Today we’d like to introduce you to Elisa vee Sentenza.
Elisa, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
From a very young age, I always had a great attraction for all kind off body modification. I had my first tattoo done at the age of 14 and from that moment, I realized that I wanted became a tattooer. In those years, it was not so common and easy to approach this world… at the age of 17 (2005), I accompanied a friend to get a tattoo and when I was there, I asked the tattoo artist how to get started… from that moment, that man, William Boragina, became my teacher. I followed the classic way of the old school apprentice… at the beginning, the only thing I can do is just watch him work… then, I became the shop manager of his tattoo shop and at the same time, give tattoos to some friends, little things, after work… until I joined his confidence and started tattoo full time. My apprentice period lasted about five years and a lot of strength, cries and bad times… after some years working full time at the same shop, I started to do short guest and tattoo convention in Italy, Europe, and Around the world. Now I’m working as a resident artist in two shops: Old Ways Tattoo in Melzo, Italy and Ink Club Tattoo, in Bergamo, Italy. I am really happy and I am feeling really free.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Mine was a rough road for sure… probably because when you really love and respect something ,you want to do everything right and in the best way, and is not easy. It’s not a joke, the skin and the health of people… and of course, tattooing is a kind of work that needs the answer of the people… so your work must be appreciated by customers for continuing to do that for life. Understand and be understood. In the beginning, there were really a few women… now, we are more but still less. Years ago, another tattooer said to me “women are not good with tattoo”… now, I am better than him. My advice to young women is to stay strong and believe just in your objective.
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
It’s really difficult for me to describe my style… I started doing traditional style… classic objects, I realized with bold lines, a lot of black and flat few colors… now, I want to feel free to express my way… so I started to use different colors, put patterns like pois and represent crazy sobjects like contortionists, plants, home corners, weird angels. But still, really important to me that the tattoo is still bold now and in the ages.
Are there any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve benefited from using?
For sure reference are welcome to my work… I took them from everything I see around me like colors of nature,the texture of leaves, art expositions, urban situations, erotic books, graffiti, and for sure, old sketches of pioneers of tattoo art.
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