I'm a Portuguese queer artist who was born in an old fishing town by the sea, in 1988.
I've always wanted my life to be connected to art somehow, in fact, drawing has been a constant in my life and has brought me so much joy and companionship since I could hold a crayon.
I started tattooing in 2013, I wasn't in a great place in my life then, and I feel like tattooing came to me as a life raft when I felt like I was drowning.
Tattooing is a very challenging process and that's just what I needed at the time: something to bring me out of myself.
I hadn't been doing this style of drawing before I started tattooing, it was born out of the necessity of my practicing lines in the beginning of my tattoo path, and in the end it allowed space for me to develop this quite minimalistic style.
I ended up realising that this was something new, which was strong on it's own, so I just focused all my energy into it.
My main goal is to have a very easily distinguishable main object that once examined up close you will find a lot of details you hadn’t noticed before.
I only use line-work most of the time, so I try to give all volume and shading through the variation in thickness, sparseness, and direction of lines. To me, it’s a very intuitive process. I mainly work with black ink, but sometimes I also do parts of a design in another colour (red or blue).
In certain tattoos, the colour gives a different meaning to the piece, to a line, or helps untangle different overlapping elements.
I like doing organic objects the most, especially animals.
Since starting tattooing my life changed completely for the better, my work has taken me all over the world, and I've been lucky enough to tattoo in the most incredible places and meet the most incredible people.
I feel so lucky that tattoo found it’s way into my life and that people resonate with my work.
Every day, I get to do what I love and, even better, I get to make someone else happy in the process and that feels rare and special.