Brazilian tattoo artist Bruno Santos is not your regular late bloomer. He was already signed as a professional football player in Brazil when he surrendered to the call of tattooing. Not many people can put teenage football star and kickass tattoo artist in the same resumĂ©. As impressive as that sounds, it wasn’t as easy as crossing the midfield to get to the other side for Santos. A year after getting signed by Cruzeiro, a team he grew up supporting, his agent passed away. This event led to him turning to his old love of fine arts at 20 and luckily finding a mentor who taught him the tricks of the trade. And the rest is history.
Santos developed a distinct style that amalgamates blackwork, stippling, and conceptual imagery, with a touch of his own meticulous style and attention to detail. He has experimented with colour realism, black and grey, and neotraditional-esqueÂ designs in the past before settling on the more distinct and striking style that he has now.
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