Tattoo Artist Archana Nakhua Bhanushali:-
Archana Nakhua Bhanushali decided to be an artist when she was hardly 8/9 years of age because her random drawing from some cartoon caught the attention of her parents at home as it was unusual for her age to get that effect what Tattoo Artist Archana Nakhua Bhanushali had unconsciously achieved. With the idea of joining an art college, she grew up and got her admission to Applied Arts from a college in Mumbai. After the course was complete to while she had not yet started a job she bumped into a TV series on TLC called LA Ink where she got highly inspired by Kat Von D a female rocking the tattoo scene then
What inspired you to become a tattoo artist?
When I was almost 9 years of age I had decided I will be an artist only because my dad and uncle loved to showoff my sketches to every single guest who came home. While I grew up I chose applied arts as my thing. I had just completed my Diploma in Applied Arts, when during my free time once I was watching TLC, a tattoo series named LA Ink had the female artist Kat Von D and team working on various customisations for their tattoo clients. I started watching it regularly and was highly inspired with the way this art had amazing talking canvases to get reactions from which got me the urge of learning this art. Also I wanted to kill time from getting married.
Have you ever taken formal art training from a younger age or are you self-taught?
I got formally trained. I got my training from Al’s tattoo studio. It is always better to learn something like this as it involves skin and hygiene.
How do you console a person who is experiencing pain while drawing a tattoo?
The best way to console the client while they experience pain is to let them know after every 10 minutes that it will be done in 10 minutes, however it takes longer than they feel but helps them push their pain limits. Also a better winning formulae is having conversations with them to divert their mind from the pain .
What do you feel was one of your biggest struggles as a tattoo artist?
The biggest struggle as a tattoo artist for me was when my parents didn’t have much to answer people (those social elements) who asked them why is she learning tattooing /what’s the future, but the best part of this struggle was that they supported me regardlessly and we didn’t really mind what doubts people had about this female learning this art form. However, it’s fun now to hold these same social elements for their tattoo appointments when they call for it.
What are your biggest strengths as a tattoo artist?
My colorwork and realism has been my biggest strength as a tattoo artist (if u asking about art). Personally, my family and team Ace tattoos have been my strength.