October 10, 2023
Before Diego got into tattoo, he was heavy into graffiti and realism. Today he specializes in lettering and also creating life like pieces as a tattoo artist.
"Realism was always my main focus. Trying to be as detailed as possible was so captivating to me. I had the privilege of going to Ramon C Cortines school of Visual and Performing Arts, where I elevated my knowledge of art." -Diego Vargas
Mi Familia Tattoo Studio
◾1532 W. Katella Ave. Ste 106 Anaheim, CA◾
"I love graffiti, growing up in Los Angeles I saw tons of graffiti all around the city. It inspired me to see how absolutely stunning the pieces that were produced there. On top of that being in crazy visible areas. Once I began learning and studying the fundamentals of graffiti I fell in love with the manipulation of letters as well as the flow I could implement into my pieces." -Diego Vargas
We asked Diego a few questions about his processes and background:
1. What got you into tattoo? Did you apprentice?
"I didn't have a traditional apprenticeship. I tried to learn on my own off You Tube for a little while until I landed at my first shop where I was taught. I had always been fascinated by tattoos; I wanted the challenge of drawing on skin once I felt really comfortable with realism on paper."
2. How do you stay up on your bad days?
"I try to brush up on my fundamentals, shapes, basic straight letters, lines etc. No pressure of producing a finalized piece. I try to draw every day for at least 5 minutes. One of my favorite artists @maxtwentyeight told me that recently and it's made my life a lot easier.
3. Are there any art supplies or tools you wish you had or knew about when you first started?
"When I was younger working with realism, I wish I knew about Tortillions for blending out my shades as well as brush tip markers for my calligraphy."
4. Do you have any advice to those just starting out?
"My advice would be to just have fun making art, never compare yourself to what other people are doing. Have fun learning the fundamentals of art, everything style related will come after.
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