Read snippets that didn’t make it into the video interview with Italian tattoo artist, Michela Bottin. From details about using machines, to how her art/career began “backwards” and what her painter-hubby Jason Ackerman thinks of her paintings!
FK Irons sat in on Michela Bottin’s tattoo session held at Inked Mag’s Miami studio. As part of our efforts to support our Pro Team members, she was given our newest Spektra™ Flux wireless tattoo machine and, of course, we’re glad to hear how FK Iron’s machines have opened up the possibilities for her art.
Hint: the cut answers are indented!
Zeke Cejas, FK Irons Pro Team Ambassador
Q: Did you do an apprenticeship?
A: Where I’m from, it’s a very small village. 3,000 people. I didn’t get much choice… I started in a shop but not as an apprentice. I was just tattooing there.
Q: How did you get to where you are now?
A: Everything I was drawing back when I was a kid was already anime style… so when I started drawing I thought there was no career out of anime. I don’t know, I just thought so.
So when I started, I started doing black and gray realism… after a few years that I was tattooing, I moved to another shop and I re-set my clientele again. So I had a lot of time, where I could draw. And of course everything I was drawing for fun was Disney or anime style, and that’s where my career took a turn.
I cleaned out my Instagram, my social media from all other kind of work and just posted what I wanted to do. I managed to teach my clientele what I like and specialize.
Q: Speaking of anime, do you want to talk about your scarification?
Michela Bottin [answering with a smile]
A: Which ones?
Q: Have the machines impacted your work in any way?
A: FK Irons machine impacted my work a lot. It was a time in my career when everyone was asking for Disney, which is very recognizable, so there’s not a lot to play with. So if the characters are given and the thing I can do with colors is limited, I felt like, ‘then there’s nowhere I can go.’
And then I met Gastón and he gave me the Xion to try … and it was like a blast! I could layer colors and colors without hurting the skin. The skin was getting less red, I felt like I can experiment without hurting everyone.
That’s where I had a big change. After that, I found myself liking the Direkt even more. Because it’s a little bit stronger, so it’s better for my thick lines, and the way I do color I always try to inspire myself from traditional work, so it’s not entirely saturated, but little bit rough, let’s say. The Direkt has more of that strong power, that I found using the Flux. It’s just one better than the other!
Q: If you were going to compare the Flux to any of our other machines, which one would you compare it to?
A: It’s definitely stronger than the Xion, so I would compare it to the Direkt, for sure.
I’m still finding myself in between. When I was using the Direkt, because of its power, I was using it strongly. So it was faster so I was just ...going! Then I got used to the Xion, which is a little bit softer, so I was taking my time, and doing it more in a smooth way.
Now that I changed again, now I’m trying to find my way, in using something like the Direkt in a softer way like the Xion.
Q: Are you still painting or drawing?
A: I started backwards. was drawing a lot when I was a kid. It has always been my passion, but Italy is not really good with art. So I never chose that with a career, even though I really liked it, so I started doing scientific studies, so I left it behind.
When I started tattooing, it was more because I like tattoos, it was less about the art itself. I started and I found myself better at tattooing than doing art.
So I did it backward. It’s easier for me to tattoo and color skin than a canvas. So now that my husband is a painter, I’ve started to learn how to paint, I’m starting to paint.
Zeke Cejas speaking to newlyweds Jason Ackerman and Michela Bottin
Q: Any last things you want to say?
A: She was talking about her paintings? She should show you a picture of her second painting. I’ve been painting for 10 years. It blows mine out of the water. Her talent’s crazy.
You were talking about how everything snowballed: you know, good things happen to good people. Everything you got you deserved, you’re amazing.
End of interview