The tattoo artist we current you on this article works at “Black Rose Tattoo” in Barcelona and excels in kinds reminiscent of Conventional American and Japanese. Let’s discover out extra…

Tattoo by Pablo Lillo, @pablolillotattoo
Tattoo by Pablo Lillo, @pablolillotattoo

Hello Pablo, are you able to inform us one thing about your self?
Since I used to be a baby I used to be all the time attracted by tattoos. I keep in mind that the primary contact I had with them was once I was about 14 years previous, I used to spend the summer season in just a little city in Spain and I keep in mind seeing a pal of my household along with his entire sleeve tattooed and freaking him out.

Tattoo by Pablo Lillo, @pablolillotattoo
Tattoo by Pablo Lillo, @pablolillotattoo

At the moment I used to be listening to steel and rock music from the 90’s, lots of the singers have been tattooed and I wished to be like them! (laughs) I keep in mind shopping for some magazines from these years and attempting to redraw all the pictures of vikings, tribals and new college designs.

Tattoo by Pablo Lillo, @pablolillotattoo
Tattoo by Pablo Lillo, @pablolillotattoo

When was the dream of changing into an expert tattoo artist born in your soul?
It wasn’t till I used to be 20 years previous once I obtained my first tattoo and I began to be extra within the tattoo world, though at the moment I used to be learning high-quality arts and I didn’t take into consideration changing into an expert tattoo artist at any time. At the moment I used to be very into the graffiti world and a number of the individuals round me in that circle have been additionally tattoo artists so… it was solely a matter of time earlier than the 2 hobbies got here collectively!

Over time I ended up leaving graffiti fully apart. I assume I did it as a result of tattooing glad me creatively.

It began to pay some payments and saved me away from issues with the police. The other of what occurred to me with portray on the street!

Tattoo by Pablo Lillo, @pablolillotattoo
Tattoo by Pablo Lillo, @pablolillotattoo

Have you ever had lecturers/mentors on this job you are feeling you may say thanks?
I used to be fortunate sufficient to start out tattooing in Madrid. I keep in mind that the primary particular person I noticed tattooing was Él Bara, from whom I used to be getting all the data I might by watching him work. I additionally did some tattoos in “Circus Tattoo”, the shop that Deno had in Alcorcón, which on the time additionally impressed me so much.

Tattoo by Pablo Lillo, @pablolillotattoo
Tattoo by Pablo Lillo, @pablolillotattoo

However those that influenced me probably the most to start with have been Over, who now works in Veneno Madrid, Jaime Negro who just lately opened his retailer in Motril and El Veso, from whom I acquired my first coil machine, which I nonetheless use at this time 10 years later and I nonetheless think about my finest machine.

Tattoo by Pablo Lillo, @pablolillotattoo
Tattoo by Pablo Lillo, @pablolillotattoo

Do you assume that in your works there may be an absolute respect for custom or extra contamination between completely different kinds?
I suppose there’s a contamination between completely different kinds, particularly Conventional American and Japanese. Though I’ve by no means been a really orthodox particular person I’ve all the time tried to stay to custom, though I’ve usually kicked tattoos for lack of expertise, mixing iconographies that didn’t work nicely collectively and selecting the unsuitable references for my drawings.

Based mostly on errors I’ve realized to decide on them and to outline extra what I think about a very good tattoo.

Tattoo by Pablo Lillo, @pablolillotattoo
Tattoo by Pablo Lillo, @pablolillotattoo

What’s the enter that creates your unimaginable feminine figures?
I did use and nonetheless use at this time references from early twentieth century illustrators like Alberto Vargas women, Gil Elvgren, Charles Dana Gibson’s portraits. I’ve additionally been very eager about different extra up to date pictures from comics and fantasy illustration with artists like Luis Royo, Frank Frazzetta and Boris Vallejo. I suppose that by taking a look at them and learning them I’ve ended up studying to attract and to create my very own identification once I draw women.

Tattoo by Pablo Lillo, @pablolillotattoo
Tattoo by Pablo Lillo, @pablolillotattoo

How do you are feeling working at “Black Rose Tattoo” in Barcelona?
I all the time really feel at residence, we’re just a little large household and we create there a very good temple of tattoo.

Tattoo by Pablo Lillo, @pablolillotattoo
Tattoo by Pablo Lillo, @pablolillotattoo

Are you able to describe the studio and who works there?
Within the workforce proper now’s Coque Sin Amo, Hugo Tatuajes, Ordi and Eme Romero. All of us do Conventional and Japanese, so we continuously and creatively feed one another within the studio.
The studio is situated in Gracia, some of the emblematic neighborhoods of Barcelona and its partitions are a very good museum of flashes, originals and work. So in the event you occur to be on the town don’t miss the chance to go to “Black Rose Tattoo”!

Observe Pablo Lillo on Instagram: @pablolillotattoo