Heartbeat Ink with Carlos Torres
Interview by Ino Mei.
Reblogged from: Heartbeatink.grAccomplished, modest and a maitre of the black and grey realistic tattoo, Carlos Torres gave HeartbeatInk an exclusive interview about his career and his relationship with the tattoo and the Fine Arts. When and how did you first start tattooing? I was nineteen years old. In the beginning I used to tattoo at home which was probably not good, but that's how I started. I think my first tattoo was done in 1996. I have an ugly picture of it too (laughs). Back then it was really hard to get an apprenticeship. I slowly learned, practiced more and more on people and then I worked in different shops. I got fired from the first shop I worked in, back in 1998. One day I went to this well-known shop with my portfolio and they were like “you wanna work here”? That shop was “So Call Tattoo” in San Pedro, LA and I stayed there for ten years. That's where I did most of my learning. The guys there, Tom Berg and Ethan Morgan, were geniuses!