Realistic tattooing is what I do most of the time. If You flick through this website, You will find out that almost every category of my work fits into realistic tattooing. Realism is more style than subject matter. It is the way I paint and tattoo. Striving to portray things, way I can perceive them. Literally.
Realism tattooing has a huge tradition. It started with simple drawings of faces on the skin. The difference between those "ugly faces" of past and modern skin art is the quality of tools and knowledge of artists. Today there are no boundaries for modern realism tattooing. What can be drawn, can be also tattooed.
I never thought about realism, as being a slave to references. Adding elements from "another dimension" or mixing them together in a weird way to create a new image, all of that I believe is part of realism too. Because of that, it might be hard to draw the line between illustrative style, surrealism and pure realism in my works.
There is plenty of subject matter strictly connected with tattooing. Watches is along with many other very important and is always coming back. Today I see artists struggling with working with the same subject over and over again. Although it is a demanding task to stay fresh, it is important to notice that some of the subject matter in tattooing is so strong, that will always stay as an important element.
Watches tattooing lay in what I believe to be hard area for many realist tattooers - technical, architectural, almost mathematical objects. Naturally, most realists have a slight tendency to lean towards organic objects. That creates week points in all areas of technical objects. And the world contains both of them! One contrasts with another and can be a perfect complement.
Since I started tattooing, I was drawn to "size quality" in tattooing. I admired the most (and I still do) big, full body pieces with fantastic flow and composition. But my road of education went through the heavy influence of artists working with high detail. With time, as my skills progressed I became seen as a perfect choice for detailed hyper-realistic tattooing. So today I see myself as an artist that loves and understands work with bigger pieces, but at the same time keeps areas of extreme detail.