First of all, Yarson – congratulations on the new studio!
YS: Thank you so much, I’m very proud of my team and the studio.
Tell me, how does it feel having your own studio finally up and running?
YS: I worked hard to be where I am now. It was really hard decision for me to stay in Aberdeen instead going back home to Poland. But I don’t regret my decision what so ever, so as I said I’m just so proud of my team and the studio.
You have an amazing list of guest artists that have already been announced, what more can we expect from your studio in the future?
YS: Yes that’s right, our guests are amazing in what they do. I am very happy that boys agreed to visit us so far in the north haha. To ask what else is ahead of me, time will show, I have several plans but I will keep them for myself for now. I am currently enjoying spending time with my family and the studio but that does not mean I’m planning on slowing down! 🙂
Do you have any goals or challenges?
YS: Of course I do!
First of all, I would like to significantly improve my black work techniques and I would like to take a part in the International London tattoo convention.
I managed to get 3rd place in the best black and gray category 2 years ago, whiich for me undoubtedly a big success considering that I won it after 2 years of work in the profession.
What led you into choosing tattooing as a career?
YS: This is quite unusual situation. I worked as a truck driver in Scotland and unfortunately I had a pretty serious accident. My truck was put into cessation and the scrap yard. For this reason, I lost my job and had health problems. Because I could not work, I started to draw to pass the time. After some time, I got my first tattoo done. It fascinated me and in the next few months I drew very intensely, then with a bit of luck I started to work in Aberdeen at one of the local parlous.
I read somewhere that art has always been in your blood, what type of art did you enjoy doing before doing tattooing?
YS: Well, I’m not sure if I can say that but ever since I can remember, I’ve been drawing a lot and because of that I’ve been able to stay in my own zone 🙂
Have you always preferred a realistic style of tattooing?
YS: Yes! From the first time I touched machine I knew that this is what felt ‘right” and what I wanted to do.
Do you have any favourite pieces you have created?
YS: Yes. The first one is Frankenstein themed sleeve and Dracula back piece. I also really like Shaman and jungle themed chest piece which I made few months ago.
You have worked at many conventions and won many awards, do you have a favourite award and convention?
YS: Definetly. It is the 3d place best black and grey at the International London Tattoo Convention. But another one is the 2nd place best sleeve UI received at the Kracow Tattoo Convention 😀
One thing that I respect about you is that you’re never shy about posting healed work, do you believe artists should do this more?
YS: Definitely because it is very easy to put up a nice picture of a freshly done work on the internet and be like “this is how this looks now” but how will this work look in a few months? Also I do it because some artist said that my work is too heavy and dark. But for me the most important is how it looks when is healed.
If you could go back to when you first started out tattooing, is there any advice that you would give to yourself?
YS: Hehe, yes there is one piece of advice: Stop listening to others and do what and how you feel 🙂
In your opinion, what makes a ‘good’ tattoo?
YS: Composition, match to placement. But first of all, how tattoo looks when is healed and the contrast is really important too.
Finally, How would someone go about contacting you for a tattoo?
Thank you for your time Yarson!