Himanshu Sharma always wanted to do something in art, right from his school days. It was pretty clear to him from a young age that a 9 to 5 work style wasn’t for him.
The vision of making art on someone else’s body left him utterly inspired when he got his first tattoo. What drew him even more, was meeting new people with new ideas and concepts. Every day is a new journey for the artist!
A sketcher in his free time, at 14 years, he made up his mind to become a tattoo artist and started learning how to tattoo at the impressive age of 15! A professional artist ever since he was 16, he has been creating and spreading happiness to his clients.
Whilst the learning process, Himanshu realised that art as a hobby is always going to be compromised as he won’t be able to give his hundred percent. That’s when art became a career and has never made him feel like he has been working thanks to such an amazing job which is also his passion!
He set eyes on becoming a tattoo artist even though his parents were sceptical and reluctant of their son’s decision.
‘In the beginning, it was not easy, imagine a 15-year old telling their parents, I want to be a tattoo artist!’, says Himanshu.
He also wanted to change the mindset of people regarding tattoos and tattoo artists.
With no formal education in tattoo making, with a heart full of dreams to become a tattoo artist, the creative had the support of his family and mentor ‘Rishabh’ who guided him in the right direction and with right skills to go along with.
A belief system with focusing on himself and not caring about what others might think of him, he made himself strong and ventured out into owning India’s first luxury tattoo studio.
‘The Art Attack’ which is located in Chandigarh, he is also one of the youngest tattoo artist and owner of a tattoo studio!
The artist describes tattoos as emotions which represent who we are! He considers himself to be an artist first and then a tattooist. ‘Any medium where I can be creative is what makes me happy. Art for me is like meditation, I find myself happy and calm when I work on an art piece’, says the creative head.
Instead of going online and being up to date, he feels to focus on oneself and know who they really are is much more important for journey called life.
The tattoo artist also believes tattoos to be memories, life stories which are unique to every person, meaningful in a way they won’t regret later.
There is a difference between being an artist and being born as an artist, one can learn the skills but never the imagination stresses the tattoo artist!
‘What makes a good artist stand out, is good designing and authentic touch. I create my own style instead of copying the designs from the Internet. My vision is to inspire people to do and be original’, says Himanshu Sharma.
With different art styles to work and giving a unique touch of his own to every art form he creates, he imagines himself as one of his clients so that the tattoo does not form a part of any regrets later. ‘Artist, with his bird’s eye, can visualize better and how to give a more artistic touch. When you think like a client, that is when you give hundred percent’, quotes Sharma.
Not giving up, determination of constantly moving and working hard each day with discipline is definitely the artist’s strongest skill set.
As a tattoo artist, he refrains from using an eraser when he does something permanent on paper before tattooing.
Not just an artist, he also enjoys photography, fashion blogging, inspiring and motivating people, travelling and meeting new people, is always open to learning new things!
He gets to interact and meet new people with different stories regularly. One such encounter happened when a girl planned to get a tattoo of her brother’s name who had passed away when he was only 17 years old. Her mother started crying after the tattoo was done which gave the artist tears as well. Such moving stories like this remind him how the tattoo will always be close to the client even though the person doesn’t exist in their real life anymore.
There’s only one life given to everyone, it is short and should be made better to live one’s dreams and what one enjoys doing and to get better by the passing day, advises Himanshu Sharma.
Photos by ©Himanshu Sharma
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