A long trip from Argentina to Catalonia, a second life begun in Barcelona while Ezequiel’s artistic fire is still burning behind great pieces of art called tattoos.
Ezequiel, can you tell my readers about your move from Buenos Aires to Barcelona?
Hello to you and to all the readers! The move from Buenos Aires to Barcelona was a thing that we planned along with my wife for our future and our family’s future. Clients and people here are amazing, super friendly and open minded, and luckily they received my work with open arms. I couldn’t be more grateful to this city and Spain in general.
Why the “Samuraii” nickname?
Long story short: I used to be a kung fu apprentice, like twenty years ago, and a couple of friends started calling me like that. Eventually it stuck and it’s quite catchy too so I used it as an “artistic name” or something… (smiles)
When exactly did the fire of tattoo art begin to burn inside you and how did you discover your flair for Black and Grey Realistic tattoos?
Well, I started studying drawing and painting when I was six, then at fourteen I started taking comics classes, but not superhero like comics are, but more realistic and horror oriented. I dropped everything related to drawing and painting for several years. Then in the beginning of the 2000s I started getting tattoos, so eventually the idea of becoming a tattoo artist crossed in my mind.
After a couple years tattooing and doing almost every style, I started to realise the Black and Grey was the thing that I liked the most. Why? I don’t really know!
All my comics studies were done in black-and-white. I’ve always loved those old black-and-white horror movies too, So maybe it’s because of all that.
Did you have mentors along your artistic path? Or do you consider yourself a completely DIY tattoo artist?
In the drawing field I had my master, Horacio Lalia, who is a comics master from Argentina; In the tattoo field I had my mentor too, whose name is Quito, and he’s also from Argentina.
All the rest was all about trying things, making mistakes, and trying to do things better the next time, so that part is maybe a do-it-yourself thing.
Do you consider the full back tattoo pieces the highlights of your personal art inside a portfolio full of very good work?
I truly love doing full back pieces. I think when it comes to big projects, back pieces are the ones that I like most; I love working on a big scale and doing designs that have impact and are readable from a distance and with enough contrast and definition to last forever. This year in particular I am doing a couple of full leg sleeves too that are a completely different thing from black pieces because all the design and the composition must flow all around the leg. So it’s a bit more tricky. But so far I am really happy about how they are coming along!
Do you think history and the cult of the past add something more to your artistic vision?
Absolutely! I really love history and ancient cultures. Statues, monuments, temples and paintings that were done so well such a long time ago and with such basic tools like the Egyptians, Greek or Romans had, are things that never cease to amaze me, and they are present all the time In my tattoos and art.
Do you like to inject some scary elements into the creation of your multi-layered tattoos?
Well, it all depends on what the client is looking for. And when the themes are more classic, like sculptures, Oriental, religious, and all that, I don’t put scary things in the designs. But when the themes allow more freedom or when they are horror-like compositions, yes, I try to give them a sick twist that makes them even scarier!
Last question: what is the eighth wonder in Barcelona? Parc Guell, Lionel Messi or “Ezequiel Samuraii Tattoo”?
Hahaha, not sure, but I think Leo Messi’s doing a pretty good job, isn’t he? (laughs)