Carlos Torres’ monotone masterpiece takes the all-new Indian Chief Darkhorse into the stylised world of ‘Black and Gray’ superb artwork tattoos. The third of three headline artists work to be revealed in CGI as a part of the ‘Indian Bike X No Regrets’ tattoo artwork collaboration.
May you inform us who you’re and somewhat bit about your self please?
Hello, my title is Carlos Torres. I’m a Tattooer and an oil painter and I’ve been tattooing for near 25 years. I’ve a store in Lengthy Seashore, California referred to as The Raven and the Wolves. We spent a very long time making an attempt to determine a phrase that may mix each of these issues after which I noticed this video on how out within the wild, ravens and wolves have this symbiotic relationship the place they hunt collectively.
It’s actually cool, the ravens have been identified to fly over and so they have a selected name to let the wolves know the place the prey is.
The wolves kill the prey and in flip the ravens get to eat with the wolves. They’ve been seen out in nature taking part in with one another and so they say the raven is so clever that it remembers the face of a selected wolf. We couldn’t discover one factor to mix them, however a very good buddy of ours mentioned “simply title it that, it appears like a whiskey bar” and that’s what we did.
How did you get into tattooing?
You already know, after I obtained into this store with these mentors man, they had been actually into artwork and so they actually centered on the artwork facet of tattooing, so I learnt rather a lot from them. Coming from doing stroll ins on the different outlets, these guys had been all about customized tattoos and that’s sort of the place I obtained my schooling and was in a position to put all my drawing abilities from again within the day, into this new outlook on tattooing.
What motivated you to pursue a artistic profession?
I didn’t actually get into portray till a number of years later after I began seeing oil work. I’ve all the time been into the outdated Renaissance work, however after I lastly began seeing guys like Shawn Barber who had been oil painters and tattooers that’s after I actually had this epiphany, like oh man, I wish to do this, I believe I might do it, in order that’s after I began chasing the oil portray.
It was all the time about surrounding myself with individuals who had the identical outlook and the identical sort of targets you already know, and I believe with that and my good buddy Alan Padilla, we had initially got down to do a gallery impressed tattoo studio and I believe as soon as we did that we simply began attracting individuals with the same curiosity. Years later after I opened my new store The Raven and the Wolves we went in with the identical mindset. We simply modified areas and once more it’s simply been attracting the identical sort of individuals. Folks desirous to be taught daily the best way to grow to be a greater artist.
What has been essentially the most fascinating/difficult a part of the No Regrets/ Indian Bike challenge?
It’s a design for a motorbike in order that’s somewhat bit tougher. Figuring out how finest to strategy it was one other consideration. Was I going to do one large design that was simply overlayed? Or ought to I deal with it virtually like a tattoo, doing sections like an arm and a leg… I suppose that was most likely essentially the most difficult factor, making an attempt to maintain all the pieces cohesive. I believe the enjoyable half was it’s just like a tattoo the place you’re designing it to maneuver across the physique however as an alternative of being on an individual it’s the bodywork of a motorbike. I discovered that quite a lot of enjoyable.
How has it been completely different designing throughout the Indian Chief in comparison with massive scale work on the physique? Are there any similarities you’ll be able to draw? Is it simpler/more durable?
The tough half was positively making an attempt to design one thing that’s going to maneuver round this bike with the cruel contour modifications and particularly making my design have this motion to it. I needed my design to maneuver with the design and form of the bike and in order that offered a reasonably large problem.
Are you able to discuss us by way of your design?
Designing this was fascinating. I did quite a lot of brainstorming, had approach too many concepts that I used to be making an attempt to slim down to at least one. I needed to do fairly a number of issues however in the end, I selected this raven as a result of 1) I felt like a raven has all the time been fairly particular to the Indian tradition itself, and a pair of) it flies and it strikes and that’s what I felt ought to go on a bike. So, after I narrowed that down I simply tried to determine the best way to design it and make it grow to be a part of the bike.
I’ve sort of created this little area of interest for myself with filigree, you already know.
Typically it’s cool and typically individuals are like ‘oh you do the swirly stuff’ and I believe ‘Oh man!’ So anyway, I needed so as to add somewhat of that into it and located a cool method to make the raven sort of hole after which that trails off onto the again mud flap.
One in all my very first purchasers and nonetheless a very good buddy of mine, rescued a raven and as we turned pals he was like ‘Hey come over, I wish to introduce you to him’, so I met this raven named Lucy and I used to be so blown away by how clever a fowl will be. Ever since then I’ve researched ravens and the way sensible they’re and they’re all the time looking for data and making an attempt to determine puzzles and issues like that, so for me I all the time thought concerning the intelligence of a raven when making an attempt to determine these challenges.
All of the earnings might be going to the Mastectomy Tattooing Alliance to assist fund mastectomy tattoos for breast most cancers survivors. Is that this trigger near your coronary heart? Has anybody you already know been affected by breast most cancers?
I can’t think about what that’s like. I haven’t had anyone near me or in my household should cope with that however I can’t even think about, so any little factor I can do as a human being to assist that trigger, I’m in and I’m honoured!
With the ability to use my artwork to contribute to the charity and breast most cancers, breast most cancers survivors and this group, the MTA, I’m thrilled you already know, it’s the very least I can do.
I’ve quite a lot of purchasers. We all the time say as tattoo artists we’re half time therapists, you already know. There’s a very good quantity of individuals that can are available in with scars they need coated up from one thing that occurred of their life. Any time you’ll be able to assist somebody out with that and their confidence, it feels good.
How do you’re feeling about having your distinctive design on the long-lasting Indian Chief bike?
I’m tremendous honoured man! The concept of my design on a motorbike is fairly cool, one thing I didn’t suppose would ever occur. I imply it makes me clearly honoured and proud that I will be a part of this trigger too.
Really, seeing the bike right here and the way it modifications and strikes, man I’m sitting right here considering ‘Aww I ought to have executed this’, or ‘I might do this! I might change my design somewhat bit right here’ and now, I’m much more excited to see my design on the bike.
Are you a biker your self? Is that this the sort of bike you’d journey?
I don’t personally have a motorbike. I’ve all the time been somewhat afraid of myself on a motorcycle as I wish to go quick, however I’ve lately been considering of a method to get myself on a motorcycle. I’ve a canine and she or he goes with me all over the place, so I wish to get on a motorcycle with a aspect automobile and I would like my canine to have the goggles and us simply to cruise down the road you already know! She’s superior man, I take her all over the place I am going and that’s what I wish to do!
What do you consider larger manufacturers inviting tattoo artists into the artistic design course of on merchandise? Have you ever executed something earlier than with one other model?
The concept of tattoo artists being requested to collaborate with large firms is fairly cool! I imply I’ve been tattooing for near 25 years now, so I used to be in that a part of tattooing the place it was nonetheless frowned upon. So how the recognition of tattooing and the way a lot it has been accepted now with these large manufacturers asking us to take part, it feels good and I’m proud to have our art work represented on iconic manufacturers. I’ve executed some stuff with completely different firms that I’ve labored with. I lately did a factor with Puma Golf which was fairly cool. I sit up for seeing extra tattooer’s artwork hopefully on large merchandise.
Your bike might be raffled off. Why ought to individuals purchase a ticket on your bike?
I believe it’s good to go purchase a raffle ticket for the trigger alone. However hey, for those who win a motorbike that’s very cool and for those who win a motorbike with my artwork on it that may very well be cooler nonetheless! No, I believe it’s cool man, I imply the trigger alone is nice!