From that kid who was trying to copy Superhero Sketches sitting at the last bench in the classroom to becoming a professional Tattoo artist & leaving my art on over 10,000 souls, it has truly been a roller coaster ride!
“You’ll need a license from the Government” – People threw such answers at me when I asked them about the field of Tattoo.
Many people of my age liked Guitar, I was into Tattoos. But I had no idea what I should do or what was even possible. It was simply a hobby for me.
I was in 11th standard, when by luck I happened to meet the Director of La Nina Tattoos, Ahmedabad, who was in Kota for a short period of time. He asked me about my passion for Tattoos, saw some of my work and agreed to give me some lessons.
Soon after that, I went to Ahmedabad to do a workshop at his institute. It was a 20 day workshop which first introduced me to this new fascinating world of Tattoos.
I came back to Kota and started doing Tattoos for friends and charged a small amount. They loved it, and soon more people started asking if I can make Tattoos for them. Things were going good for me. In 12th standard, while everyone was worried about board exams, I opened my first Tattoo Studio, Ronnie’s Tattoo, in Jawahar Nagar. Those were unbelievable times!
Soon after 12th, I went to do a 6 month course at Aliens Tattoo in Mumbai. This is where I learned how to be a professional artist. My art surely got to another level, but most importantly, Aliens Tattoo showed me a way to how I can actually achieve success in this field.
Today, I have a team of 3 other Tattoo artists with me. I have done 25+ tours in 7 cities in the past few years. I also take workshops to introduce this art-form to interested people. And each day is a blessing because I am able to do what I am passionate about.”
This was Ronnie’s story, a very talented tattoo artist from Kota and founder of Ronnie Tattoos. If you have a story which needs to be heard, mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.