FROM BANKER TO TATTOO ARTIST
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 Samira just to get feedback and understand how was his experience at Aliens Tattoo School. Following is the brief conversation we had about his experience and journey from being a BANKER to becoming a PRO TATTOO ARTIST.
What made you choose art over every other stream?
~ Art has always been something I've enjoyed, I've always loved to draw. Art is my passion.
Were you always an artist?
~ I had been working in a bank for 11 years, but there was no job satisfaction in that. It was very monotonous kind of work. I used to doodle whenever I got time, but not like a pro artist. I've never had any formal education in art, However I was always fascinated to see different types of art. I was drawn to Aliens because they believe anyone can become artist, one just needs love and passion for it.
What is your educational background?
~ I studied finance and marketing, then I went into banking as I believed what my family believed, to have a secured job.
How does your family respond to this choice of yours?
~ They were very understanding, and actually happy because they knew that I was finally following my passion. They have shown tremendous support, specially my wife and my kid.
How did you come across tattooing and what made you choose it?
~ I have many tattoos on my body, I loved getting tattoos, and every time I would get tattooed I would think that I should learn to do this too. I was always fascinated by tattoos, however the idea to become a tattoo artist realised when I first met Sunny.
Who’s your greatest inspiration in the tattoo industry?
~ Without a doubt, Sunny Bhanushali.
How did you come to know about Aliens Tattoo school? What brought you here?
~ I came to know about it when I was getting tattooed by Sunny Bhanushali. he was very authentic and genuine when he gave me a brief about tattoo artist's life and future prospects.
How is your overall experience at Aliens tattoo school?
~ The three months I spent here were amongst the best in my life. I have learnt so much, not only about tattooing but also about life. Sunny's sessions on spiritual science, personality development and business completely changed the way I think. I feel much healthier by mind and body, positive and motivated.
Is it any different than what you expected? Were all your expectations met?
~ The tattoo I got from Sunny when he visited Sri Lanka came out really good, so I knew the school would be just as good. I was definitely delivered what I was promised. Infact way more than what I expected.
How confident are you about tattooing after finishing this course?
~ Now I'm at 200%, I believe I can execute anything. My tattooing foundation is very strong now. The concept of self-learning is embedded in me already, thank to Sunny for that, I can do any style, learn it faster and improvise wherever needed.
What are your plans after finishing the course?
~ I'm hoping down the line I can open my own tattoo studio, However I will be working for 6 months to one year as suggested by Aliens Team.
Would you happily be tattooing all your life?
~ Yes, of course.
How much scope do you think tattooing has in India?
~ There are a lot more people getting tattoos now, even if they are smaller, they're not as taboo as they used to be, so the scope is definitely good. It's similar in Sri Lanka, they demand is increasing and there is need for good artists.
Why should one choose to tattoo as a career? Please share your thoughts.
~ Tattooing isn't for everyone, but if you're passionate about art and creating art that will remain on someone forever, it's definitely for you. Its the most enjoyable way of leaving your mark on the world and the pay isn't bad either.
What were the struggles you faced while progressing through the course?
~ I didn't have a lot of struggles per say, but I did find shading a bit ard, but everyone helped me through it.