Tattoo Industry Magazine Issue 16 MadZilla

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artist

LETICIA BOMTEMPO What was it that initially sparked your interest in tattooing? I have tattooed all my dolls since I can remember. Later I would draw temporary tattoos on my classmates in elementary school. Tattooing has always been a fascination to me. As a kid, I was drawn to tattoo shops because I could see the true art behind it, and I longed to have a lifestyle where I could feel free to be my authentic self What advice would you give to someone about getting their first tattoo? Research a design with a good and experienced artist. Don’t go straight to social media for inspiration What did your family and friends think about you getting into the tattoo business? It was definitely not my family’s first career choice. My family worried about me being able to make a living. Nowadays, I believe they feel better about this matter since time has proven it was a more lucrative choice than most traditional jobs What would you say is your favorite part of the job? Every day I have the privilege of being part of the beauty and commitment it takes to make a piece of art, in someone’s skin. I like to hear my clients’ stories about their tattoo inspiration and then spend the day listening to music while getting to know people on a very personal level. There is no other profession quite like it. Being an artist has given me the tools to thrive in different situations in my life, freedom to travel, be myself as an individual, and have a very fulfilling life with diverse experiences. It has made possible for me to live and work anywhere. It has also given me some aches and pains! Who and what influences you to create your work? People who have been dedicating their lives to art and artists from different places and generations. Artists like 1London Reese, 2Fabricio Galdino, my former boss- 3Dee Peacock, my first mentor- 4Kemerson Zanuth, the many friends I have met. Art is always catching my eye, and I’m constantly finding new great work out there. My work is inspired by nature, moments in time, and the human figure. I like morbid or dark themes, abstract surrealism, pop art, and fine art Are there any tattoos you would refuse to do? Yes. I use my best judgment to ensure I’m doing high-quality work that someone will look at and feel proud to have. I also want it to heal and look well. That being said, I’m not going to be enthusiastic about tattooing a butthole Have you ever had a bad tattooing experience and what was it? I cannot complain about my tattoo stories. I had a few unusual episodes, but I am not the kind to let people get too weird when I’m working on them What is the most important advice you can give someone new to the art of tattooing? The old schoolers have a saying, “Shut up and draw.” Get a job in the best tattoo shop you can, listen and learn from people about what it means to be a tattooer. Respect other artists. Respect your clients skin. Invest in your art and craft. Be humble, honest, and wise. Work hard and enjoy life! ✕

9 Years

Tattooing 54

THE TATTOO INDUSTRY

Queen Tattoo Co. OWNER

Jacksonville, FL Location

Realism Specialty

info

@queentattooco.com

@bomtempoart Instagram / TikTok

1. Reese: @londonreese; 2. Galdino: @abriciogaldino89; 3. Peacock: @deepeacock; 4. Zanuth: @kahunatattoo


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