Qtattoo of Toronto Canada
Our Artist Spotlight is with Dongkyu Lee, better known as Qtattoo of Forever Young Ink in Toronto, Canada. Qtattoo is originally from Seoul, South Korea and has been taking the tattoo community by storm. A storm of killer tattoos that is. We caught up with Qtattoo to discuss tattooing.
How long have you been tattooing for?
I started my apprentice in 2011, so I been tattooing for approx 5 years now.
Did you always want to be a tattoo artist? Have you always been into art?
I have majored in Art from the University and decided to be a tattoo artist while I was serving in the army.
How old were you when you got your first tattoo? What was it? An story behind it?
I’ve got my first ink when I was 27 years (I know it’s late buzz) on my thigh. It was a bull since it was my star sign.
Did you do a traditional apprenticeship?
I did super traditional apprenticeship at this local tattoo studio in Tattoo Korea for a year. Tough time.
Being from Seoul, Korea; how difficult was it to work as a tattoo artist?
It is still illegal in Korea, meaning a lot of obstacles to go over as a tattoo artist in Korea. However the whole game and the industry in making their move to be certified by government and it seems like making the movements at the moment. As I am a tour artist at this stage, I am okay with the regulations but really look forward to see the difference next year or two in Korea.
What artist(s) have influenced you and your work over the years?
I would have to say Robert Hernandez, Paul Cezanne, Andy Warhol, Rick Owens has influenced my art.
You have an impressive tattoo portfolio, your portrait work is amazing. How did you develop your technique in making such realistic looking tattoos?
For me it was simple, I draw a lot like a machine.
Do you work on any other mediums?
Drawing of course! It’s the way I work.
If you could be tattooed by any artist who would it be and what would you get?
Full back piece by Robert Hernandez (anything he wants), hopefully soon.
Do you attend any tattoo shows or conventions? If so which are you planning to attend?
I’d like to attend as much as I can since I am a tour artist I plan the tour based on the good conventions, Nix Convention in Toronto will be my very next one.
What can we expect to see from you in the future?
I will try to get to meet more great artists around the world to get inspired more which is very crucial steps for me to be a better artist and would love to open a collective art studio in Korea to work on more tattoo with other pop cultural aspects, now I have a blueprint for it and going to work on the plan specifically towards to the end of this year.
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I know we enjoyed speaking with Dongkyu Lee, aka QTattoo about his artwork. Make sure to give him a follow on social media you won’t be disappointed.~ ☠ AnoTat2 ∴