Name: Yanina Viland
From: Donetsk - Ukraine
I had to move to Russia Saint Petersburg, because of the political and economical situation back in Ukraine. I went to Art University and meanwhile worked 4 years doing piercings, and then as an interior designer in music clubs, and then as a hobby I started to make tattoos.
It’s been 7 years since I started doing tattoos, in all that time I had to deal with criticism which I do not call it that way. I don't like to waste my time doing tattoos I don't like, like cover ups. I have a pretty tight schedule making only tattoos that I like.
It’s uncertain talking about the future. If someone had asked me five years ago where I pictured me in the future probably wouldn’t be where I am now (Brazil). Something interesting will happen.
The tattoo culture is similar in Ukraine and Russia, tattoos are really popular, old people get tattoos, and very young people get tattoos too, kids from around 16-17 years old have tattoos in necks and hands. Nowadays everyone can do tattoos and everyone can have a tattoo which is a good and bad thing, because there are many unprofessional people doing tattoos, just because they think they can draw.
If I had to recommend 7 tattoo artist from my country, I would recommend:
The tattoos I like to do the most are geometric, abstract and free hand, I like to do real art in the body. When I do tattoos, I like to know my client, to know each other, talk a little bit and then decide between us the tattoo. I do have a private shop where my student Anna Ustrehava, who is also very talented, and I work together.
Interview by: Dilián Alejandra