Vid Blanco is a very talented realistic tattoo artist who at the age of 23, has already gained huge appreciation and praise from fellow artists and fans alike due to his hyper-realistic tattoos. Originally from Maribor, Slovenia – He now currently works out of Rock’n’Roll Southampton in England. Tattoo-Map are extremely grateful that Vid could give us this interview!
What made you become interested in tattoos? At which point did you decide that you wanted to become a tattooer?
VB: I never really decided that being a tattooist was some I wanted to be for a living. It started when I was trying to build a tattoo machine at the age of 19, so after I made the ‘prison tattoo machine’, I had to try it out and see if it worked. After I had tattooed myself, the uncle of my first girlfriend saw it and wanted me to tattoo him as well. So I started practicing on him, then my friends wanted a tattoo and before I knew people had started asking what my rates were.
Were you studying or working before you were set on becoming a tattooer?
VB: I was studying nursing in Maribor, Slovenia and at the time I had finished the first 3 years of nursing, I decided to take an extra 2 years for a better degree but I dropped out at the end of the first year.
Did you decide to drop out of nursing school to pursue a career in tattooing?
VB: Well, I would like to believe so…but I think I would’ve regardless of tattooing.
Have you always had an artistic background?
VB: I’d like to think so, but when I look back I figure not much at all. Everything I was drawing before I had started tattooing was really bad because there are no responsibilities and you have to please no one else but yourself.
What made you decide to leave home and move to the UK? Did you find it hard to adjust to life away from home?
VB: I left home because I had wanted to work with better artists. The company that I went to work for (Rock’n’Roll) was packed with heroes I had from the beginning of my career. So I thought that was the right thing to do. It wasn’t hard to adjust my life from the life I had at home, In fact that’s why I had left in the first place. To get the isolation I crave more and more as time passes.
What was the first tattoo that you ever did?
VB: The first tattoo I ever did was a line on my leg that later turned in to my date of birth, but the first actual tattoo I had did on someone else was a tribal cover up on the shoulder.
You are still very young and piece by piece improving, how do you see your style evolving as time goes on?
VB: I’m really not sure because I’m not very artistic myself. I’m trying to look at the technical aspect in my tattooing rather than the style and art side of things. I feel that everything ‘artistic’ has already been done and everyone is just copying everyone else, the same as we see in music. So I’m trying to focus more on the tehnique of tattooing and the composing of the tattoo so it can fit the body like clothing. So I think more of the same will continue but with better technique
What is the hardest part of being a tattoo artist?
VB: Creativity on demand is to me a incredible hard thing. Other then that I think it’s pretty fucking easy…The hard thing is to ignore other tattooists acting like its the hardest thing you can do for a living.
Whats the best advice you’ve ever been given?
VB: The best advice given to me was from my friend Krzysztof Baksymilian also known as Madbaks and it was about packing colours.
How do you prepare for a tattoo?
VB: The only ritual I have is when the stencil is on already, and the customer is sitting on the chair, I will be vaping and finishing my coffee looking at the stencil so I can make a plan in my head as to how I’m going to tattoo it.
What is the craziest thing someone has asked you to tattoo?
VB: I don’t know where to start…a striper asked me once for a cat with lasers beaming from its eyes riding a unicorn holding a sword or something like that. At first I thought she can’t be serious but she showed me a drawing that one artist had already prepared for her. It wasn’t a real consultation in the studio or anything so I didn’t have to comment or engage in the idea and conversation.
Who are your biggest inspirations? Is there anyone that you look up to in the tattoo world?
VB: I look up to my friends because i know how much they work. For example Seb Seadog and my apprentice Will Drew. Because we stay in the shop always for so long no one knows how birds look like haha
You garnered a massive amount of attention from *THAT* incredible skull piece, how did you feel?
VB: It made me feel happy.
What do you do outside of tattooing?
VB: I’m currently trying to learn piano as much as tattooing allows me. Other than that nothing.
What has been the hardest moment in your career thus far, and what has been your favourite?
VB: I don’t remember any hard moments other than the economic uncertainty that almost every ‘smart’ tattooist knows. The money is great until something happens. Then we’ll get to see what happens.
My favourite moments are seeing my friends on guest spots.
Do you have any goals or challenges?
VB: I would like to make enough money so I can save enough money to have time for other things for when I’m older. So I’ll need to get a bit better so I can charge enough money 😀
Do you have any plans in the coming months?
VB: Couple of guest spots and maybe a convention. This year will be less travelling.
How would someone go about trying to get a tattoo from yourself?
VB: Call or email any Rock’n’Roll shop directly. The managers will respond super fast.