My Day Job: Raoul Goetze | Tattoo Artist



After studying graphic design, a bit of multimedia design and some sound engineering, Raoul Goetze finally found his niche. The talented tattoo artist let us know about his anything but average day job in Cape Town.


Between 10and5: Please let us know your official (or unofficial) job title

Raoul Goetze: Tattoo Artist


10and5: If you studied, what and where did you study?

Raoul: I studied graphic design at AAA School of Advertising, a few months of Multimedia Design at City Varsity and sound engineering at Cape Audio College. Which is actually quite irrelevant I guess.


10and5: What does it take to do what you do?

Raoul: Commitment to do things the right way and not take shortcuts. With commitment, a lot of patience comes hand in hand. Creativity and an art background will make life easier, as well as the ability to draw.


10and5: Your favourite tattoo that you’ve ever done?

Raoul: Choosing a favourite tattoo is like choosing a favourite song. So hard to do and changes quite often. Most of the time it ends up being a tattoo where a client gave you full creative freedom, where you get a chance to approach an idea in your own style. A style that you prefer doing.


10and5: The strangest request you’ve had from a customer?

Raoul: Translating a phrase or sentence to Chinese, Latin or Arabic. Apparently my job entails translation as well. Any language, that is. An Afrikaans tribal or dolphin looking over its shoulder with a glint in its eye are never your daily, average requests. Just the characters who come in the shop in general with the their 4 page essays of ideas and sketches never get old.


10and5: What’s the most difficult part of your job?

Raoul: Just like most jobs, I would say difficult clients. No matter what your occupation, difficult clients are inevitable and they’re usually nightmares. Tattooing someone is a very personal process as well, whether it’s a client’s first or one of many. Some people tend to think they know better and it’s up to the artist to gain a certain level of trust and try to advise someone in the right direction regarding placements, design, layout, size etc. Elements that can affect a tattoo in the long run.


10and5: What do you love about your line of work?

Raoul: I draw on people for a living, it’s great! Other than the crazies, you do meet rad and interesting people as well! Every day is different!


10and5: What did you want to be when you were growing up?

Raoul: A game ranger


10and5: Advice to those who want to follow in your footsteps?

Raoul: A LOT of patience. No job to rush into, and an apprenticeship is a must. Rather learn the ‘ins and outs’ properly before attempting to tattoo someone. Some sort of art background will obviously help and put you that one step ahead in the long run. Tattooing is also not as glamorous as people make it out to be!


10and5: Your dream job?

Raoul: Happy where I am thank you!












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