This week we caught up with dark trash realism tattooist, Anrijs Straume. He began his career in the industry as an apprentice in Latvia, after a few years Anrjis moved over to the UK to further his career as a tattoo artist. Interested in finding out a little bit more about his biggest fear, what inspires him, & his favourite machine? Then read on…
1. Any hobbies?
Music, Movies, Art, Drawing and Tattooing… I’m grateful to do this for the most of the time as my job too.
2. What’s your favourite movie?
Lost River (2014)
3. Any guilty pleasures?
4. What was the last song you listened to?
Soulfly – Bring It
5. What’s your biggest fear?
Death, not the dying part, but not knowing what will happen, and knowing that you can’t avoid it.
6. Tell us about the last dream you had?
I always forget about my dreams straight after, but it was probably some weird dimension world where I run away and hide from aliens or the WW3 started.
7. What’s your favourite insult?
I don’t really insult people. I try to stay out of any drama. But I’m always thinking to myself – “get your head out of your ass”
8. One word to describe yourself?
9. What’s your favourite tattoo on your body & why?
My proposal tattoo to my wife. It’s – “Irena, Will You Marry Me?” on the inside of my fingers. That tattoo is the most meaningful to me.
10. If you wasn’t a tattoo artist, what would you be doing?
If I could choose what else to do I would love to draw some comic books or maybe create some animations, movies or action figures. But in reality I would probably work some shitty job I hate. Or be homeless.
11.How long have you been in the industry?
I’ve been tattooing around 8 years
12.Who are your biggest influences?
Right now it’s a million things. I don’t really have only a few big influences. Few of the things what really influenced me in the beginning was alternative music, horror movies, any horror art really. Tim Burton, Marilyn Manson, Joshua Carlton, Tommy Lee Wendtner.
13. Where do you usually gather inspiration from for your designs?
It’s just from my head and the things I’ve seen around, horror art, movies, my own experiences etc. Most of the time I tattoo photographic images, I check some reference photos and depending on what the design will be for I start to see and imagine some different possibilities and what can go together with it. Then I just try to sketch something and see if I like where my idea is going, if not I just start again.
14. What’s your favourite style to tattoo?
Favourite is what I do most of the time. My own style of work – Dark Trash Realism. Photographic images, with some atmospheric horror elements and lettering with it.
15. What’s your favourite machine?
Today it will be – FK Irons Spektra Edge X
16. What’s your favourite tattoo convention?
Favorite convention I’ve worked at – Warsaw Tattoo Convention
17. What do you think makes a great tattoo studio?
I think a good studio is where all tattooers are hard workers – always challenging each other to grow and work harder, having some fun, have respect for each other and of course treat all their customers with respect too, and can also provide a great quality of tattoo work.
18. What advice would you give to anyone looking to join the industry?
Learn how to draw, draw 24/7 and learn more and more everyday about art. Become really good in art in the first place. Get some tattoos yourself from some good artists, the more tattoos you will get the easier it will be to understand the industry, get some friends around it and find the right place to start.
19. Do you have any guest spots coming up?
I try not to do much guest spots, for now nothing is lined up.
20. Anything else you’d like to share?
Go watch on YouTube – “Best Speech You Will Ever Hear – Gary Yourofsky” Life changer!