If you are lovers of Neo Traditional you’re going to fall for the style of Albert Zafra, his marvellous, vividly coloured, three-dimensional tattoos, as well as his drawings (which you will find in his eBook “Artitude”). Let’s get to know him a little better through this interview…
Hi Albert, would you like to introduce yourself to our readers?
I’m a 33 year-old Spanish tattooist. I come from a small village in the mountains outside Barcelona. Before tattooing I used to be a carpenter, but since I was a kid I’ve always been into drawing, comic books or anything art related. At the moment, I work as a resident in two tattoo studios. The first one, Baires Tattoo, is in Granollers, next to my town. The second one is Ondo Tattoo in Barcelona. I joined the team over two years ago and it’s been amazing. Thanks to my work, I travel a lot and guest spot in many different countries. I’m so grateful to be able to discover the world and meet amazing people everywhere I go.
When did you start tattooing and how would you define your style?
I’ve been working as a professional tattooer for almost 7 years. When I started tattooing I loved lettering. But with the passing of time, the Neotraditional style found me. When a lot of friends saw my drawings, they told me I should start on this style. So I did 4 years ago. I feel comfortable and I want to improve every day with every drawing. I’m very tough on myself, especially recently.
It feels good when you change in the way you want and it’s very gratifying. I’m almost never content. I think that’s the way to improve.
Has it changed over time?
It changes every day, every month, every week. I try to all the time. You have to change your style to arrive at the point you want to get to. Unfortunately I don’t have the secret of it. I think you have to do hard work and more hard work. I work every day to do the best I can.
Is it important for you to also paint and draw, besides tattooing?
It’s very important to spend time drawing in every painting style. The more time you spend, the better your tattoos will look. If you can’t draw, you can do almost the same on skin. With time and practice, you can get amazing results on skin.
What are your favourite subjects and techniques?
I don’t have a favourite subject to tattoo, I like demons, girls, skulls, snakes, flowers…but in an aggressive and creepy way. Something dark. Regarding techniques, I’m very basic. I like solid tattoos and good harmony between colours.
Where did the idea of this eBook come from?
As always, I take references from book, illustrations. And why not, I share my work to give a little part of me. I hope I might be able to help someone. I think tattoos have to be shared.
What are your plans for the future?
I’m sure of one thing: I know nothing, I improve every day to get the nirvana of tattoo. I can see I have a long way to go and I can’t see the end of the road and that’s the beauty of it.