Tattoo Artist Interview with Nuno

18 December 2013


Nuno Costah 150x150 Tattoo Artist Interview with Nuno

Nuno, article and photo gallery in Tattoo.1 Tribal #74
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What inspires your art?
My main sources of inspiration are nature, people, different kinds of
lifestyles, different ethnic groups, oriental culture, positive vibrations,
music, street art and other free art forms.

How did your passion for tattoos first start?
When I was a kid, I was fascinated by punk bands and extreme sports.
Sometimes people in music or sports had tattoos, so my interest
for alternative arts totally introduced me to the tattoo world.

Can you briefly describe your technique?
I like to work in a very flowing style, mixing colors as if it was
watercolor and creating positive illustrations.
I prefer working with rotary tattoo machines, because they allow me to
tattoo in a fast and natural way as my hand is more flexible with lightweight
tattoo machines.

Are there any tattoo artists that you consider your teachers or role models?
I admire many tattoo artists for their art such as Noon, Lionel Fahy, Mike
Giant, Guy le Tatooer, Duncan X, Amanda Wachob, El Monga, Voller
Kontrast, Ivana Tattoo, etc.
Besides tattoo art, I love the work of Os Gêmeos, Klimt, Mucha, Miró, Barry
Mcgee, Margaret Kilgallen and so many other illustrators.

How long have you done this work?
I started tattooing in 2001 for one year, but then I stopped for 5 years to
find myself as an artist.
In 2007, I restarted tattooing full time. I now have 2 tattoo shops with a
friend, Bruno Anti.

Who taught you?
Over the years, I have learnt from many different tattoo artists
who helped me and cleared up all my doubts but I have never had one person who taught me directly. However, I’m truly thankful to Afryka Tattoo and Biruta Tattoo.

How much does the person asking for the tattoo influence your creation?
Normally people know my artwork from the illustrations and my street
art/graffiti work. So they often ask me to create characters to represent
their life, family or friends, etc. In these situations, my biggest
influence is my positive, childlike style.

What was the first tattoo you created?
My first tattoo on a customer was a small black sun on the ankle.

And what was the first that you got on your own skin?
The first time I was tattooed, it was one of my own cartoons, on my leg. I
like to get tattoos of my different art phases.

What are you working on now?
Apart from tattoos, I have a stoner rock band, Super Snail Fuzz. As I’m a
huge fan of video art, I produce our own videos.
I’ve also been doing street art for more than 15 years and I’ve worked on many art exhibitions as you can see on my website:
Every (little) free time I get, I use it to create tattoo machines with a
friend, you can check out our website:

What is your philosophy?
Love life, always do stuff or create something… Never be afraid of
trying to do what you want to do.

Nuno Costah
Nuno Ideal Tattoo Shop
Maia (Portugal)