Bio coming soon. Facebook: Andrew Matela Instagram: @andrewmatela Website: andrewmatela.com
Where were you born? I was born in Whitney, Tx & raised in Hillsboro. Tx.
How did you get started tattooing? Got my foot in the door at a street shop in Waco, Tx. That's where I started my apprenticeship. I've spent the last 16 years as a professional tattoo artist. BEST TRADE EVER!!!
What do you enjoy doing when you're not tattooing? Hanging out with my amazing daughters & family. I also enjoy painting, drawing, nature walks, & exploring local taco joints. Let's not forget defending the earth from intergalactic beings, hell bent on destroying all that is good!
If you could describe your style, what would it be? I just love art in general. Realism, abstract, oil painting, watercolor. I try to do everything I can not just one style.
Who is the biggest influence on your style? All ancient art: Maya, Aztec, Egyptian, Japanese, etc. Dali, Shige, Filip Leu.
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Where were you born? I was born in Jacksonville, NC 1982.
How did you get started tattooing? I started my apprenticeship in April '06 in Wilmington, NC. I didn't actually learn much at all in my apprenticeship. The guy ended up getting kicked out of the shop around the time I started actually tattooing people. At that time I'd learned how to set up his machine and how to make a stencil; that's about it. With help from some other artists in my town, asking a lot of questions, a ton of research, and a lot of trial and error I was able to figure out enough to do a nice tattoo, but it took forever! Not the way I'd recommend going about it. I ended up quitting tattooing altogether from 2008-2012 because of it. I got started again in Chicago in 2012. That's when I really started making strides toward being the artist I am now And here I am.
What do you enjoy doing when you're not working? Outside of tattooing, I like working with my hands. I like to work on vintage motorcycle and cars. I hope to get a 64 impala sometime in the next couple of years to starting restoring. I do a bit of lapidary in my spare time as well as graphic design and web design. I have my hand in a ton of stuff. I've been a musician since I was 13 and have played in several bands over the years but gave it up mostly for visual art. I still play guitar/sing every couple of weeks with a worship band in Round Rock.
If you could describe your style, what would it be? My style could mostly be described as illustrative. I like to do things very close to realistic, but with a solid line to hold it together and exaggerated proportions to give depth. I pretty much only do color tattoos, though I have been known to do some black work or a mandala here and there. Lots of flowers and animals would be my personal first choice.
Who is the biggest influence on your style? Style-wise I'd have to say I'm a big fan of James and Anthony Tex at Deadly Tattoos in Calgary, Aniela Dahlgren (fruduva), Myriam Lupini, Lukasz (Bam) Kaczmarek, Elliot Wells, Sam Clark, Matt Lambdin, and this list could go on forever.