I’ve an interview with the fabulous Vicki Death. She’s located in the UK, and specializes in horror tattoo art.
I first stumbled across Vicki on Twitter a few months ago and was immediately a fan of her art. Her regular shop announcements have since caught my eyes and given me some extra motivation in my own art shopkeeping endeavors. After speaking to her a bit on Twitter a few days ago I decided to see if she was game for a feature/interview, so here we are.
Vicki Death’s links -
Twitter: @VickiDeath | Her Etsy Shop | on Myspace | on Deviant Art
1. Tell us a little about your art:
My art is inspired by my favourite things in life, these being Horror, Tattoos, Music, B-movies and the weird and wonderful! I tend to draw and paint things I like, in the hope that other people like them too.
2. What is your favorite piece you've done so far and why? Link to it if you can
It’s a tough choice to make, theres a few pieces that have become favourites.
I think the first one would be the Nude Pin-up girl (http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=35065168) partly because she was the first proper pin-up I ever painted! She was really fun to create, I wanted to give her a sort of rock ‘n’ roll/psychobilly twist, and I think I succeeded? I also love the colours I used, I tried to keep it to some sort of 1950’s look, but with my own twist.
Another favourite would have to be the Bride of Frankenstein portrait I created not too long ago (http://vicki-death.deviantart.com/art/Bride-of-Frankenstein-156652092) Apart from being my favourite Universal Monster, I also found that she had so much texture and depth. She just had so much detail that I could cram in, mainly with the hair. It was a challenge for me to pull it off. But a challenge is always good!
3. How did you become so interested in horror tattoo art?
I’ve been interested in horror since I was a little kid. But I remember being about 10 years old, my cousins girlfriend at the time had a tattoo of a devil on her ankle, it fascinated me how something could be so permanent. I’ve always drawn dark and macabre images, but gradually I started dabbling in tattoo art, and I found my love for tattoos grew. It wasn’t planned for me to create horror/tattoo inspired art, I think I just subconsciously brought the two together, haha.
4. Do you do any other sorts of art? If so what kind?
I used to do a lot of gothic, almost Tim Burton-esque cartoony style stuff. I’ve also been known in the past to do abstract and cubism, it’s nice to do once in a while. But at the moment I’ve been concentrating on tattoo and horror stuff, as well as photorealistic portraits.
5. When you're working on your art what's your day look like?
It depends on the piece. Usually I’ll sit down with my sketch book and pencil, perhaps have a film on in the background, or some music (I can’t work in silence, seriously), and start sketching. I find I work best at night. Along with gallons of tea and far too many cigarettes, I gradually get to the point where I’m happy with the linework, so I’ll transfer the piece onto whatever the final material is. From here, I’ll start to develop the piece until I finally finish it. Depending on the size and contents of the piece, depends on how long it takes me to create it. It can be anything from a few hours, to over a week!
6. What made you decide not to make prints of your work available?
Money pretty much. For me to get high quality art prints made is expensive, and sadly I haven’t the funds to do so right now. But I also think that partly it’s better to do one-off work, it makes the pieces far more special, and obviously one of a kind. To think you have a piece of art that no one else has is something special I think.
7. Do you think you'll ever make artwork that's exclusively for prints?
I hope so, like I said, it’s more the cost over anything else. Never say never!
8. What's the hardest thing about being an artist?
Making a living from it, hahaha! But I try not to let that deter me. I do art because I enjoy creating pieces. Most of the art I create is stuff that I like, stuff I’d be proud to display on my walls. I don’t think I could ever sell a piece of art I wasn’t happy with.
9. What's your favorite thing about creating art?
I love the tranquillity, I can wonder off into my own little world, and what I vision in my head can appear on paper! I especially love creating things that are probably never going to occur in real life. Pieces like the Space Cock (http://vicki-death.deviantart.com/art/SpaceCock-138421389) are always truelly fun to create! After all, how often do you see a chicken in outer space with a fish bowl helmet and a ray gun? Haha.
10. Do you offer any custom tattoo design services? I've had lots of people ask me for those, but you specifically do tattoo style art, I'm sure people would want them if they knew about it. If you don't specifically offer that do you plan to in the future?
I do, if anyone would be interested in getting a custom design, then you can either request a custom piece through my store, or email me with all the details of what you are after on firstname.lastname@example.org
11. What art projects are you dreaming of in the future?
I don’t think there are any projects in particular that I dream of working on in the near future. It would be nice to release an art book at some point in my life. But for now, I’m just happy creating monsters!
So that’s the interview. Hope you enjoyed it!
Do you have any further questions for the bad-ass Miss Death? What did you think of the feature?