Catching Up With Tattooer Owen Paulls

We final chatted to Owen Paulls (@owenpaulls) in 2017 (learn his first interview) when he was tattooing on the highway. We caught up with the black and gray tattoo artist, who now works out of his personal studio (Owen Paulls Tattoo) in Brighton, to search out out what he’s been as much as for the final six years...

How have you ever been since we chatted in 2017?

Nice thanks! Hope you may have all been good too. I’ve been touring throughout and seen some cool issues…and ink!

You’ve been tattooing for nearly 10 years, how does it really feel to look again on the place you began? 

I don’t actually know to be sincere! I’m definitely extra concerned with the trade than I imagined was doable once I began, and there’s a lot to be taught alongside the way in which. The sides are all the time shifting and evolving within the tattoo world, so I suppose I really feel humbled to consider surviving it for 10 years! 

The place do you hope to be in one other 10 years?

I hope to be in the identical artistic thoughts house and to be targeted on how I can maintain bettering. I actually hope I by no means lose the drive to enhance my paintings, in tattooing or portray! 

What tattoo tasks have you ever been engaged on? 

There’s been extra bigger scale work in my diary as of late. I believe the final time we spoke I used to be on the highway, so I used to be largely doing tattoos that needed to be accomplished in a single or two days max! Since then I’ve been in a position to play the function of a resident artist in a number of studios and tackle bigger items over a wider time scale.

It’s been actually difficult however a terrific push in studying methods to assemble legible sleeves, back and front items.

What’s actually been getting you excited?

Effectively firstly, the development of our industries creative facet over the previous, I believe three years or so? It’s wonderful to observe such speedy evolution of an historical factor. On a extra private be aware, I’m so excited and grateful for the belief in creating extra surrealism and Disney mashup tattoos. 

You talked about in our final catch up that you just have been going right into a extra surrealism model, has this been the case?

I all the time wished to perform a little extra realism that wasn’t so routed in actual life or only a copy from a photograph. I actually get pleasure from being requested for portraits too, don’t get me fallacious, however I really like sci-fi or including somewhat ingredient of caprice, circulation and path the place I can. I’m nonetheless creating this model and making an attempt to be taught from different artists, who do that combine rather well. In the intervening time I’m engaged on a number of Disney tasks which can see the characters collide with the actual world in a roundabout way. So tremendous excited for that! 

You additionally talked about you’ll ‘in all probability make the transfer to color work’, how has this gone? What modified?

Actually nothing actually modified, aside from the transient pause all of us took in 2020! I’m nonetheless enthusiastic about including some color components however I’d have to remain someplace long run to essentially polish this side of my work. Proper now with touring and reveals, black and gray is the higher alternative for me and permits me to showcase the desaturated Disney work that has helped me carve a bit extra of a tattoo identification over time. 

You have been on the highway, the place’s been your favorite place to journey and tattoo?

It’s arduous to choose only one place! I spent almost two years touring full time on the highway and noticed so many wonderful locations. I actually love Italy and Florence particularly. It’s so stunning and enjoyable there and in the identical breath, I really like Colorado for the mountains and nature. In all probability as a result of it’s a wilder, extra rugged model of the place I grew up! NYC and LA after all are beasts of their very own, and I do love the busy hustle of metropolis life. I’m tattooing in Germany later this yr so perhaps that might be added to the favourites checklist too! Who is aware of! 

Any experiences or tales that stand out? 

I bear in mind being in actually the coldest climate I’ve ever skilled in Ottawa, Canada a number of years in the past. I believed I preferred snow till then! There was a storm and snow stacked towards the buildings round 4 toes. Each pavement and highway was pure ice! I used to be there working a tattoo present and spent almost the entire thing inside a set of three interlocking buildings with sky bridges, to flee the chilly! You’d need to be robust to stay there I believe! 

Oh and nearly getting hit by lightning in Florida! I used to be strolling to the store within the rain when it struck the site visitors lights two metres in entrance of me, taking out the entire block. The loudest sound I’ve ever heard in my life, I’m very fortunate to not have been crispified! 

How’s the tattoo scene modified since we spoke in 2017? 

Change clever, other than the speedy creative enhance that 2020 appeared to encourage, I’m grateful to see the trade begin to turn into extra inclusive. I do know there’s nonetheless a strategy to go similar to each trade, however now we have began the journey and it’s good to see artists turning into extra comfy to precise themselves of their artwork and/or tattooing. 

What’s been your proudest second within the final six years?

One in all my proudest moments has been not too long ago, once I was requested to attend a number of tattoo reveals, based mostly on my work alone. I’ve been working arduous on my work for a number of years on my days off and it’s very validating to be recognised for this. I’ve additionally had the possibility to be a part of some actually progressive and extremely proficient groups, just like the Empire Inks crew and the FYT artist line up. Not making an attempt to push something once I say they’ve one of the best strategy to artist sponsorships and provides again at each alternative. I’m very grateful to be concerned with them! 

How did you discover the lockdowns, have been you in a position to be artistic?

I used to be nonetheless in Hollywood in the course of the lockdown, so we actually solely had one lengthy one over there. It was robust to be taken away from my profession plans, mid stride however I perceive this was the identical for therefore many creatives and I do admire the security side concerned there. 

I set myself up with a portray and designing schedule, working 10-7, like a daily tattoo day, 4 or 5 days every week. I’d simply completed a set of lessons at LAFFA (LA institute of high quality artwork) and was actually eager to get to observe extra. Clearly this was extra paint time than I had anticipated however I imagine it stored me sane and stored the wolf from the door invoice clever! I’m conscious I’ve been very fortunate although and know this wasn’t the case for everybody world wide. 

On a last be aware I wish to say thanks to everybody who helps my artwork and tattooing. I’m all the time seeking to increase my ability set and be taught what I can to enhance. I’m grateful to have carried out a meet up with you and hopefully we will do one other in a number of years! 

You’re greater than welcome! Be sure to learn Owen Paull’s first interview with us and observe him on Instagram for extra unbelievable tattoos.

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