I was working in a bank for 11 years but i had no job satisfaction and i knew I needed to get out!
Samira Dunuwille, a banker from Sri Lanka has now becomes a pro-tattoo artist! As his passion for tattoos drove him towards the best tattoo artists, he chased sunny and got a tattoo from him. Just then, it was something about Sunny (the artist) that fascinated him so much that he wanted to be exactly like that. Well, that was just what it took for him to switch his career and become a full time tattoo artist. He was getting a tattoo done from Sunny and heard Sunny talk about a tattoo school. That piqued his interest, as he couldn't give up the chance to learn from such great artist and develop his skill for a long gone passion.
After he completed his complete course in tattoo art, we did a small group discussion with Devendra just to get a feedback and understand how was his experience at Aliens Tattoo School. Following is the brief conversation we had about his experience and journey from a being a BANKER to becoming a PRO TATTOO ARTIST
What made you choose art over every other stream?
~ I had always liked to draw and had an eye for detail. I always knew I wanted to be in an artistic field.
Were you always an artist?
~ Yes, I loved drawing. I would sketch all the time and even dabbled in watercolour paintings.
What is your educational background?
~ I went to college for B.Com, but since I didn't find it fulfilling, I started doing graphic design along with it.
How does your family respond to this choice of yours?
~ They weren't supportive at first, mainly because they didn't understand how I could be successful, but now after seeing my work, they did think I was always meant to tattoo.
How did you come across tattooing and what made you choose it?
~ When I was in college, I used to give people tattoos with a pen, and everyone would tell me I should take up tattooing as a career, but it was my brother to insisted that I look into it seriously, if only just as a hobby
Who’s your greatest inspiration in the tattoo industry?
~ At first I didn't know any of the artists by name so I was inspired by the different styles of work, but now after being in the tattoo industry for a while, I`d say Sunny sir, and Pramod Deshmukh, Yogesh Waghmare from Leo Studio
How did you come to know about Aliens Tattoo school? What brings you here?
~ I searched online and that's when I came across a few schools, and after looking at the work from all the places, I loved Aliens Tattoo Scool the best, but I waited for almost 3 years before joining.
How is your overall experience at Aliens tattoo school?
~ Very good, I was working and learning at the same time, so it took me almost 8 months to finish the course, but even though my progress was slow, all the teachers were very helpful.
Is it any different than what you expected? Were all your expectations met?
~ The course was harder than I thought it would be, but it was all I'd hope it would be. I learned more here than I could imagine.
How confident are you about tattooing after finishing this course?
~ I'm quite confident, but I still have a lot to learn.
What are your plans after finishing the course?
~ At that time of completing the course I thought I'd do it as a hobby, but now it's my primary career.
Would you happily be doing tattooing all your life?
~ Yes, it's my artistic outlet and I love it.
How much scope do you think tattooing has in India?
~The scope is definitely increasing. When I was learning, it still wasn't very common, but more and more people from the younger generation is turning to tattoo as a career.
Why should one choose to tattoo as a career? Please share your thoughts.
~ When I was tattooing, I was also a graphic designer, but I found tattooing more gratifying as a career.
What were the struggles you faced while joining the course?
~ Joining the course was a struggle in itself, because of financial and personal reasons, and I was working while learning, so it took me a lot longer to even finish the course because I could only find time to come here on weekends, and I didn't get a lot of time to practice because of that.
What were you doing before you joined this course?
~ I was a graphics designer, I used to make clip art and application and web design.