We had the good fortune of connecting with Nyahzul C Blanco and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nyahzul C, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
Discipline, focus and passion. I’ve always been extremely passionate about art, but I was very distracted, when I finally found a way to focus my attention and to trust myself my work begun to flow. I’m not afraid to take chances, even when the outcome hasn’t been what I originally planned for, it has always lead me exactly where I needed to be. I think personally all of this has helped me succeed.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I absolutely love tattooing, it is, in my opinion, the most sacred form of art. I lost someone very important to me in 2015. He was a tattoo artist and had encouraged me to learn this art form. I didn’t when he passed away. I started thinking about tattooing a lot. A friend called me at that time and said she had a dream of me tattooing and reassured me that in her dream I was successful. I took that as the sign I needed to start my pursuit in becoming a tattoo artist. The process was long, I spent a year looking for a place to apprentice, a friend eventually brought me to the studio she worked at and helped me get a foot through the door. I showed up twice a week for a year and, after this, the owner took me as his apprentice. I studied for another year under him and honed in on my artistic skills, unfortunately, things didn’t work out and I left to finish my apprenticeship elsewhere. In leaving, I had to start over at another studio and was mainly working the reception. When I was finally beginning to tattoo, the studio closed and then the pandemic hit… Life is crazy and it tests you on the things you want. I thought about quitting a few times but thankfully I have amazing humans around me who encouraged me and believed in me when I didn’t. I’ve learned so much about myself, about trust… nothing happens overnight, it takes time and sometimes it takes failure, but hopefully you love what you do so much and have a good support system that you don’t give up and find the patience it needs to bloom. I am currently working at Yomico Art Studio in Brooklyn and White Rabbit Tattoo in Manhattan. I feel very lucky to be where I am at this moment. Art is my life, it’s in everything that I do and it is everything that I am. I am Art.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
When friends visit I always have to make a stop in Dumbo. It has the best view of the city! There are so many special places in NYC that it’s hard to choose one. Depending on the week or season anything could be happening, however, The Cloisters are definitely something I recommend or checking out some art. If the Get Down Party is happening at House of Yes, and they like dancing, then it’s a must. For food, Milon in LES is super fun, kinda like stepping into a Christmas tree, Shelter in Williamsburg is chill and the food is pretty good, I can’t seem to remember more names of places, wandering the city is always the best and you can run into all sorts of gems.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to my daughter Mantis, my beautiful family, all my dear friends who’ve guided and supported me along the way (too many to list) and so much love for my tattoo family at Yomicoart Studio and White Rabbit Tattoo!