Artists: Sandor Pongor
Pain Art Tattoo
József Attila u. 2-4.,Árkád üzletház
Hajdúszoboszló, Hungary 4200
What year did you start tattooing?
I started officially in 2006, but I had some weak attempts in my parents’ house before that. It’s better not to mention those attempts.
How did you get into tattooing?
Some of my friends tried tattooing with homemade machines, but they could not really prosper without artistic and technical skills. They asked me to tattoo them because they knew that I could draw quite well. Needless to say, those were not my best works. But at the moment, when I first held the tattoo machine in my hand, I was enchanted by the whole thing.
What was your first shop experience like?
I saw real artistic tattooing first around 2005 in a real tattoo shop. I thought, That’s a super thing that I have to live through and try myself. A tattoo shop has a spirit that is way better than tattooing around at home.
Do you have any special training?
Yes, I had! I studied painting and graphics in high school. Later I became more self-improved, and I am still like that to this day. I try to observe everyone, to learn those things I find useful or the things that I believe can help me in getting ahead.
What conventions have you done recently or are planning to do this year?
I haven’t been to a single convention this year yet; I didn’t feel like traveling. I will take part only in the Vienna Tattoo Convention in November.Iwanttogettoalotofthese events in the next year. I like these kinds of events very much; they are good for building many new relationships—and above all, you can really learn a lot there.
What is tattoo culture like in Hungary?
I’m not actually an old hand in this business. I can talk about only my own experiences. My guests can be said to be very courageous among the Hungarian guests. Many people in Eastern Hungary condemn these things and identify them with criminals and prisons. If we look at Budapest and the west side of Hungary, there’s a different situation. The people there are much more open-minded and they have higher demands in the arts, and therefore in tattoo as well.
How do you describe your style?
I cannot isolate. I do not want to get stuck in a certain thing. I have many impressions and they can change my sight in one single moment.
What inspires you as an artist?
If I like a picture I would like minutes or hours to stare at it. I’d like to prepare such works to make the same effect for other people. If there’s only one in the world who likes your work, then it was really worth it to create that.
What sets you apart from other artists?
Nothing at all; I burn the same fuel as the others.
What other mediums do you work in?
I like to work with markers very much, and then finish the picture digitally with Photoshop. I am now working on a clothing brand with one of my friends. We design T-shirts and other sweeties. So this is a potential place for advertising. Keep your eyes open—we’re coming!
How have you branched out from tattooing?
I drew and painted before tattooing. I still love these activities and this love has stayed with me over the years. Unfortunately, I don’t have enough time for these things.
What tattoo artists do you admire most?
I could tell you a lot of big names I admire. Highlight first of all Boris: I had, and it seems to be that I will have, an opportunity to work with him. The other name is Otte Tímár, I can thank him for a lot.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing?
My latest idea is a “Jack The Ripper” tattoo in a possibly larger size, so I’m waiting for the volunteers!
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?
You’d better think well about what you