Artists: Tomás Noguera
What year did you start tattooing: 2006
Do you have any special training: Both of my parents and my grandmother are artists and I've been drawing my whole life. I would watch my grandmother paint every chance I got when I was a child and I would try to imitate her with my coloring books.
Tell us about the style of your work: My style can vary, like I said, I've been drawing for thirty years, so I don't think there is a style I can't tackle.
Conventions usually worked: I haven't done any conventions. To be honest, the idea of tattooing with that big of a crowd around me makes me anxious!
Where did you apprentice?: I'm pretty much self taught. I had an apprenticeship one time though. I paid the people $5000 and cleaned their bathrooms for about a year before I realized neither of them were tattoo artists and had nothing to teach me. I won't drag their names through the mud, but they know who they are.
What tattoo artist do you most admire: Dmitriy Samohin %100. He amazes me!
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: I just remind them that it is permanent, that it's easier to be patient and make a good decision than to sort out a cover up later on, and to always look at artist's portfolios!
How did you get into tattooing: The insistence of friends who liked my drawings! I always wanted to be a comic book artist, but my friends kept insisting I get into tattooing. In 2006 my ex wife bought me a tattoo machine and I feel in love with the medium. The rest is history. Now there is nothing I'd rather be doing.
What inspires you to be an artist: Life and beauty. I know, cliché right? There's a feeling I get when I'm making art, when I realize it's coming out of ME and I'm making something beautiful, it's like falling in love. I feel alive and the beauty of that moment in time is incomparable.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: When I'm given free reign as an artist and I get to design and draw it out of my head.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: I'd like to do a lot more portraits. I haven't really done enough of those yet.