Tattoo Artist Siddhant Nigam:-
A prolific artist with 6 years of experience in the field of tattooing, Tattoo Artist Siddhant Nigam started off with an apprenticeship at Kraayonz Tattoo Studio and went on to become the Founder of Pune-based Inkarnation Tattoo Studio in 2013. Tattoo Artist Siddhant Nigam believes that every single tattoo deserves to be customized, for the sole reason that it’s a permanent piece of art on a person’s body, and each person should have something that’s uniquely their own. To this effect, he goes through a 3 step process – understanding the client’s requirements and experiences through a consultation session, followed by sketching out the design, after which the actual tattoo is done.
What inspired you to become a tattoo artist & when did you finally decide to enter this profession?
I’ve always loved art. When I was younger, my classmates would ask me to sketch out portraits that they could gift their friends or family. 6 years ago, I was exposed to the tattooing profession, and started learning under the mentorship of Eric Jason D’Souza (currently the Co-Founder of Iron Buzz Tattoos). I realised that tattooing consists of a vast range of styles and techniques to experiment and challenge myself with. Since then, I’ve never looked back, and it’s only helped me grow further in other mediums of art as well. I owe a lot to Eric for his guidance, teaching methodologies, as well as for giving me the exposure I needed at the time to get into this profession.
What do you feel was one of your biggest struggles as a tattoo artist?
My biggest struggle has probably always been trying to find the right balance between work and personal life. Say you have a 9 to 5 job – there are times when you’d get sick of work and just want a break. But what happens when your job is also your passion? The trickiest part of the profession I’m in is to ensure that I get the job done each day, and still take time off to sketch and paint just because I want to relax and let my imagination flow. With each passing year, it’s become easier to find that balance so I’d say I’m at least heading in the right direction.
How do you console a person who is experiencing pain while drawing a tattoo?
People who know me know that I have a tendency to crack the most horrible puns possible! These generally serve as a distraction when someone is experience mild pain. On another note, I also tell them – “Nothing hurts more than life. At least this is just for a few hours and you get something incredibly beautiful out of it!”
But jokes aside, each person has their own level of tolerance for pain. If it ever gets too much for a client, I have no qualms with breaking the whole tattoo piece into multiple sessions so that it doesn’t get overwhelming for them. At the end of the day, getting a tattoo is an extremely personal decision, and I wouldn’t want anyone to regret it or refrain from getting one just because they’re worried about the pain. So it’s always based on what the client can withstand, and the best way of going about it so that they end up completely satisfied with the final outcome.
From where are your personal art and designs inspired?
I see amazing designs every day from artists all around the world. And it’s not confined to just tattoos, sketches or paintings – all types of art forms, whether it’s music, literature, sculptures, textiles, or films – each of these inspires me in some way or another because it’s beautiful to see the amount of talent out there, and it motivates me to experiment and grow even further.
What are your biggest strengths as a tattoo artist?
When it comes to different types of tattoos, I can confidently say that any design based on realism is my forte. However, my biggest strength (and also, a huge challenge) lies in making sure I don’t confine myself to any one form of sketching/tattooing. I try and come up with customized, unique design options for every single client, experiment with different styles, combine different styles, and sketch out designs depending on the placement, the flow of the body, and ultimately work towards ensuring any tattoo I do will evoke the kind of emotion and experience that the client is looking for.
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