THE EROTIC COLLECTION by Paulo Cruzes
Oh my word! At this year’s London Tattoo Convention, Paulo Cruzes unveiled what most surely be one of the most outrageous and gratuitous tattoo machines of all time.
The first of the machine builder’s erotic collection, ‘The Wet & Slippery’ features a miniature replica mold of the female genitalia, which Paulo describes as being “like a delicate flower”. It is mounted on a power liner and finished in a high gloss varnish which gives it the desired ‘wet’ look. Paulo comments: “this machine put a smile on the face of whoever saw it, a unique and one-off machine, it is the start of a new series…more seductive and erotic creations will be unfolded in the next few weeks. “we have to take orders for this machine as it is custom made; prices range from £250 to £300”.
Paulo Cruzes the Obsessed tattoo machine engineer.
By Dave Perry, TATTOO MASTER, Issue Thirteen 2011
Busy, busy, busy, is the best way I can think of to describe the work ethic of Paulo Cruzes, and while this likeable machine builder may not have been a part of the tattoo world for long, he seems determined to make up for lost time.
Regularly popping up at conventions throughout the world with his ever-growing arsenal of imaginative hand built machines; Paulo is one of the nicest, most accommodating men I have ever met, with an enthusiasm for his art that can only be described as infectious. Having talked to him often, over the internet, I finally met Paulo face to face at Tattoo Freeze in January, and, having sent only a short time in his company, decided that his kind of passion for machine building and the tattoo world in general was something that deserved to be explored further…
HEY PAULO, ITS GOOD OT MEET YOU AGAIN MY FRIEND… WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN UP TO SINCE WE LAST CHATTED AT TATTOO FREEZE?
Been great mate… busy making machines as usual.
LET’S BRING EVERYONE UP TO DATE A LITTLE BY GIVING THEM A LITTLE BIT OF YOUR PERSONAL BACKGROUND…
Well, originally im from France. My parents are Portuguese. I’ve been living in England for the last 20 years in and out because I have also lived in New York for seven years.
I love to travel a lot and visit temples. I do photography as a hobby.
SO TELL ME ABOUT YOUR TATTOO CAREER TO DATE. HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE INDUSTRY?
Since I was teenager, I’ve always been fascinated by tattoos. I started my tattoo career when I was traveling in Europe in my 20’s…in Spain. I was an apprentice for a short time. Then there was a big pause – as I tried other fields in life. I have a big curiosity for many subjects, and as a matter of fact, it is very hard for me to just focus on one thing at a time.
In 2007 I decided to concentrate and give tattooing another go.
DO YOU STILL FIND TIME TO TATTOO?
No I do not, I hardly get time to tattoo, “but I will next year”
WHAT SHOP DO YOU WORK AT WHEN YOU ARE TATTOOING?
I do freelance. At present I do not tattoo in a shop, but I have been looking at locations to open a store in London.
WHEN DID YOU FIRST BEGIN BUILDING YOUR OWN MACHINES?
I built my first machine in 007. The Barking Frame. I called it ‘barking’ because that’s where I made it, in Barking, London.
WHAT PROMPTED YOU TO DO THAT?
It all started when I took apart most of my machines… I wanted something different and lightweight. Most of the machines I was looking into were heavy and bulky. Since my background was in working with metal, I gave it a go. Designed it on paper and the rest is history.
HISTORY INDEED, AND HOW WOULD YOU SAY YOUR MACHINE BUILDING HAS CHANGED SINCE THOSE EARLY DAYS?
I always experiment on different material to include in my machines. I want my machines to stand out. My custom machines vary as most of them are one-offs, but I have been improving all the time. I am still searching for the perfect machine, if there is such a thing as a perfect machine.
DO YO UPERSONALLLY HAND MAKE EVERY MACHINE YOU SELL?
I do, but I subcontract some parts out when making batches. I always design and try all the parts personally though, before putting them out.
