The multi-award winning Venezuelan tattoo artist, with more than 10 international awards under his belt, Willy Mey Pena Lopez, known on social networks as @WillArte25, decided to take his vast experience developing realistic portraits to the next level, to finally share his stories behind the ink.
The innate skill of Pena is outstanding, and has positioned his ability and techniques as one of the most renowned realistic portrait tattoo specialists. In this sense, his talent has been garnered with more than 10 international awards, including the one obtained at the “Miami Tattoo Art Convention” in the city of Miami, the “Atlanta Tattoo Art Convention” in Atlanta, where he obtained first place in “Tattoo of The Day” among other 4 other awards, the “LA Tattoo Convention” in Los Angeles, California, “LA Golden State Tattoo Convention” also in Los Angeles, California, “St Petes Tattoo Convention” in Tampa Florida, “Convention of Puerto Rico,” in Puerto Rico, among others.
Pena made it his one priority to succeed in the world of tattoos using his passion and attention to detail. His ability to ignite a strong empowerment to bring his vision to life, has set him aside as one of the most acclaimed masters of realistic portraits. Pena’s value added, has been the power to impact his clients’ lives by leaving a permanent mark that brings their memories to life forever.
His expert technique plays an essential role in the crafting of portrait tattoos, where just one out of place stroke can completely alter the portrait of the person being tattooed. His contribution is also in the ability to capture what people are looking for when they come to him, added to the perfection of his stroke when tattooing, which differs from tattoo artist to tattoo artist.
“From day one when I decided to enter the world of tattooing, I was dazzled by the magic of portrait realism and I specifically enjoyed developing the aura around the faces in portrait. Although it’s not the only thing I do, 80% of my clients come to me seeking realistic portraits of relatives, their favorite artists or other loved ones. Tattooing faces is not an easy task,” Willy said. “On the contrary, it is a very fragile process, considering that if the smallest detail is not done correctly, it can completely alter the appearance of the face and unfortunately the outcome will change. Therefore, it’s a huge responsibility knowing that people trust my work and skill, which for me is a huge honor.”, Pena exclaimed.
When asked what he enjoyed the most of his work Willy explains: “I really enjoy the creation process because the details that give life to the faces appear, such as the volume, the features of the face, the lips and ears, which give that 3D effect that makes you feel that the image is out of the skin and alive”.
The artist and painter on the rise, was exposed through his career to hundreds of amazing stories which led him to launch his upcoming platform called “MejorHablamos” both on Podcast and on YouTube, to share the most relevant stories in his journey captured behind the ink.
“This is how the idea of creating ‘MejorHablamos’ was born, because each person has a story to tell, and I am simply the intermediary who translates and captures not only their feelings, but also allows them to carry the stories of people that have marked their lives through ink.”
World-renowned artists, singers, actors and All-star athletes are all on his roster of canvases, proof of his great talent. Among the A-listers he’s tattooed are Venezuelan reggaeton and Latin pop singer Nacho, Spanish singer-songwriter Melendi, Baseball stars Asdrubal Cabrera and Marwin González, soccer star Juan Fernando Quintero, writer Andrés López of the “El Cartel de los Sapos” series, former Miss Venezuela Migbelis Castellanos, and Univisión Chef Jesús Díaz Chef, among countless others who have trusted in his high level professionalism and skill.
The man known as “Willarte” never imagined that what started as a hobby would become a passion that has now helped him transform so many lives. But it was that same passion which led them to start his own studio: “MejorArte” Tattoo Studio” in the city of Doral in South Florida. The name “MejorArte” — a Spanish-language play on words, meaning “Better Art” or “Better Yourself” — is a direct reflection of Willarte’s two most important goals, helping others better themselves by gifting them with better art.
About Willy Pena
Venezuelan-born Willy Mey Peña López (Willy Pena) aka Will Arte (33), is a Miami-based multi-award winning tattoo artist with more than ten international tattoo industry awards under his belt. He began his tattoo journey five years ago without even thinking that what started as a hobby would become his passion. Since then, Will has earned countless industry accolades, and accrued a long list of sports and entertainment world A-listers in his client roster. Many of the stars repeat customers at Pena’s Doral tattoo studio “MejorArte” — a Spanish-language play on words, meaning “Better Art” or “Better Yourself.” His specialty? Jaw-dropping photo-like portraits, and other pieces that allow him to display his masterful realism and surrealism tattooing 3D techniques.
For more on Pena’s meaningful, eye-grabbing tattoos follow Willy Pena on Instagram @willarte25