From the BlackShip Tatto Studio in Barcelona, ​​we’re glad to present the unmistakable New Traditional by Kike Esteras: graphic, solid and clean. Let’s meet him and find out his digital eBook, with lots of amazing flash in black: a source of inspiration for all those who love the solidity of Traditional and the sinuous elegance of its contemporary evolutions.

Kike Esteras, Black Ship BCN, Barcelona, Spain

Would you like to introduce yourself to our readers?
I was born in Barcelona in 1988. My first experience with tattooing was when I was 15 years old: several friends and I bought some machines, and we tattooed each other. After going through several studios in Barcelona – learning from many people – I decided to open BlackShip BCN: a place where day by day I share knowledge and learn from my colleagues.

Kike Esteras, Black Ship BCN, Barcelona, Spain

When did you understand that tattooing could be your job?
I started tattooing when I was 21 years old. My job as a metal worker / construction worker was compromised by the 2008 crisis. At first I only tattooed friends, co-workers and people from my neighborhood who lived without thinking about tomorrow, soon after my son was born and I had to become professional, I started tattooing all the styles (some better than others) and little by little I began to understand what I did best – which was tattooing using photos but with a traditional technique.

Over time I smoothed my shadings and lines and it began to become what it is now.

Kike Esteras, Black Ship BCN, Barcelona, Spain

Beside tattooing, are painting and drawing also important for you?
It is important to have a lot of good taste when designing a tattoo, in addition to having the basic knowledge of proportions and anatomy. Actually I’m not great at drawing, but I have my tricks that help me to draw almost any design, using always reference photos.

Kike Esteras, Black Ship BCN, Barcelona, Spain

What are your favourite subjects?
What I like the most (or…

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