The Fluid Style of Victor Chil

A lot of movement, the power of color and a great technical accuracy on an illustrative base: Victor’s style reflects a lot of his personality and taste. Let’s discover more about this amazing spanish tattoo artist…

Hi Victor, thank you very much for this interview! Would you like to tell us something about your background?
Hi! My pleasure. I spend my childhood on a small town, there I started having my first contact with graffiti. When I grow up a bit I moved back to Barcelona where I started studying graphic design and getting tattooed as well.

Victor Chil, Family Art Tattoo, Barcelona, Spain
Victor Chil, Family Art Tattoo, Barcelona, Spain

How did you move from graffiti to tattooing?
Well, I started getting tattooed myself at Ronin Tattoo Studio and my curiosity about working on such a different kind of canvass and feeling it on my skin push me to try learn more about tattoo world with the help of my friend who was the tattoo artist there.

How would you define your style?
I define it as a fluid style with a lot of movement, with a very illustrative base and a lot of weight on the treatment of color. It also reflects a lot my own personality and taste.

Talking about technique: how has it been evolving in these years? Is there some tricks you’ve learned and you want to share?
With the years I’ve been simplifying a lot my style removing so much textures and effects to give the tattoo more durability and a more direct visual impact. My taste and way of working have been evolving to a more traditional and solid base. And the best advice or trick I could give is always to draw a lot, all the time, I believe that constant practice helps you get better and prevents your from getting stuck artistically.

Victor Chil, Family Art Tattoo, Barcelona, Spain
Victor Chil, Family Art Tattoo, Barcelona, Spain

How do the perfect tattoo looks for you?
I give a lot of value to the durability of a tattoo, how it looks once is healed and with the years. And for that a good line and solid look in general it’s essential for me.

And what about the subjects? Is there something you’re now particularly interested by?
I’m always interested on working about nature related issues, animals and machinery. But my costumers come with all kind of ideas that allow me to explore different subjects all the time.

What about Japanese style and culture?
It’s one of the styles I love the most. I’ve been in Japan last year and pretending to visit it again soon, its culture it’s extremely attractive and have so many elements that are incredibly good to work on tattooing. Also the japanesse style tattooing is super functional on the skin: the motives, forms, placements and historical background make this style really rich in my opinion.

I noticed that you are also working with black ink: is it something you are exploring recently?
Well I’m specialized in full color and gonna stay there for the moment, but sometimes I like to go out of my comfort zone and explore different ways of working and see where my limits are.

Where does your inspiration come from?
From everywhere. Other tattoo artists or any other media: graffiti, classic art, sculpture… I love pixar style and get a lot of ideas from cartoons. And also from real life I get a lot of inspiration from nature.

Do you also draw and paint? What do you do in your spare time?
Yes, I spend a lot of time drawing and painting out of work, lately I’ve been exploring photography world and digital art too. I also practice brasilian Jiu-jitsu and love to travel by pleasure when I have some free time.

Victor Chil, Family Art Tattoo, Barcelona, Spain
Victor Chil, Family Art Tattoo, Barcelona, Spain

Where are you working at the moment? Tell us more about your studio and your colleagues…
I’m currently working at Family Art tattoo studio in Barcelona. There’s a really good and creative ambient there and I appreciate that a lot. I’ve experiences the envy, ego troubles and bad moods that some times occur on studios and here I feel like we all help each other to get better. Furthermore the studio allows me to have a lot of freedom to travel whenever I need it and organize my work the way I want it.

Do you travel a lot and do conventions as well? Is it important for you?
Yes it’s really important for me because allows me to meet great tattoo artists and it’s works, I learn form them and from the culture and people of the countries I visit.

Traveling always opens my mind and inspires me to be more creative.

Is there something that I didn’t ask and you want to say before saying goodbye?
I really enjoyed the interview… Such good questions, and I appreciate a lot you counted on me for this. Thanks and goodbye!

Victor Chil
Victor Chil
Follow Victor on Instagram: @victor_chil