into tattooing. One day I put together a homemade machine and tattooed five or six of my friends in my garage, my first tattoo being an eyeball with wings. In 2007 I met a friend who had already been tattooing for four or five years, Angel Ramirez. Angel was the first person to introduce me to real tattoo equipment. I still had to figure out on my own how to put a machine together, what kind of needles to use, what kind of ink to buy, etc. I had no apprenticeship. Although I knew I always had fun when I did a tattoo, I had no idea at that time that this would later be my career. After about a year and a half of tattoo- ing, I got a job at a shop in Dallas at Lucky’s Tattoo; that is where I met Robin Carpio. Robin had an excellent technique, and his talent stood higher above anyone I knew at that time. He was a great inspiration for me and had a very competitive attitude. I also credit him with influencing me to go to shows and enter my work in competitions.
You are originally from Guatemala. What is the tattoo scene like there?
The tattoo scene in Guatemala is very different from what it is in the United States. In Guatemala, they don’t have the advantages that we have here as far as being able to have such easy access to getting supplies, equipment, updated technology, and social media. In Guatemala these things are very limited and hard to come by.
What conventions have you done recently or are planning to do this year?
Every year I try to attend Paradise Tattoo Gathering, Ink-N-Iron, Hell City, United Ink NY, and Motor City, because I believe these are some of the best being held in the United States. I’m hoping next year to be able to travel more and attend some conventions worldwide.
How would you describe your tattoo style?
I would describe my style as surrealistic/gothic. It involves a lot of realism, but I incorporate different elements such as gothic architecture. I work very hard to try and keep my style original but evolving so that my viewers are always seeing new things. Although my style is getting more defined, I’ve been working on introducing more elements to make my work more elaborate. I enjoy using a very delicate face while incorporating a gothic/medieval style of art to give each piece I do a unique look.
What sets you apart from other artists?
One thing that continues to keep me growing as an artist is that every time I finish a tattoo, it doesn’t matter how many times I’ve gone back to add just one more detail to it, I’m never fully satisfied that I’ve created the perfect tattoo.
What brought you to work at Rebel Muse?
I really liked the artistic atmosphere at Rebel Muse. I always like to surround myself with other artists who are striving to improve, and that is what Rebel Muse offers. However, I am currently in the process of opening my own shop in the Dallas area.
What other mediums do you work with?
I enjoy working with chalk, oil, and pastels. Because my free time has become so limited, pastels tend to work best for me; they don’t require much setup time.
What tattoo artists do you admire most?
I admire different artists for their different artistic qualities. Some artists have an outstanding technique, like Dmitriy Samohin, Bob Tyrrell, and Nikko Hurtado, while other artists, like Victor Portugal, Carlos Torres, and Nick Baxter, have a very unique style. I also am very inspired from a lot of upcoming artists.