An interview with tattoo artist Claudia Chelo

Thanks Claudia aka @clach_art for accepting to take part in our favourite black and white illustrators’ interview series! Let’s start the questions! 

How long have you been drawing?

I always remember my sister drawing since we were children, I used to look up to her. And then I just never stopped!

Is it a hobby or your career?

I actually got my degree of Arts in Italy in order to have a career as illustrator. What I never expected was someone contacting me before finishing my studies to offer me becoming a Tattoo Artist in Germany. A bit crazy but now I do professionally what it used to be a hobby.

How people can get in contact with you? 

I’m based in Hamburg, Germany. Currently resident artist at Alchemist’s Valley Hamburg. You can always get in touch with me via Instagram!

What is the proudest moment that you have achieved?

The day I took out my tooth alone when I was 6 years old. Talking about my art career, the first time I tattoed one of my old designs, which I created before even imagine becoming a tattoo artist. The design wasn’t meant to be tattooed and that’s why it was so pure and emotive.

What is the biggest obstacle that you have faced?

To leave my pizza and change it for a bratwurst. Moving to Germany from Italy, leaving my whole life there, was quite tough.I moved there to learn the art of tattooing and to transform my illustrations into tattoos was also not easy.

You have one day to live, how do you spend it? 

In an ice cream shop, trying every possible combination ever. I really hope it’s my last day, so I don’t even have to pay for it!

Claudia Chelo, her workstation at Alchemist’s Valley Hamburg, the first tattoo she made from one of her illustrations and her pet, a knitted flamingo!

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