10 Questions with Eterno
1. What is your name, where are you from and what do you do?
Eterno is my work name. I´m a world citizen. I have a mission, spread a message of positive fighting through stuff I can creatively produce with my hands, independently and free. Tattoos, hand-made metal and wood creations, drawings are some of my weapons for that.
2. What influences your creativity?
Doing something for the planet is my biggest motivation. Visually impacted from 80´s and 90s imaginary, I translate all the ideas that come to my mind into my own language. Trying to escape from established guides, inspired to use a different way to express.
3. How long have you been tattooing, and how did you first get into the trade?
In my opinion tattooing is not just knowing how to use the machine, I started learning the technique of tattooing with a machine 4 years ago but doing it my way tattooing is more than using the machine. The ingredients of that cocktail have been forged throughout all my life, tattooing is an expression of them. I got my first tattoo 17 years ago and haven't stopped getting tattoos since then. The game was much different then, no internet, not much information about it and I remember saving money and traveling to have my first tattoos as an amazing experience with real passion. That was a pure moment, I fell in love with tattoo when I was a child.
I started tattooing because I made a list of things that I wanted to do before dying and "make one tattoo" was on that list, look at me now... amazing adventures since then, I never thought this would happen. It was not easy at all but was an amazing opportunity, I rode the train. When I did my first tattoos the scene was much different, all this "black tattoo culture" didn't exist as now and there were very few styles, because of that it was difficult to find people who wanted to get something different to those styles and not many people believed in my work then, but through the adversity I continued and here I am, still fighting and grateful for that amazing opportunity
4. Describe your work in 3 words.
Message, visual, impact.
5. What do you usually listen to in the studio?
Many different things, usually looking for positive vibes, not dark. Positive energy.
6. What is your opinion on the way social media has affected the art community?
It´s an amazing opportunity to join forces with other people from all around the planet for common positive reasons, it's a great opportunity of expression and a very massive way of gaining knowledge and meeting new amazing people.
We must keep using social media in a good way, it can be a double edged sword...
7. Who is your dream client?
Anyone that offers me the opportunity to tattoo his skin with my language with some positive message, I can´t ask for more. I´m very grateful for everything. It's a mutual thing.
8. What was the first tattoo you ever did and who was it on?
A devil arm/hand coming out of a lock holding a trident on fire, with some words saying something like "there are doors that is better to not open brother". I did it on one of my closest friends. It was an amazing experience, I still can feel this feeling of doing my first tattoo, I can still feel this happiness and respect and fuck it sounds like a joke but it opened the door to an incredible adventure.
9. What do you do on your days off?
I´m working on a few projects, on my days off I´m drawing, writing, handcrafting some stuff or enjoying nature and life. It's the same as what I do on my work days, so there is no difference between working days and days off
10. Who else's work should we check out?
York Yeh from Taiwan.
And many many more...
Eterno can be found on Instagram @eterno8