THE MOST NOTICEABLE THING ABOUT YOUR MACHINES FOR ME IS THE AMOUNT OF IMAGINATION AND CRAZINESS THAT OFTEN GOES INTO THE FRAMES. DO YO NOT WORRY THAT THIS MAY MAKE YOUR MACHINES SEEM A LITTLE ‘GIMMICKY’ TO ARTIST?
I always put 200 per cent in every machine I do. The craziness and uniqueness is what I really want to achieve. Like art and jewellery… they have to be aesthetically pleasing and functional. Most of the machines I make are made upon consultation and requirements. The tattooist gives me ideas/guidelines, and I go from there. Some of the ideas are real good; I get a buzz from it.
WHAT IS OUR FAVORITE MACHINE THAT YOU MAKE?
I always say every machine I make is my favorite – they are all special to me as I have made each one personally.
OKAY, WELL WHAT I S THE CRAZIEST MACHINE THAT YOU HAVE MADE THEN?
There are quite a few that I have made… the Sayagata with Japanese coins that I made for Josh from Ashford in Kent is a favorite. The spider web frame, quite a few themed machines like the End of Times (watches)… coin machines and more. A few wood machines also.
HAVE ANY OTHER MACHINE BUILDERS HAD A PARTICULAR INFLUENCE ON YOU AND HOW YOU WORK?
My all time number one is Mr Spider Webb form the USA, he does real nice work. Dan Dringenberg also, he makes awesome machines, simple and clean, and he is a genuine guy. Patrick Chaudesaigues from France; we talked a lot about making coils, he shared a lot of knowledge with me on the subject, when I first started.
WHEN YOU TATTOO, WHAT MACHINES DO YOU PERSONALLY LIKE TO USE? HOW DO YO LIKE THEM TO RUN?
I always use my machines… depending on what I am tattooing. I like a short stroke for liners and longer strokes for shaders… nut not necessarily.
DO YOU USE ANY OTHER BUILDER’S MACHINES, OTHER THAN YOUR OWN?
I do… I use Dan’s and some others given to me by friends, tattoo builder friends, therefore they are sentimental machines.
SO HOW DOES AN AVERAGE WORKING DAY IN THE LIFE OF PAULO CRUZES PAN OUT?
I always start my day reading my books… then play with my Pixy.
Then I put my working hat on… I study software and building machines in my workshop, do photos of my work.
I am always looking to optimize my skills, or to learn new skills. For instance, this weekend I am taking an intensive three days course of eight hours a day, with the Hand Engravers Association of Great Britain, to improve my hand engraving skills.
I HEAR YOU’VE BEEN WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH XED LEHEAD LATELY TOO, TELL ME MORE ABOUT THAT…
Oh yes, my good mate Xed… it’s a work in progress Xed is an amazing artist in the true sense of the word. Xed is not a commercial artist, he is the real McCoy. Such a genuine guy, he is a great inspiration to me, and he knows about tattoo machines… a lot. He has taught me a lot about rotary machines and dot work, and about geometric patterns. I have a lot of respect for Mr. Xed LeHead, he stands out from the crowd and his work is amazing. He also teaches me about his dot work patterns, I want to apply dot work into my tattoos, I love Xed’s work.
AND WHAT OTHER MARQUEE NAME ARTISTS ARE CURRENTLY USING PAULO CRUZES TATTOO MACHINES?
Well apart from Xed, there is Remi of Ireland, Mick Tomo of York, Du Zewu from Shanghai, Valerie from Vagabond Ink, Singapore, Robert Hernandez from Spain, Roland of Jimmy Wong form Bangkok; the list could g on and on, all around the world. Too many to mention.
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU TATTOOED YOURSELF?
A few days ago by Xed – on my hand and neck. A geometric pattern – flower of life and sacred heart respectively. Right now, I have lots of work going on.
