George Lange is a young tattoo artist who comes from a city in Brazil, in the state of Mato Grosso. He is completely self-taught and his tattoos, mainly in Black and Grey, are inspired by his mentor and Mister Cartoon. Come get to know him a little better through this interview and take a look at some of his work.
How long have you been tattooing and where are you originally from?
I’ve been a tattoo artist for seven years. I’m from Dourados, in Mato Grosso do Sul, a small town in Brazil, that looks like any other inland city.
Did you have formal training? Art school? Or are you self taught?
I watched one workshop when I decided be a tattoo artist, but throughout my entire childhood I enjoyed art and drawing, I won drawing competitions in school, those were pretty awesome times. My bedroom was covered with drawings done by me in pencil and after I became a tattoo artist I watched more workshops. Once I turned 15/16 years old I started my first job as a cartoonist for the local newspaper in my city.
Who influenced your work? Your life?
In my work and life the greatest influences are definitely my wife Regiane and my mentor Tony Vilella. Regiane and me, we were watching Ink Master one time and she looked at me and told me I should do tattoos since I love to draw. Well that stayed with me as she kept encouraging me to do it. We met when I was 15 and she was 13.
I was working and doing all types of tattoos before I eventually found my own style.
Looking for better opportunities we moved to a city in Brazil called Porto Alegre. There I met my mentor Tony Vilella. He’s a great friend and I learned from him a lot of what I know. With all of Tony’s advice and guidance I started to try new ideas and develop my skills on friends by giving them free tattoos over a period of one year. He was so important for my development, gave me so many tips and techniques. I’m grateful for all the knowledge I gained from him and all the friends I made during this time.
What made you choose Black and Grey over colour?
I really like the way Black and Grey looks, and with some references like Mister Cartoon. I just prefer Black and Grey.
I love that you have so many clocks in your tattoos. Why is this?
Thank you so much, really. I do many clocks because I listen carefully to why my customers want to do tattoo, they talk about life, time, and I like how the clock combines well with most things.
What do you do in your spare time?
I don’t have much spare time (laughs), but normally my days off are Sundays and Wednesdays. That is when I do my own designs for my customers, play video games, watch series on Netflix, and movies, I go to the cinema once a week, and I’m always studying more techniques in order to develop my style.
If there were one person dead or alive you would love to tattoo, who would it be?
Maybe Eminem, (laughs)… I’m a fan!
I would like to become a point of reference for others tattoo artists and be recognized as a good tattoo artist. I’d also like to visit some countries like Italy, Japan, Spain, those are on my list. I’ve already had the chance to visit New York in the US, London, Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester in the UK, Lisbon and Cascais in Portugal. We (my wife and me) really love to travel, meet new cultures, people, languages and food. We love to eat (laughs).
Do you paint often?
Not as much as I would like. It’s a hobby and I enjoy it.