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Carlos Torres


Carlos has been tattooing for about 15 years. I remember the day he brought home his first machine and how excited he was. Mostly self taught, he worked at a couple of tattoo shops before he got his big break at So. Cal Tattoo in San Pedro CA. It was there he learned the most and started to perfect his tattoo portfolio. Specializing in Black & Gray realism, he loves doing all tattoos, color, portraits, etc.

He began painting about 7 years ago and has a deep passion for it, sometimes he doesn’t even want to hang out cause he wants to go home and paint. He has painted the poster/banner for the Ink-n-Iron Tattoo Festival in Long Beach CA for the past 4 years, and just painted the poster for the Denmark, Copenhagen Tattoo Convention.

Carlos works and owns Timeline Gallery in San Pedro CA. It is there where he is afforded the time to travel and do conventions worldwide. Carlos is a worldwide multi-award winner ranging from small black & gray to large black & gray to best backpiece etc,. He has been in numerous publications worldwide and is a really funny guy when you get to know him. He loves his family and we are VERY proud of his accomplishments.

(Text Ref: carlostorresart.com)

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Carlos Rojas


Carlos Rojas used to draw a lot as a kid and really got into it in high school, taking basic drawing classes. He used to draw and recreate the stuff that was in the low rider art magazines.

Carlos is no doubt very skilled in both b&g and color realistic tattooing. The way he explains it is simply that it all depends on the piece. Some things just looks better in color, and others in black and grey.

He personally says he is more comfortable with black and grey, just because when he learned how to tattoo that was primarily the type of artist he wanted to become. But then again, if he feel he can pull it off in color, he’ll shoot for that because he like a challenge.

Andrea Afferni


Andrea Afferni Italian tattoo artist is specialized in Realistic Tattoos, Portraits, Famous People, Animals and a new style invented and called “Magnetic”, which is an optical effect created by light and shadow as a picture frame all around a realistic drawing.

He love details of any work he choose.

Afferni is also a great painter with traditional oil on linen, he love portraits too when painting, a sort of figurative style joining the future. Afferni came from the new generations and will be a master!



5-question interview with tattoo artist Kobay from Turkey

Describe how your role models and any other sources of inspiration have affected your realistic tattoo style?

I guess this is about my character, I’m a perfectionist and a little detalist in my life. When i combine this with my job the results are my work.

Describe how you go about creating a realistic tattoo from concept to finished design. And also describe how you try to put your own unique touch on your tattoos?

The most important thing in realistic tattoo is recommendations.The reference will show the quality of the tattoo. Because in realistic tattoo how good your reference is and also combined with your effort/work the results will be much better. I add my signature to the tattoo by adding all the visual art perspectives. Photography and Oil paintings technique are an example to this.

What do you think a client should expect from you as a tattoo artist and what do you on the other hand expect from a client to make a successful tattoo and a good collaboration

First of all to have successful tattoo, the customer should show respect to the artist and listen to his/her advices. For me the best way to work is that the customer should have an opinion, idea about the topic of tattoo and leave the rest to the artist this way the results will be much better.

<What criteria do you think that a tattoo convention shall have to be really successful, both for you as a tattoo artist, but also for the visitors? Can you give some examples of conventions which meet these criteria really well?

To make the artist comfortable in technical ways are nowadays all the same. The one thing that is still ignored, that on the tattoo shows you can just see tattoos of that culture and its totally prepared for their own culture and people. And also it has the image that the only people who are getting tattoos are people who listen to Rock music and with edgy attitudes.

I think the real purpose should be to get people attention who are very far from this territory. People who are in this tattoo business somehow already know a lot of things, to make this hype and attention bigger by the general audience convention commercials should be planned more strategical. Honestly I couldn’t attend many conventions but I’m following them on the social networks and I’m looking into every invitation I get.

Tv shows, Internet and especially social networks like Facebook and Twitter has become an extremely widely spread phenomenon recent years. What positive and negative impacts do you think it has for the future development of the tattoo industry

I’m definitely supporting the social network. I have never been anybodies apprentice, I learned this art by myself and I owe the social media and Internet my evolution. When i first started this job I didn’t have the chance to go overseas and meet different artists and thanks to social media I could see there are very talented artist out there and I was influenced by them. I owe the social media where I am today.

To give an example to the negatives sides would be that production companies are showing bad art by using their power.

Gunnar Valdimarsson is now an official TAP


Gunnar Valdimarsson hasn’t really been tattooing for that many years, but looking at his work I can’t believe how he could have develop so fast! He is one of those tattoo artists that seem to have ignored the possibility to specialize in either color or black and grey realism, and instead decided to be equally awesome in both!

Gunnar who originally comes from Island, actually started to study to an Audio Engineer in USA. Then after school he began to hang out at a local tattoo studio over there and he became very fascinated with the craft. After he finished school he moved back to Iceland to pursue a career in Audio Engineering, but as he got so very inspired by the tattooing craft and therefore he decided to quit the Audio engendering business, and instead devote his full time to Tattooing instead. In my opinion…that was a brilliant move !

Gunnar says that he likes to do a lot of different types of motif and styles, but also that portraits and realistic animal tattoos have been a favorite of his for a long time. I can definitely agree in that, because it shows! He has a magicians way of creating a sense of natural presence and 3D feeling in his motifs. It almost feels like I could reach out with my hand and poke inside the actual photo! These two photos on this page is a good example of that!
Today Gunnar lives and works in Oslo, Norway at the Attitude Tattoo Studio. The studio owner is no other than Electric Linda, who also is an amazing realistic tattoo artist. I can just imagine how much these two super talents can inspire and teach each other!

I’m extremely happy to have added Gunnar to the TAP. He is straight up an amazing artist and I’m certain he will produce a bunch of realistic masterpieces in the future.

So a very warm welcome to Tattoo Art Project Gunnar!

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