For many years, tattoo artists have been selecting their very own names and growing their model via an inventive alter ego. You will not be acquainted with the names Norman Keith Collins, Katherine Von Drachenberg or Mark Machado, however you’ve actually heard of Sailor Jerry, Kat Von D and Mister Cartoon. For Eun, she selected the title Ink Traveler to satisfy her deepest wishes. She wished to journey the world and provides folks gorgeous micro realism tattoos—now she’s doing simply that. We caught up with Eun whereas she was guesting at Inked NYC to find out about her inspirations, how she fell in love with micro tattooing and far more.
How did you resolve in your moniker, Ink Traveler?
I wished to be a traveler who goes world wide with tattoos. I labored for a design firm for a very long time, however then I stop my job and went on a visit to offer a brand new stimulus to my life that appeared to be falling behind. After touring world wide for nearly a 12 months, I made a decision to strive discovering a brand new job. At first, I used to be a contract designer and I labored on designing cellular adverts, web sites, illustrations, stickers, and many others. I additionally labored as a barista and a portray teacher and I taught illustration portray for on-line courses. Nonetheless, whereas in search of a extra pleasant job, I discovered tattooing.
What are your favourite locations you’ve traveled to for visitor spots?
It’s undoubtedly New York. It was so good to fulfill so many individuals and there are various several types of folks in New York. I’ve traveled to many locations, however New York was the primary place I traveled to for work. I met so many nice associates, I really feel like I’ve made one other hometown.
Which artists impressed you to begin tattooing?
I’m impressed by Ziho, Eva Krbdk, Edit Paints, Q Tattoos and Coldgray. However there are such a lot of different artists that I like.
What have you ever discovered from the opposite artists you’ve tattooed with world wide?
I all the time be taught from the artists and friends I’ve met. Everybody tattoos in numerous methods, treats tattoos in numerous methods, has completely different pores and skin, completely different personalities and completely different attitudes about life.
What led you to micro tattoos? Did you ever contemplate doing large-scale items?
I’ve all the time favored making small work. I feel the dimensions of my art work has naturally decreased as a result of I solely stand up from my seat when an image is accomplished. I’ve turn out to be thinking about huge work and fortuitously, I’ve had a chance to work on it. I’m at the moment engaged on a dragon sleeve and I’m going to begin one other sleeve quickly.
What are the professionals and cons of micro tattooing?
The benefit of micro tattoos is that I can specific so many issues with them. The dangerous factor is that the extra particulars I add, the longer the tattoo takes. As a result of my tattoos are so small my eyesight and posture are getting worse. My posture has turn out to be like a turtle.How do you guarantee your tattoos will final? Tattoos stay on the pores and skin for the remainder of your life. Nonetheless, when the main points are too small, they’ll turn out to be unclear because the pores and skin ages. This half have to be defined to the shopper earlier than the tattoo is completed.
What are your favourite animals to tattoo and why?
It’s particularly enjoyable doing tattoos of cats and canines—they’re all the time cute. I am so pleased once I lastly put the white colour on their clear, pure eyes.
Who’re your favourite characters from motion pictures or tv reveals to tattoo and why?
I like tattooing folks with sturdy, symbolic traits. In motion pictures, I particularly like comedian guide characters like Iron Man, Marvel Girl, Thor, Captain America, Spider-Man, and many others. It’s because it’s clear that the tattoo is of that particular person.
What’s one thing you may tattoo each day and by no means get uninterested in?
Flowers and animals. I don’t get uninterested in the sweetness and cuteness of nature each time I see it. It’s all the time thrilling and enjoyable to see the method whereas I’m working.
Should you weren’t doing colour realism, what different tattoo types would you prefer to strive?
I feel I’d strive summary colour illustration. My favourite painters are Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, Paul Cézanne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet and Edgar Degas. When taking a look at artwork, a very powerful factor is colour. So I feel I’d strive these portray types with tattoos.
What’s your course of for doing a cover-up?
Crucial factor within the cover-up is knowing the path the shopper desires. Prospects who desire a cover-up are already unhappy, so expectations for these tattoos are larger. I attempt to match the topics they need and the dimensions they need as a lot as attainable to make sure that they do not get a cover-up once more. We brainstorm concepts for tattoos that may obscure the unique tattoo and the way they’ll flip it into one thing else. Then I discover a comparable reference and sketch the design. When designing, the main focus is on ensuring the cover-up isn’t too darkish. I all the time take note of the distinction and brightness of the tattoo.
What else ought to our readers learn about you?
I primarily work in colour realism, however I additionally work in black-and-grey. I additionally welcome not solely small work, however huge work. And I’m able to journey to any nation for tattooing. If Covid-19 will get higher, I’ll go to as many nations and individuals who need me.