David Jorquera style: “dark Black and Grey”

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David Jorquera has a style that is unique and simply can’t be pigeonholed in any category. His tattoos, which in his own words, can be “placed in the spectrum of dark Black and Grey” are powerful, solid and one of a kind – also thanks to World Famous inks: “versatile, easy to work with and solid as hell”. Let’s find out some more…

David Jorquera, DarkTimes Tattoo, Krakow, Poland
David Jorquera, DarkTimes Tattoo, Krakow, Poland

Hi David! Do you want to tell us how your love of drawing and painting turned into the profession of tattooist?
With time we tend to find the things that reflects our thoughts and way of living. I got my first tattoo machine at the age of 15, even thought it wasn’t until a few years later that I actually started using it.

Tattooing has always sort of been present in my life and, having learned the fundamentals of art, has really helped me to evolve naturally tattooing.

David Jorquera, DarkTimes Tattoo, Krakow, Poland
David Jorquera, DarkTimes Tattoo, Krakow, Poland

From a technical point of view: what are the difficulties involved in transferring one of your drawings onto skin? What’s the difference between a work conceived for a “dead” surface and one that has to fit in perfectly with a body in motion?
Art has many different ways to be expressed, and every way has a different approach. When I’m painting I’m not necessarily thinking about tattooing, I’m not painting a tattoo design, so, on the other hand I’m not tattooing my drawings/painting, the general concept can be adapted and have a connection but the execution is different.

David Jorquera, DarkTimes Tattoo, Krakow, Poland
David Jorquera, DarkTimes Tattoo, Krakow, Poland

How important for you is the choice of the right instruments?
The real trick is to know your equipment well. That way you are able to focus on the artistic matter with no excuses.

David Jorquera, DarkTimes Tattoo, Krakow, Poland
David Jorquera, DarkTimes Tattoo, Krakow, Poland

What guarantees do inks from World Famous give you? Why did you choose them?
I’ve been tattooing with World Famous Ink for over 5 years now. I’m really happy with the results, solid as hell, easy to work with, and versatile.

David Jorquera, DarkTimes Tattoo, Krakow, Poland
David Jorquera, DarkTimes Tattoo, Krakow, Poland

Let’s talk about your style: how would you define it?
I would say; Jorquera’s style. Putting my work into a specific category would just block my thoughts and the way the tattoo is executed. I like to stay open-minded and inspired by mysurroundings. Though I can certainly see my work being placed in the spectrum of “dark Black and Grey” it’s just my natural way to express myself in tattooing. It’s who I am, it’s full of life, movement and decay of time in a shallow grave.

David Jorquera, DarkTimes Tattoo, Krakow, Poland
David Jorquera, DarkTimes Tattoo, Krakow, Poland

What are your favourite subjects, the ones you would never get tired of doing?
Undead things mostly.

David Jorquera, DarkTimes Tattoo, Krakow, Poland
David Jorquera, DarkTimes Tattoo, Krakow, Poland

Who are your masters? And who are your reference points in the art world?
iInever had an apprenticeship, but I was able to learn and share experiences with many artists around the world. My reference points in the art world I’d say are Giger, Velazquez, Wes Benscoter, and El Bosco among others. In tattooing specifically, I’d say Grime, Filip and Paul Booth.

David Jorquera, DarkTimes Tattoo, Krakow, Poland
David Jorquera, DarkTimes Tattoo, Krakow, Poland

How did you end up going from Chile to Poland?
I just took the opportunity to work at Darktimes, which ever since then, has given me peace of mind. I enjoy working with professionals.

David Jorquera, DarkTimes Tattoo, Krakow, Poland David Jorquera, DarkTimes Tattoo, Krakow, Poland

What is the tattoo scene like in Krakow?
Krakow is an awesome city, my favourite, but I don’t know much about the tattoo scene.

What plans have you got for the future?
Basically to live easy. I’d like to continue developing my art as much as I can. I’m also planning on releasing a new physical sketchbook soon. Hopefully within the next year. It’s really exciting and I’m working hard on it.

David Jorquera, DarkTimes Tattoo, Krakow, Poland
David Jorquera, DarkTimes Tattoo, Krakow, Poland

Is there anything I haven’t asked that you would like to add before we wind up?
I’ve got a new profile where I share my art. I’m not sure where it’s going to take me but it feels great to share my process with you guys, a new path between the roots.

David Jorquera, DarkTimes Tattoo, Krakow, Poland
Follow David on Instagram: @david.jorquera
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