The artwork of artist Ivana

Where were you born and where are you from?
I am from Slovakia and I was also was born here.

How did you get introduced to the tattoo culture, when did you get started?
I’ve always liked any kind of art since I was kid. I drew a lot, I started doing graffiti later on as well. When I was around 13 years old, I used to cut out pictures from magazines and my brother would draw them on me with markers, so that I looked like the tattooed models from the advertisements.

Just after I finished my studies my friend offered me a job in her new shop. I had no idea how to tattoo, I first tried it on my friends and after the first one that I did I was hooked! 

I decided that tattooing was going to be my job pretty much that day. That’s all I wanted to do.
Tattooing really came to me. I never thought that I would ever be doing anything like that in my life. It was “love at first sight” and I love it more every day. I am very grateful!

Do you remember the first tattoo that you did?
Yes I do! It was a little ornamental thing on my friend’s leg. I was so nervous that it took me almost 2 hrs. to do. (Now it’s about a 10 min job).

We didn’t know how to take care of it properly and we went to the Jacuzzi to celebrate. The next morning her tattoo got infected and after few days she completely lost all of the ink. All that was left was this beautiful scar which looked like a branding. 

How would you describe your style of tattooing?
My style is “color”.  I like to mix realism and fantasy together. 

I like it when my tattoos look like artwork and not like stickers. It has to have a nice flow, be proportionate to the body and be different. I guess I want my tattoos to look different and individual. Just like my customers are! I look at the tattoo that I did yesterday and I would change it today. My style is constantly evolving, but there’s similarity in my work when it comes to colors, bit of fantasy. With every tattoo I do, I’m learning something new and the level I’m at right now is not definite and never will be.

I constantly try new things. At the moment I am doing more “street art” looking tattoos. I was a bit bored from doing realistic looking designs and I’m getting back to my “roots” now where I totally enjoy graffiti stuff.

I just wanna have more fun and freedom with my work! So at the moment I am at a point where I “play” and I love it.
I am kind of curious myself to see what's gonna be next.

What were you doing before you got into the tattoo business, and what made you change?
I never did anything else except tattooing. I started to tattoo just after I finished my studies.

What would you say is the best part about tattooing?
The best thing that I like about being a tattooist is my life style for sure. Tattooing has giving me the freedom I need. It takes me to many wonderful places, through my work I meet many interesting people and I constantly learn new things. I can go on and on, but above all Tattooing is like healing to my soul, I am so grateful!
It's not only my job, but it's my hobby too.

What advice would you give to someone looking to get their first tattoo?
Make sure this is really what would you like to have on your body. Try to imagine it; also when it comes to placement and size. Take your time when it comes to design and choose the artist carefully. 
Tattoos should have good composition, quality, placement and the whole artistic feel. It should look good in year’s time, not only for the first few months.

Do you see yourself doing anything other than tattooing?
Yes I do. I can imagine myself doing many other things apart from tattooing. But I am not sure if any of those things would satisfy me as much as tattooing.

I like photography too. I would like to do something little with street fashion. I would like to have some sort of Café or Restaurant one day as well.

I have many other options but tattooing is the only thing I know for a fact that I love and it makes me happy. It's something that completes me.

Do you have a favorite quote?
“Treat others the way you want to be treated”

What’s your biggest inspiration, what keeps you going?
In a few words: It's my passion for life! I just look around and I see the beauty in little things. It can be ordinary things that we don’t notice much. For example, I saw this guy on TV wearing such a nice shirt with some laces around his neck and I transferred this design into one of my favorite sleeves.

I like new things, new experiences, new people and new places. It’s all very exciting to me. There's constantly something going on in my life! Also; this is one of the reasons why I love to travel. It's very important to me in so many different levels!

What influences your artwork?
I am not sure what it is exactly, but my style is constantly changing after some time. I am influenced with my current way of living I would say. My influence is my inspiration.

What is one thing that life has taught you?
From experience I have learned that nothing in life is free. You have to work hard to achieve what you want!
You are the creator of your own life. 
Also, everything is exactly how it should be! No matter what it is, everything happens for a reason.

Where do you see the tattoo culture 10 years from now?
I totally believe that the tattoo culture is going to get even bigger, better and more popular by the time! 

I especially like seeing this “new generation” of artists who are pushing the boundaries, who are trying to create new unseen things. They are playing with new designs, tools and ideas. It’s amazing and in a way I feel like there’s no limit!

I feel very positive and happy about new things to come in the tattoo world! I also see the progress in attitude of some people towards tattoos. Society is becoming more open minded. People in general are starting to appreciate it much more, they are seeing it more and more like an art.

Anything else you would like to add?
At the moment I have my first book out called "Narcissistic Rockstar", which contains 120 colorful pages of my tattoo work. There are some illustrations, drawings, photos, a bit of text and much more! Anyone who's interested in grabbing a copy can contact me via email:

Also, for 2013 I am planning to attend tattoo conventions all over the place, but my main focus will be Europe. My nearest one will be Milan in February. 

Currently I am working on various prints of my artwork and have more projects going on for the future.

You can always check me out on Facebook.