Around a month ago I was happy to continue the never ending project of skin. I got my first tattoo long ago and I knew back then that it wouldn’t be my last one. I love the idea of the commitment between an artist and the person who wants to get a lifelong picture on their skin. It’s exciting and and there’re a lot of opinions when it comes to the meaning of the tattoo and what’s the picture about.
All of my tattoos have a meaning behind them and it’s very important for me to tell my story to the artist. Some people just want to have a cool picture and that’s completely fine too, but at least for me it’s important that I can share my story with the person who is bringing it to life.
I don’t want to go too deep into the story behind my bear because it’s a long story but I discovered my totem animal on my way to Santiago. Around two and a half years ago I walked from Pamplona to Santiago on a road called “Camino de Santiago”. I was never able to write about it afterwards and it’s really hard to describe how much that kind of a journey can change you as a person but I decided that I will carry those stories on my skin forever so I won’t forget them. There are a lot of stories about that road and many people have written books about it, I highly recommend to read about it if you have the time. I don’t want to forget what I learned there and every time I feel like I’m forgetting what I’ve learned, I try to go back to those memories and put my thoughts into the real perspective.
I had really vivid dreams about bears on the “camino” and before that I’d never dreamt about animals. I’ve heard that if you have animals in your dreams it’s a good thing, I don’t know if it’s true or not but at least I felt good after those dreams. I never thought I would have animals in my dreams anymore but a week before the opening party of our friend’s tattoo studio the bear came back to my dream. Maybe it was just a coincidence but at that point I knew that my next tattoo had to be a bear. In the end I was able to get it and I couldn’t be happier.
Totémika is an amazing tattoo studio located in Raval and the group of people that are working there are the most welcoming group of people that I can think of. I have to say that when I got my first big tattoo, I was terrified and I didn’t really know what to expect. I just had the idea in my head that I wanted it and that’s it. Now I know that it doesn’t have to be something terrifying and not all tattoo artists are terrifying and they do smile even though they’re doing a serious job. I can imagine that people have different kinds of experiences and expectations when it comes to tattoos, but I think this scene has changed a lot during the years and now it’s also important to not only have the talented group together but also the “buena onda”, the “good vibes”. It’s important that you really feel welcomed and you don’t feel like it’s just a business transaction.
When I came back home I felt that I had a great time even though I had just been punished with a needle. At least for me the pain is not that big of a deal when both – the artist (they have to be so accurate and careful) and the customer feel that the result of creating something new was pleasing for both. It’s not only a picture, it’s a mixture of many things and a lifelong story to tell to other people.
If you’re planning in getting a tattoo in Barcelona, or think that any of your friends needs one, I would definitely go to Totémika and have a talk with those nice guys.
Check out their website to know more about the artists and to see their artwork: https://www.totemikastudio.com/
The artist in charge of my tattoo has an instagram: @david_molina_tattoo
And special thanks to my friend Cuau (@cuauhtemoccasgar) !
Address and phone:
+34 666 65 92 33
– Eeva –