“As a kid, I was always drawing. I didn’t care about dolls, or other toys, all I needed was a basket filled with markers. Now, about 25 years later, I’m a tattoo artist on the road. I left my hometown Buenos Aires three months ago, because I began to feel depressed after a long time without any travels. Besides, Buenos Aires is an expensive place to live. I came to Mexico because they often appreciate art from the outside here. I hang out in Mexico City for a while, but the work really started on the Caribbean Coast. What I often do: I volunteer in a hostel, for instance by painting murals, in exchange for a bed and breakfast. In my free time I tattoo people. A lot of them want a tattoo, because they’re travelling and it’s summer time. They want to show their bodies on the beach or they want a souvenir for back home. I’ve tattooed a lot of palm trees and compasses. My signature tattoos are minitiature things. That’s why I often draw people’s first tattoos. Other designs I often do are flowers, phrases and tattoos that look like sketches. What I enjoy most, is darker stuff: monsters, spiders, zombies and aliens. Instagram is my office on the road. That’s where I share my work. I often make appointments via direct messages. Mouth to mouth advertisement is important too. When I go out, I talk to a lot of people and before I know it, I have three new appointments scheduled. You have to be really flexible when you tattoo on the road. I don’t have a studio, so I often work on the beach or in a park. The sun can be a challenge, or the wind, mosquitoes or my posture. It can be pretty stressful to mark somebody for the rest of their lives, that’s why I give my all. I’m obsessed with details. Summer is not the best period to take a tattoo, though. It’s better to avoid the sun, sea and swimming pool the first days. I always advice people to treat their tattoo with love, so that the inkt remains black.”

“The best thing about my job is that I get to listen to all the stories behind the tattoos. Sometimes I can be of help in a healing process. I tattooed many names of family members who recently died. That person is on somebody’s body forever – very special. I’ve given a lot of hugs and encountered a lot of tears after I finished those tattoos. In Bacalar (Mexico), I tattooed during a funeral, together with a fellow artist. The family had heard that there were two tattoo artists in town and invited us. After the grandfather was buried, we tattooed many family members. They wanted things that reminded them of the man: a cross, his name, a memory. In Mexico, they have a different attitude towards death. It’s not necessarily a sad thing. Everyone was singing, cooking and we were sitting in the entrance of the house, tattooing people. Yes, I’ve definitely had a lot of fun, interesting experiences while tattooing on the road. I hope to be able to travel like this for some years, in Europe too, before entering into an established tattoo shop. I want to learn from the best.”