Behind Closed Doors 218 - Eugene Rubuls

Published: 07 November, 2012 - Featured in Skin Deep 218, November, 2012

This issue, we hand over the crayons to Mr Eugene Rubuls – this my friends, is wildlife art at it’s finest; he’s a mean tattoo artist as well! Over to you, Sir…


My name is Eugene Rubuls, I’m tattooist in Southampton, U.K. I’ve been tattooing professionally for four years now and I’m a self-taught artist. I use a wide range of media such as charcoal, watercolour, and oil, but my favourite is acrylic and pencils.

ost of my inspiration comes from wildlife; I also draw portraits and tattoo flash designs. I paint as often as I’ve got time for it.

If I feel inspired I often end up painting from evening till early morning. I prefer to paint during the night, when it seems that the whole world is sleeping and it’s just me and the canvas.

I always take something from painting to tattooing and opposite – it works both ways for me. From painting I can take new colour combinations, composition, flow, and tattooing gives me the ability to focus on details and learn how to be patient.

I’m now working in a new studio, Ian Ink (11 St James Road, Southampton) and I have a lot of ideas for cool tattoo designs for you. If you would like to see some of my work, check out my Facebook profile.

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