WHAT ARE YOUR FEELINGS ON THE INCREASING USE OF ROTARY MACHINES IN THE TATTOO WORLD? WOULD YOU YOURSELF EVER THINK OF MAKING A ROTARY MODEL?
I am so interested in rotary machines… I will be unveiling my rotary machines soon, so watch this space!
WHAT DO YOU HAVE PLANNED FOR THE FUTURE? I KNOW YOU ARE A GUY WHO IS ALWAYS COMING UP WITH NEW CHALLENGES AND IDEAS?
I am working on lots of projects at the moment. I will be showcasing new machines soon and will be collaborating with a very renowned artist. All will be revealed in few months’ time.
I OFTEN SEE YOU SELLING YOUR MACHINES AT CONVENTIONS, SO WHAT ARE THE CRAZIEST EXCUSES YOU HAVE EVER HEARD FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TRYING TO BUY ONE OF YOUR MACHINES?
Well, few want me to send machines for free – you know, try now,, pay later? They try everything to get one without paying. They all want custom machines made for peanuts. Well, a man needs to earn a living for his family right?
RIGHT. SO HOW WOULD OU LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED TO THE TATTOO INDUSTRY?
I want to be remembered by the tattoo industry as an accomplished artist that produced the most unique tattoo machines ever built. I want to be remembered as being a nice guy.
FINALLY, IS THERE ANYONE YOU’D LIKE TO THANK?
There are a lot of people I would like to thank for helping to get me to where I am at present and they know who they are… my family who have been supportive throughout and my lovely daughter – who is my inspiration.
Paulo Cruzes Collection of New Twin Motor Rotary Tattoo Machine
Date: 24/09/2012 For Immediate Release
California, USA– 24nd September: 2012 –
Paulo Cruzes designed the first ever twin motor rotary tattoo machine, and has been made available in the market. It is the first time that a tattoo machine uses two Maxon motors in a single unit.
A new kind of tattoo machine has been designed that uses twin Maxon motors. Paulo Cruzes rotary tattoo machine is available in two special editions of terminator and renegade. The new machine is designed by Paulo Cruzes who used a large piece of aluminum metal drawn from an aircraft, crafted to its unique design, fitted with essential parts and two Maxon motors. The twin design of the tattoo machine made it run much smoother compared to single motor tattoo machines, and it work effectively at low voltages.
The twin design of the machine made it less painful for tattoo enthusiasts who loves making tattoos because it is smoother and has less vibration. It also gives less pain to skin and it smoothly puts ink inside the skin without damaging, and amazingly it only weights 120grams. Paulo also put a spring inside the structure of his twin motors rotary tattoo machine that tattoo artists can adjust to set strokes and cushion the way the needle of the machines hits the skin.
To further improve the performance of the machine it is under testing and is being used by many tattoo artists to check how it performs. The feedback from different people and professionals will be used to make adjustments to the Paulo tattoo machine.
In its first trial, Paulo left his machine running for hours and pushed it to maximum voltage until the parts started to shock in order to check how it performs when it is pushed to its maximum. After some evaluation of its performance, Paulo made adjustments and made some changes in it.
The machine was also tested by Delphine Noiztoy who is a popular tattoo artist and lives in France. Among Delphine, Paulo has also asked other tattoo artists to test his machines and find what they think about his machine. He also introduced two special editions of his new machine called Renegade rotary tattoo machine. The Renegade edition of his machine is completely covered with plated copper that gives it a shinny orange yellow shine, and it looks fantastic.
The Renegade collection also comes in brass plating version. Paulo also has another special edition of copper plated Terminator tattoo machine in his collection.
Beside Renegade and Terminator machines, the Sayagata rotary tattoo machine is a special 2012 edition that is also installed with Swiss Maxon motor and it can give strokes of 4.4mm but if you open the suspension of the machine it can give longer strokes of 5mm. The longer strokes of the machine are smoother than short strokes. The Sayagata machine is also copper coated and it has different features compared to Renegade and Terminator machines.
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