Interview with tattoo artist Juan Muriana, first place award winner at the BXL tattoo convention

Our team here at Tattoogenda, had the pleasure of being able to interview Juan Muriana – the tattoo artist from Spain who came to the Brussels tattoo convention and won first place in the best of Friday and Saturday contest.

This convention is considered one of the most important in Europe and Juan wanted to make a bold statement by attending, which he managed to do might we add.

Surrealistic leg tattoo of a fox and a squirrel, withe negative spaces in combination with color and black and grey
*the tattoo he won Best of Saturday with
Tattoo artist (Juan Muriana) holding two awards at a tattoo convention

A bit of background

Juan began tattooing five years ago, which makes sense as art has always been in his life.  He has a background in graffiti, painting, and other forms of art.

According to Juan, if you want to become a good tattoo artist, you have to start at the very beginning –

drawing. He says it’s really important to be able to be a good artist first before you start tattooing. Not only that, but you have to keep practicing it – daily!

Apprenticeships?

During the interview he talked about his own apprenticeship as well. His mentor was Victor Chil – a well-known tattoo artist, at Family Art Tattoos in Barcelona. He spent one year working with Victor, learning and observing his techniques.

Juan also mentioned that he wouldn’t be taking any apprentices on himself, for the moment at least. He mentioned that he thinks that he’s still got a lot to learn, so, perhaps in the future.

Pssst… we have a whole blog about how you can land an apprenticeship. Interested? Hit me!

When asked the question if there are tattoos he doesn’t enjoy doing, his friend and client (our translator), told us that he does everything. His Instagram following is growing, with over 5K followers (at the time 3.5K), but he’s still working to develop his style and establish a niche for himself in the tattoo industry. This is why he’s now venturing more into the surrealism style. It allows him to develop his skills further, as the surrealistic tattoo style isn’t as limiting as the ‘normal’ realistic style.

He also mentioned that he’d like to do only color tattoos in the future – mainly surrealistic and realistic ones.

‘’Color is the new thing for him’’

Surrealistic tattoo of a statue in black and gray with three heads, red color accents, graffiti and pixels on the leg
Surrealistic face tattoo with a hand and eyeball in black and gray and color on the leg
*the tattoo he won best of Friday with

His first award

At the convention, Juan won his first award and got first place in the best of Friday AND Saturday contest!

He told us he was actually very emotional and happy as he wasn’t expecting this win at all. Of course, he got congratulated and got well wishes from his peers, but Juan was mostly proud of himself because his Spanish compatriots were now proud of him too.

Juan is definitely dedicated to his craft and we can see that in his badass works of art! His experimental nature and dedication definitely makes him an artist being worth to watch and learn from.

What’s your guys’ opinion on surrealism tattoos? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

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