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Art & Life with Noemi Tattoos

Today we’d like to introduce you to Noemi Tattoos.

Noemi, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Starting my first job at the Disneyland Resort as a caricature and portrait artist greatly influenced my style in art from the beginning. I worked hard at maintaining three jobs; an apprenticeship as a tattooer, artist, and character in the resort such as Mickey Mouse. Performing in front of thousands of people not only immersed me in a quirky traumatic world, but I was also able to experience what it would be like as a real cartoon. My art reflected the bold lines and color schemes of a vibrant life I lived. A coworker of mine (national portrait society artist), allowed me to study the traditional way of painting portraits in his private studio at an early age. I was rigorously trained being trained daily by other coworkers from different university backgrounds about color, anatomy, and staying on top of drawing one hundred mini faces in a day. This eventually burned the image and structure of a portrait in my head, as it became systematic. After leaving the magic kingdom, I was able to study abroad and take in classical Italian artworks and most famous paintings from Europe. After returning home, I told myself to really tame my art as I went back to painting almost Madonnas with elements of nature such as cats, flowers, burning fields, and owls. It was a romantic time in my life after the chaotic noisy world of Disney. I subsequently kept switching from oils in portraits to acrylics in order to experiment with methods. Experimenting lead me to collide these worlds together such as doing classical portraits with dancing skeletons or demon vixens. This came from my tattoo life, I call it a life because of the new culture I had joined after being so conservative and modest. I switched my whole mindset to paint more often for art shows, live art competitions, and commissions. Endless hours on weekly basis strengthened my hands to tolerate such brutality. Getting older allowed me to take more time in putting more details into my art and continuously experimenting with mixed medias. For an example, instead of only doing an oil painting or acrylic painting, I was painting oils on acrylics. I was always taking elements from my surroundings such as painting European toy souvenirs, oddities I collected, the day of the dead culture from my heritage, using my late mentor as a muse, classic Hollywood beauties from my depressed movie nights, to eventually painting myself with landscapes of the most beautiful places I’ve been. My art technique comes from experimenting with my tools, endless hours painting of the mentality to “just do it”, to making it a lifestyle that has become a daily practice of mine.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Currently I only paint accordingly to themes of certain art shows. For work, I draw clients custom tattoo designs and I focus on doing smaller pieces to sell while traveling at different tattoo conventions. I’m greatly inspired now a days by 3d art. I used to reject the idea of “computer work” being such a traditionalist. I’m currently trying to get a B.F.A. in entertainment art in order to create art that moves and is seen in the three dimensional world. I hope to create short animations or visual effects for film. I hope to inspire others to dream in the splendor of an artist’s hard work either 2d or 3d, visual or performance.

In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
I recently attended a “teaching artist’s mixer” at inner-city arts in downtown LA. There was a veteran artist with 50 or more years of experience that gave a speech about the difficulties that every artist faces. He had been in the war, witnessed his friend’s art studio burn to the ground, and financially struggled. Life happens as it does to all of us, yet what stuck in my head was his proud moment of proclaiming that the era of the “lone wolves are over.” Meaning artists should try to find community around them to create something amazing. I see artists struggling to find knowledge and financial support or funding. It takes a community to support each other for inspiration, support, and knowledge.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
People can view my work in a variety of different social networks. My website is, Instagram, twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Facebook, is all under @noemitattoos. You can also find me on LinkedIn, Ello, yelp, snapchat, artstation, periscope, and YouTube.

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© 2018 Noemi Barajas

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