Interview with Tattoo Artist, Morgaine Raven

Decades ago, when I was in my first year of S.S.W. at Centennial College (back when the Warden Woods Campus still existed) I was OBSESSED with tattoos!   I remember leaving my school placement downtown Toronto on my dinner break and walking to the tattoo parlour.  More specifically Way Cool Tattoos on Queen Street West and Bathurst, I just double checked they are still at that location!  I thought that it would be interesting to interview a Tattoo Artist as they have so may plains to play with between skin and canvas.  I found Morgaine Raven to be extremely artistic leaving nothing but beautiful clean lines on those she tattoos. For more information on Morgaine or to book her for a tattoo please follow her on Instagram @morgaineraven .

RMMW: Have you ever been creatively blocked?  If yes, how did you overcome it?

MR: Yes, all the time! I just try to find new things to get inspired, new artists, different styles etc. Sometimes just happens by itself, out of nowhere, something new appears. But even then, I guess it comes from some subconscious influences that I don't even realize.

RMMW: We all must deal with our inner critic, how do you contend with yours?

MR: Ahh... I am the worst... honestly, I am almost never 100% satisfied... but I guess that critic is responsible for our evolution so I will not complain.

RMMW: Do you have any artist rituals before starting a new tattoo?

MR: Rituals... not apart from preparing the design and setting up my station and my machines... I don't know if that is considered a "ritual" ha ha

RMMW: At what age did you first start tattooing?

MR: I started tattooing when I was 21.

RMMW: How many years did you apprentice?

MR: I apprenticed for only six months...

RMMW: Are you a self-taught artist or did you attend school for art?

MR: I just took some drawing lessons for 1 year but apart from that I would say I am self taught.

RMMW: Do you have a favourite tattoo machine that you like to use?

MR: Yes, when I used coils, I loved the small shader 2 of Victor Portugal... now that I am stuck with rotary, I mostly use the Cheyenne hawk spirit.

RMMW: What is your favourite tattooed piece by you?

MR: Hmm... It's hard to say... I don't think I have one favorite, but I love the pieces that the client told me an idea but then let me do whatever I want with it… I usually give a dark twist when they let me :P

RMMW: As an artist what is your favourite medium to create in?

MR: Apart from tattooing I would say acrylics on canvas.

RMMW: Do you remember the first tattoo you gave someone?  What was it?

MR: Yes, it was on a friend of mine, a little black creature with yellow eyes called Heartless from the game Kingdom hearts, on his leg.

RMMW: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

MR: In my spare time I am mostly at home watching movies, series and drawing...when I am not home, I like to hang out with friends and going to concerts.

RMMW: What is it about tattooing you enjoy so much?

MR: It may sound weird but apart from the fact that someone trusts you to do your art on his body forever, I love the way the needle penetrates and paints the skin. :P

RMMW: If you had a superpower what would it be?

MR: Teleportation! I am so tired of all the airplanes...trains...walking to go to the trains inside the city...You can save so much time and energy :)

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