“Latinos lead the tattoo market in the United States, especially Colombians, Venezuelans, and Mexicans,” he explains.
The Colombian tattoo artist Johann Morales (Hannjo) has become one of the benchmarks of “color realism” in the Latin America and the United States, thanks to his 12 years of experience in his home country and in the United States.
“Latinos lead the tattoo market in the United States, especially Colombians, Venezuelans, and Mexicans,” explains Morales, better known as Hannjo.
Color realism is the most complex art style in the tattoo world, since a single tattoo can require sessions that last between seven and ten hours.
“In my opinion, at the moment, it is the highest paid artform. We have gone to a brand new level. Tattoos are works of art and images that last for a lifetime,” said the artist.
He first devoted himself to music, but at age of 21 he changed his mind, and he told his mother: “I am going to be a tattoo artist.” And then, with the support of his family, he discovered his true calling, which has led him to tattoo famous artists such as Martina la Peligrosa and Buxxi, among others.
Hannjo, who has participated in important international tattoo events in the United States, Argentina, and Colombia, believes that “people invest in tattoos because it allows them to wear a work of art on their body”, at a time when “the meaning of the tattoo is no longer the main motivation.”
Before starting with the tattoo process, there are certain rules for Johann Morales (Hannjo): “First you have to evaluate the person’s skin complexion, then you have to choose the right body part, and finally warn them about the possible repercussions.”
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