I got my first tattoo in my friend’s house in Hungary. When the needle first hit my skin, it swept me off my feet. I knew I found my calling. So, I started to explore options for practicing tattooing, and I found a guy who sold me his homemade tattoo machine along with a two hours tutorial. He also gave me the addresses of tattoo supply companies from all over the world, so I picked one and placed an order.
I made my first tattoo around 1993 on a stoned guy in a smoky, shady pub in Budapest. After that, I screwed up the skin of those who volunteered and wanted a tattoo for free.
At the beginning of my tattooing journey, there was no one who could share his professional knowledge with me, so I learned as I went. I relied on careful observation, trial, error, and experimenting. The truth is that in tattooing you are the only one you can blame for your mistakes. But hey… You’re free. Nobody will force you to tattoo in his way. You set up your rules. Your improvement is only up to you…
My dream was to work as a tattoo artist in New York. So, I decided to start a new life and set off to America in pursuit of a bright future. I pulled out all the stops to grow as an artist. As Albert Einstein once said, “Genius is 1% talent and 99% percent hard work…”. You know, it’s true. This is my motto, and this is how I live my life. Finally, after a bunch of struggles and adventures, I opened my tattoo shop in New York City in 2008.
In the past 25+ years, I managed to create my own art. I tattooed signature pieces on unique individuals and traveled the world to attend conventions from Ecuador to New Zealand, both as an artist and as a judge. Between 2010 and 2011, I was featured in tattoo magazines worldwide. I was honored to be featured in Black & Grey Tattoo – 3 Volume Set – From Street Art to Fine Art. Marisa Kakoulas gave 29 pages to my artwork in the book which had already been ready to go into print, but she saw my portfolio and withdrew the manuscript to include my work.
I have been striving for precision in my work since day 1, and I couldn’t sit still until I could develop the ideal equipment I wanted to work with. Therefore, I developed my own Gray-Wash ink set and launched my ink brand Killer Silver – “The se7en Deadly Shades” in 2013. I also wanted to give back to the industry, so I founded a tattoo equipment company REBEL Tattoo Machine LLC to help fellow artists level up their artwork by developing precision driven equipment for them.