No one in the Vietnamese tattoo village does not know about Mr. Nguyen Duc Tuan - one of the first to bring modern mechanical tools to the application, replacing the traditional tattoo method in the style of "skinning spray ink".
Nguyen Duc Tuan (stage name Tuan Vampire) is a tattoo artist, living in Hanoi. Currently, he is the leader of the Tats Studio tattoo team consisting of 13 members, including famous Vietnamese artists in the country and 3 foreign tattoo artists from France and Russia.
Started tattooing for customers since 2007, so far he has had 9 years in the profession, becoming a veteran name. Recently, Mr. Tuan accepted to be a professional consultant, in the Organizing Committee of the International Tattoo Art Congress in Hanoi on June 23-24, 2016.
When sharing with PV Dan Tri, Mr. Tuan is not afraid to share about the "hidden corners" of the profession. "This is the first time I've been so open-minded because I really want to be able to tatkuink clothing make people understand my profession and the hardships and pressures of an artist working in a field that many people in society are currently facing. I don't understand, I don't see it right," said Tuan frankly.
Stories only in tattoo industry
9 years in the profession, Mr. Nguyen Duc Tuan has met countless "unique" customers, because people who do not have a strong personality, few choose to get a tattoo!
He revealed that: "The sensitive, sexy areas seem to be very popular with today's tattoo customers, even older customers. I don't see any difference in tattooing in the private area except other skin areas except for other skin areas. The cleaning process is quite time-consuming and the skin is also more sensitive, so the tattoo artist must be a skilled person."
Mr. Tuan said that he was once asked by a young artist to tattoo her on... the back private area. He was quite shocked because this is a position that is both sensitive and not... clean. Therefore, he had to spend time "psychological battle" with the customer to let her drop this idea.
Initially, the client insisted on keeping his intentions and promised to pay him a high price to get it. However, Mr. Tuan analyzed that this tattoo area is very dangerous and prone to infection because it does not guarantee hygienic conditions. In the end, the new female guest let go of her original intention.
What's even more "shocking" that Mr. Tuan revealed is that there are quite a few customers who have expressed their intention to tattoo in this sensitive position, most of which are customers of the third gender.
Besides, Mr. Tuan also met many cases where customers left him with good memories while doing this job. In it, there was a guest he never forgot, he called it "literally crazy".
He said: "He was taken by his mother to have his name and family phone number tattooed because he often ran away from home, tattooed his body so that someone could see it and help call his family to notify him.
While tattooing only 70% of the focus on the image, the rest notice him, in case he goes crazy to attack me. And he really attacked me. It takes a few people to keep it.
The story behind this tattoo is both funny and pitiful, but behind it is a mother's love that makes me move. That makes it impossible for me to forget those two guests, two guests that I volunteered for free."
Social perception of tattooing is changing
"Currently, I tattoo with machines costing tens of millions of dollars imported from abroad, I have to learn about the closed cleaning cycle, about knowledge about skin types, the origin of each needle, ink bottle to protect the skin. Guaranteed for customers, working with warranty because customers today have very high requirements, not in the era of "skinning and spraying ink" anymore", Mr. Tuan said.
And with that, the tattoo artist's studio image is now completely different from the old imagination of many people about a "cramped in the slums" tattoo room.
"For painting, music, literature... the artist is usually a loner during the Skull hoodies process of composing. They have to focus on their work and pursue their own ideas without being disturbed. by external factors.
Tattoos are not like that. When tattooing, I interact a lot with customers. We and the client discuss, come up with ideas, it can be said that together we create a work of art on human skin. And each guest has a different personality and story, so the tattoo artist's world is always in motion, constantly innovating," he said.
Today's tattoo studio is spacious and spacious with many machines and equipment, not the slum rooms as many people imagine.
Today's tattoo studio is spacious and spacious with many machines and equipment, not the "slum" rooms as imagined by many people.
In recent years, Mr. Tuan has noticed a change in the community's perception of tattooing. "You guys are from the late 8x to 9x to the place where you tattoo very comfortably, no longer afraid to choose a discreet tattoo like in the past. Now you like to tattoo where it's as easy to show off as possible, and also not rare