Spanish by origin and now in Manhattan, Victor del Fueyo is on the team at Bang Bang Tattoo, where he creates tattoos in Fine Line Black and Graphic style with a special fondness for projects rooted in science fiction, especially those related to the subgenre of Cyberpunk and dystopias. And the central point around which Victor’s entire creative world revolves is science and classical culture, whose queen remains the woman, the allegorical one of Art Nouveau and the one who symbolizes the idea of beauty in classical art, as he tells us in this interview.
Hello Victor, nice to meet you and welcome to Tattoo Life! On your website you describe yourself as a tattooer and concept artist. What do you mean with “concept artist” and how would you like to introduce yourself to our readers?
Hi Tattoo Life, my name is Victor del Fueyo and I’m a Spanish tattoo artist based in New York City. I consider myself a concept artist because the work I do is not limited to the traditional art of tattooing. I create my pieces by developing design ideas that have an abstract nature, such as fictional characters, dreamlike landscapes, and artifacts, to integrate them into a creative environment.
You are currently in NY, where do you work now?
I work at BANG BANG TATTOO, one of the most prestigious studios in the world located in the iconic neighborhood of SoHo in Manhattan, New York.
Why did you move from Spain, and why did you decide to stay in NY?
I was fortunate enough to enter the orbit of the studio through an acquaintance who used to work there. They proposed the possibility of working as a resident, and at that time, I was open to a change, so I accepted.
Let’s talk about your style, graphic, with custom designs and… how would you describe it?
It’s a style that I would define as Black Work and Graphic, based on the Fine Line technique, using geometric and fluid patterns.
There is often a female shape in your work, why and who does she represent?
I appreciate the representation of women as an ideal of beauty. It’s something that has been used in the art world throughout history, from classical sculptures to illustrations in the Art Nouveau era with its allegories, and I love it.
What are your favorite requests from your clients?
I love working on projects inspired by science and classical culture, but I have a special fondness for projects rooted in science fiction, especially those related to the subgenre of Cyberpunk and dystopias.
How do you develop the idea and concept of your clients?
I pay special attention to the ideas provided by my clients, combining them with my aesthetic and artistic resources.
If I have complete freedom to create, I let myself be guided by sensations and my aesthetic vision.
Do you like to draw and paint in general or use other supports to express your art?
Yes, I try to draw every day. I use pencil and fine line makers on cotton paper. I like digital formats too, using tools like iPad and software like Procreate. At some point, I would like to try to start working on sculpture, especially in metal.
What are your projects for the next months? Something like tattoo conventions, guests, or art projects in which you take part?
I have a lot of homework like finishing many art works, tattoo projects at the studio, and a couple of guest spots in USA and Asia.
To wind up this nice chat, how would you like to describe your personality in a few words and who is the perfect client for you?
I consider myself kind, dreamer and determined. And my perfect client would be someone who shows passion for their ideas, has an open mind, and appreciates my work, of course.