Day Vrban is a tattoo artist who not only inspires his customers every day, he also inspires the whole tattoo scene. In the Tattoo Studio “ Tattoo & Wood” in Hamburg, he brings his passion to the skin. We asked Day Vrban for an interview. With his openness, he gives us exclusive insights. Let’s dive deep: how did he come to tattooing? Where does he get his inspiration?
Hello Day Vrban, tell us: Name, Age, Instagram, Facebook, Homepage Address Studio:
How did you get into tattooing?
Already at the age of 16, I founded my own clothing label, for which I created my own designs and printed on textiles. After that I worked as a graphic designer and illustrator in different agencies, where I learned to work with different media and especially people. After a few years in the design industry, I realized I had to find my own creative path, which led me to the tattoo scene. So I started learning how to tattoo in Stuttgart in 2018. Then I lived and worked in Melbourne and Cairns, Australia. In 2020 I came back to Germany. Since 2021 I have been part of the team of “Tattoo & Wood” in Hamburg.
If you had to describe your tattoo style, what would you say?
Very fine style with lots of black. Best described as “Black Fineline. ”
How old were you when you got your first tattoo?
I got my first tattoo when I was 18.
Do you still remember the first tattoo you ever stabbed? What was it and who was the first one?
I had my first experience at the age of 16 when I “scratched” a completely screwed star on the ankle of my younger brother with a € 50 tattoo starter kit from Ebay in the nursery.
What inspires you for your tattoo designs?
I lived in Australia for 2 years, which I incorporate into my floral motifs. Hence my love for butterflies and palm leaves. My typography probably comes from my work as a graphic designer, where I had to deal with Typo every day.
Now with all your knowledge, what would you think about, when you would get your first tattoo tomorrow? What would you pay attention to?
Choose a good tattoo studio and pay attention to the style of the tattooists. Not every tattooist knows every style. If you have an idea, work it out with your tattooist and be sure to have a say. Of course, tattooists always enjoy creative freedom, but you should still be the one who decides whether it suits you or not.
Are there motives or trends which are really annoying?
Of course, there are many trends that quickly fade away and then “just bugs you. ” The art is to create something new and original even from motive, which already has many people. So even the ass antlers can get nice again. True story!
What was a client’s craziest motive idea?
Oddly enough, I can’t think of anything. . . probably because nothing’s too crazy for me.
What would you never tattoo?
Political statements that I do not support.
Wannado or customer request?
Unfortunately, too little time for wannados. But I try to make every customer request a motif that could be my Wannado.
Do you have regular guest spots?
I’m in Stuttgart every 2-3 months. Karlsruhe has been on the agenda for quite some time now. My wish would be to tattoo in Berlin or abroad again.
How long was your longest tattoo session?
The longest session was 8h and it was in a hostel room in Sydney.
Your greatest passion besides tattooing?
Besides tattooing, my biggest passion is analog photography.
Thanks to this informative interview, we want to give you a few general tips: Not every tattoo artist is a master of every style, so find one who is a master of your desired style. It’s up to you to decide if the tattoo design you want really suits you, but it doesn’t hurt to get inspiration from your tattoo artist. Also, there are NO ideas that are too crazy! So we hope you were able to take away a few things for yourself.
Thank you Day Vrban Tattoo, see you next interview!