Interview with this sharp tattoo artist working in Malaga. His only secret: “Heart, never copy and know how to handle the techniques of tattoo art”.

Hi Javi! In this world there are tattoo artists who take the path of Black’n’Gray and others who follow the path of colour. Why did you choose the latter?
Well, I’ve always been attracted to comics. So I’m passionate about colour, but where I live and work, people are dark-skinned and I do a lot of Realism in Black’n’Gray.

Javi Metetintas, Alta Escuela Tattoo, Malaga, Spain
Javi Metetintas, Alta Escuela Tattoo, Malaga, Spain

Do you think your tattooing style is the perfect cross between Traditional, New School and Realistic work?
Listen, I started tattooing alone in the late 90s. I learned without a teacher and I had nothing…I wanted to do a good line, a good fill and a good shadow: that’s it. I didn’t think about the style: f*ck the style! (smiles) I wanted to tattoo, yeah, but if something excites me that it’s the New School. Copying bores me.

I think that a good tattoo artist can work in various styles. You just have to master the three techniques.

Javi Metetintas, Alta Escuela Tattoo, Malaga, Spain
Javi Metetintas, Alta Escuela Tattoo, Malaga, Spain

In your biography (published on “Alta Escuela Tattoo” official website) you tell of many incredible experiences that have happened to you in these ten years and counting in the tattoo business. Can you tell us about the most amazing one of all (if there is one)?
The good times were those of the old days, when people fainted, jumped, fell to the ground. Now it’s virtual and synthetic. (sighs)

Javi Metetintas, Alta Escuela Tattoo, Malaga, Spain
Javi Metetintas, Alta Escuela Tattoo, Malaga, Spain

What does it mean for you to work at “Alta Escuela Tattoo” in Malaga?
“Alta Escuela Tattoo” is my home: a little family in a good city. Here we can enjoy tattoos, motorcycles and good weather.

Javi Metetintas, Alta Escuela Tattoo, Malaga, Spain
Javi Metetintas, Alta Escuela Tattoo, Malaga, Spain

Javi, do you want add something to wind up this interview?
Well, I’m a tattooist with a heart and a freehand attitude. I don’t follow guidelines or techniques: it bores me to do the same thing every day. I listen a lot to my clients and it works 100%! Last but not least, I love tattoo magazines like yours. I have a collection and many fights with my wife, but I love her. Thank you very much and see you soon! (laughs)

Follow Javi on Instagram: @metetintas@alta_escuela_tattoo