“I like to think that a tattoo is a symbol of protection"
Spring is here, we have everything ready to launch the 14th edition of our Fanzine. This one comes with a lot of excitement and eagerness after a year without activity. We couldn’t ask whoever to illustrate this edition, so we called Anana Revuelta, a superb artist and tattooist in Barcelona who, apart from the Fanzine, has also designed matching socks. Anna is full of creativity in all its formats. We fell for her unique art and style from the very first moment.
What was your inspiration for our Fanzine cover?
The Fanzine cover is something that happens when you don’t have any limits. A cat picnic, why not? I draw cats all the time in my job. Not just as animals, but as characters with their own story, and if they are wearing a funny vest, even better. Drawing cats does not only mean that I like the animal: I like to think of tattoos as a symbol of protection, of a friend that is there to give you a hand.
You come from Fine Arts, Graphic Design, and Serigraphy; how did you end up working as a tattooist?
I’m sure that my story is similar to the story of many other tattooists or tattoo freaks. I got my first tattoo when I was 16 and I’ve been in love with this since then. I started tattooing just because I wanted to. In 2016 I was lucky enough to start learning with a good mentor, with the support and good advice of the artists that tattooed me, and giving 100% of my time to tattoo.
You define your work as a combination of graphic art and traditional tattoo, what would you say are your references?
I like to refer to my style as a “gentle traditional tattoo”. That’s how a colleague called it once and I like it, he really found a good name. My main inspiration for a tattoo is any image that I find interesting and especially traditional American tattoo. I store and collect popular art images, old children’s tales, vintage posters and ads, Kitsch ceramic figures… all of this is a start point to designing a tattoo. However, in my paintings, my references are completely different, and I think the range of colours is more important than the drawing.
Do you remember what was the first thing you tattooed? And which one did you enjoy the most?
Before working full-time as a tattooist, I played with a machine that I don’t remember where it came from, but it never really went beyond spending the afternoon tattooing silly things to my friends.
I made my first real tattoo to myself in February 2016, with Carlo’s machines. Carlo was the one who took me into her studio and taught me how to tattoo, understand, value, and respect tattoos and their tradition.
It’s difficult to choose which one I enjoyed the most, but I can tell you the one I enjoyed the least: a chubby baby driving a Kawasaki (dear customer, I hope you are not reading this).
Anything you really want to tattoo?
It’s always exciting when clients choose a design from my book. Each week I normally add new designs that I’d love to tattoo, with the idea of people choosing them directly from there. Working on big projects is also exciting, like backs or chests. The most valuable thing and that really makes me want to tattoo (either a tattoo from my book or a commission), is that people believe in my work and in my criteria, that they know what they are doing, and let me design freely.
On skin, on canvas, and even on clothing; you express your art in many ways. Any new format that you’d like to experience?
I’ve experienced many more formats than those! I studied Fine Arts in Barcelona and Design in Eina. There I did photo, video, sculpture, painting, conceptual art, typography, lettering, graphic design, and illustration. I really connect with graphic languages, engraving, and serigraphy is what I really LOVE, in capital letters. I wish I could produce more graphic work.
What would Anana do if she weren’t an artist?
I’ve always known this, and there is also a Simpson’s episode that describes it perfectly. The one when Bart becomes a drum kit prodigy and steals Lisa’s dream of playing in a Jazz band. Lisa stops playing the sax and gives all her energy to rescue all the animals that she runs into. So, in answer to your question, I would dedicate my life to animals. In a parallel world where Anna doesn’t know how to draw, she likes math and thanks to that she can become a vet.
To wrap up, if you could only eat something for the rest of your life, what would it be?
P I Z Z A.