“if you really want something you will find a way to achieve it"
We headed to Parlour No 95, North London to meet tattoo artist Milan Boros, After only 5 years in the industry this Realism Black and Grey artist is making a big impression on the circuit.
So tell us who is Milan? How and when did you get into tattooing?
Milan is a work in progress... I have only been tattooing for almost 5 years, which means I started when I was 30 years old. I liked tattoos and was getting tattooed before that but it never even crossed my mind to become a tattoo artist. One day a friend of mine randomly suggested I should start tattooing and it all started from there. There was no one to teach or help me so the beginning was very hard. But if you really want something you will find a way to achieve it. So here I am still learning and still loving it.
What advice would you offer someone considering the industry as a career? And what would you say to young creatives trying to find their style or voice?
In my opinion it's all about a hard work ethic and making the sacrifices required to achieve your goals. It's important to keep setting new goals along the way too, being consistent, and not giving up when things don't go well. I would say focusing on doing what you really love/like is probably the best way to go. I guess it all has to be natural.
Is there a common misconception people have about the industry that you are in?
100% There are misconceptions about the industry. It's improved a lot but there's still many people who see it in the wrong light and people who don't realise how far the tattoo industry has come and evolved, peoples perceptions have definitely got better but I think there will always be some prejudice against tattoo artists and indeed the people that wear them.
Do you think there are challenges in being a tattoo artist that artists on different platforms don’t face?
There definitely are challenges. Every artistic field faces different challenges in my opinion. I think our challenge is the skin itself as it is a living canvas and every skin is different so every tattoo can be a challenge but that is also the beauty of it all.
What is your greatest personal and professional achievement?
I think both are still yet to come. But I'd say for now starting to work in one of the best studios in the U.K and working amongst some of the best artists in the world is my greatest professional achievement. But there's still a lot of things I want to achieve as I'm still not far into my journey.
How do you evaluate success as a tattoo artist?
I think different tattoo artists will evaluate success differently. For me at this stage of my career success is continuing to develop, keep producing good work and keeping customers happy because they're the ones who allow us to do what we love. Overall the main thing is the quality of work that's what matters the most to me.
Here at The Hobo Journal we LOVE to travel- hence the name where is the best place you have ever been to and why?
Hands down I'd have to say Jamaica, My better half has Jamaican roots so she showed me around and from then on in I fell in love with the island. Amazing food, stunning nature, it's literally paradise in this world.
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