Today we’d like to introduce you to Alonzo Villa.
Alonzo, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Well, to make a long story short I’ve spent most of my years here in San Diego. But due to my fathers work my family and I traveled quite a bit as well as lived over seas. I started my tattooing career back in 2008 here in San Diego (this year will mark ten years) and have never looked back. For a short period of time I went to school for Graphic Design, however I soon realized my passion for tattooing was much stronger. I also attended (which I highly recommend) Watts Atelier In Encinitas, CA where I was able to refine my life drawing and oil painting skills.
As for my personal life… I was fortunate enough to find someone who was able to motivate and inspire me in more ways than one. Helping push me off the edge when there have been times my self-doubts have begun to hold me back. My wife and I have been married for seven years and counting and we are accompanied by two beautiful children. They are my daily driving force, my fire, my Inspiration.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I work at Guru Tattoo Little Italy in Downtown San Diego. In terms of my work, I specialize in Black and Grey Photorealism and Illustrative work (in color and black and grey). I really enjoy both styles, especially when merging a more illustrative structure with rendering that is more lifelike.
As for my actual art, my area of expertise is the Oil painting. What I enjoy the most about it is that its creating art for the sake of art and breaking free from being so structured. There’s no real rule about “staying within the lines” with this medium. This medium makes me the happiest… although I spend most of those nights painting banging my head up against the wall trying to figure out my next move (s).
My work is my passion. I strive every day to become a better person/artist through and through. What I hope people take away from my work is that rest assured they were given 110% no if and or buts about it.
How can artists connect with other artists?
That’s a tough one. Every artist has some form of social anxiety/awkwardness and breaking someone out of that can be hard but we all have one thing in common: Art. My advice is to try and break out of your comfort zone and force yourself into situations where you are forced to interact with other like-minded people. You’ll never know what or who you might find.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Of course, anyone is more than welcome to stop by our beautiful shop for a visit in Downtown Little Italy. But if you cant make it in you can see my current work (in progress and completed) via Instagram as well as through our website.
- Address: Guru Tattoo Little Italy
2504 State st
San Diego, Ca 92101
- Website: https://gurutattoo.com/artist/alonzo-villa/
- Phone: (619) 232-1011
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: alonzovillatattoo