Q + A With Tattify Artist Ong Jing Ren

Ong Jing Ren, a.k.a “Rooney Boy”, has a very distinct style to his work. Emotion is definitely a recurring theme throughout many projects. You can get lost in the little details, which helps connect to the piece on a whole new level. Now that you can wear his work as tattoos, though I’m really not sure how you’ll get much done in your day-to-day as you’ll be staring at your skin for hours on end. It’s a risk you’ll just have to take! You can shop the collection here!

1. Your series, “Part of Her”, shows human faces overlapped with animal faces / features. What was your inspiration for this series?

For this series, the inspiration came from an emotion. I have two sides myself and I believe everyone does. One they show everyone, another side absorbs all the pain. There are many different reasons that we may endeavour to hide, or disguise, the emotional pain that comes in the wake of negative beliefs about ourselves evoked by a particular person or situation. Sometimes, all I want to do is draw out my feelings and show the others, they are not alone. You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. Each animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language. You can see in “Part of Her” series, the eyes are crystal blue. Every animal has its own characteristics and it represent humans themselves.

2.What’s your medium of choice? Why?

Artline pen 0.05. It’s one of my favorite pens of all time. It helps me to create little details works.

3. Details, details, details! The little things are so prevalent in your work. How do you stay so focused on the details?

Bringing my passion to work. Passion is my enthusiasm, my zeal and my motivation. I like to apply all of my skills and energy into my work. When I am tired, I take some time off recharges and refresh my mind. I always come back with new insights and a focused mind.

4. Are there any illustration styles / mediums you’ve been looking into exploring more lately? Do you think trying new things is important?

I want to paint a mural. I am learning the medium to use for mural and planning to do one. Yes, it’s very important, trying new things helps you connect with people. It always makes me appear more interesting and grows my comfort zone.

5. You also have a series called Muse. Is this someone in particular? What do they mean to you?

This is one of my favorite series. People on earth have what is called the soul, or personal power. As you can see on this series drawing, there’s a lot of circle and bubble, it represent soul. The soul of humans is something that can be taken or given away or stolen.

6. Where is your happy place?

My hometown Triang, Pahang. Pahang is the third largest state in Malaysia. A lot of jungle around. Nature has played a vital role in my creative expression. The art I create from nature’s inspiration becomes part of my personal and cultural identity, I guess.

7. What does your daily routine look like?

0830-Wake Up 0900-Work Commute 1000-Arrive at work 1400-Lunch 1500-Work 1900-Home Commute 2000-Gym 2100-Dinner 2200-Drawing (This is the best part) 0130-Bed

8. If you weren’t an illustrator, what would your job be?

Dancer. It feels like you can just forget everything, its an escape.

9. Walk us through your mental process behind a piece.

When I draw I become part of the art and the art becomes part of me. I connect with feelings through drawing, it affect my thoughts, mind and control my hand.

10. Your artwork is now in temporary tattoo form! How has the experience been?

It’s unbelievable and it has been an amazing experience! My family and my friends love it.

11. What are you doing when you’re not creating?

Making videos! I basically record everything in my life and I love how it brings back good memories.

12. Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others?

I always remind myself with this quote by John C. Maxwell. “Dream doesn’t work unless you do!”

“Every animal has its own characteristics and it represent humans themselves.”


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