Darwin Enriquez entered the world of body art at 20 years of age in his hometown of Valencia, Venezuela, when he began work creating designs for a tattoo shop. During his stint at the tattoo shop, he developed his artistic talents and felt an instant attraction to the art-form of tattooing. His discovery of how skin can also be a canvas on which to translate one’s designs on peaked his interest in pursuing a career path in tattooing.
After only one year of tattooing, Darwin was offered the opportunity to work in a professional studio and attend conventions, where he received recognition and awards for his work. From both his experiences at the professional studio and participation at conventions, Darwin felt an even stronger desire to improve and professionalize his art and receive international recognition for his art.
Darwin relocated to the capital city, Caracas, where he was hired by one of the most important artists in all of Venezuela. Studying alongside this famed artist led Darwin’s own vision to expand, and ultimately gave him the push he needed to travel abroad and experience different cultures, styles of tattoos, other artists and attend international conventions.
Darwin’s first international travels took him to Belgium, where he had the opportunity to meet many artists with different styles, which helped expand his own vision and helped him grow on both a personal and artistic level. Following Belgium, Darwin traveled to various parts of Europe and Latin America as he continued to seek out and achieve greater professional growth. It was through these travels that he also obtained recognition at international conventions and was interviewed by major magazines around the world.
Darwin’s recent travels have brought him to Last Rites Tattoo Theatre in the heart of New York City. Being a part of Last Rites Tattoo Theatre has given Darwin the opportunity to work amongst many talented artists at one of the most grand and revered studios in the country. He sees this as an exciting opportunity to work within his preferred aesthetic, the darker style of art, and continue to advance his own personal style and talent in both art-forms of tattooing and painting.
“We do not purchase only the work, we purchased a part of the artist, moments, thoughts and minutes of their lives.” – Darwin Enriquez.