Tat2X: How long have you been creating body art?
Paul Roustan: I established my body art studio in 2005.
Tat2X: What made you decide to become an artist?
Paul Roustan: I’ve always been into drawing as early as I can remember. It seems more like art chose me. I’m not so sure I really had much choice.
Tat2X: How did you choose the human body as a canvas? Did you apprentice?
Paul Roustan: I started painting on people out of curiosity. I’d always been a cartoonist/illustrator. While working as an editorial illustrator for an adult magazine, I ran the idea past the editor to paint a model for a photo spread. They were into the idea, that was my first real gig, and I’ve been hooked ever since.
Tat2X: Did you apprentice? How did you perfect your technique?
Paul Roustan: I did not apprentice. I learned through a lot of obsessive trial and error. I retain what works, and maintain awareness of what doesn’t. I can’t say I would I ever be able to perfect my technique. It is a constant exploration.
Tat2X: What are the tools of your trade?
Paul Roustan: I primarily use the airbrush. I paint both freehand and with shields and stencils. I usually employ what is needed for the given concept. I am also exploring the use of Chinese brush on skin a little as well.
Tat2X: Who are the artists that you admire?
Tat2X: Has any individual in particular influenced your career?
Paul Roustan: Gary Fasen. He taught me the airbrush, and how to work for myself. He encouraged me to explore art for myself within a commercial environment.
Tat2X: What would you say is your favorite part of the job?
Paul Roustan: I like getting lost in what I do. I don’t realize how much work actually goes into painting the full body in such a short amount of time. I love doing it, time flies and it’s seems like I just don’t notice the workload. Plus I’m very impatient creatively. I love how fast paced body painting is required to be.
Tat2X: How would you describe your style?
Paul Roustan: Eclectic Exploration.
Tat2X: What’s the most unusual request for a piece of body art you’ve ever had?
Paul Roustan: I was once asked to paint a baby on the belly of a man who had surgically altered his stomach to appear pregnant.
Tat2X: Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?
Paul Roustan: Face your fears and stay away from comfort zones. Try to maintain some level of uncertainty in your goals, just to see the result.
Tat2X: What kind of music do you like to listen to?
Paul Roustan: I like most types of music. It really depends on what mood I’m in.
Tat2X: What do you do to relax when you’re not working?
Paul Roustan: I love surfing in the ocean.
Tat2X: Is there anything else we should know about you or your studio?
Paul Roustan: If you want to learn more about my process check out my YouTube channel Roustan Body Paint .
About Artist and Body Painter Paul Roustan:
To see more of Body Painter Paul Roustan’s amazing work you can visit RoustanBodyPaint.com or you can check out his Google Plus and Facebook pages . You can also follow him on instagram @roustan .