"What did I ever do for fun that could be of any value to make a living?"
Raised between Ireland and Spain, Charles became a successful businessman and entrepreneur at the early age of twenty-one. In 2008 with the economic crisis he lost everything, which meant he had to refocus his life. Ready for a new start and a different approach to his career, he decided to embark in something he truly loved and turn it into something he could live on and enjoy it. Therefore, he asked himself; “What did I ever do for fun that could be of any value to make a living?”. The only answer he could find was painting.
Now, he had not permitted himself to take this path previously being one of the reasons that his father, a talented oil painter, had never managed to make a living exclusively with his art. However, for Charles’ it was different this time, he had lost it all, so he considered he had nothing to lose. Without an oil painting sold he began to take an interest on his friends’ tattoos. Initially they would ask him to draw something and then he would see it on them a few days later, his art depicted forever on their skin. The concept was very powerful, what better way of getting appreciation for your art than people having it on their body forever? This alone started Charles on a journey that changed his life!
Since starting in 2008, Charles has received over 53 Internationally Renowned Prizes & Awards for excellence in his field of work from some of the most important, prestigious industry events, Tattoo Conventions or Tattoo Festivals worldwide.
Some of the tattoo awards
GALWAY (IRELAND) - BEST OF DAY - 2013 and 2014
DUBLIN (IRELAND) - BEST OF SHOW - 2014 and 2015
BARCELONA (SPAIN) - BEST OF DAY - 2014, 2015, 2017
FRANKFURT (GERMANY) - BEST OF DAY - 2015
MADRID (SPAIN)- BEST OF SHOW - 2015
MILAN (ITALY)- BEST INNOVATION - 2015 and 2016
HONG KONG (CHINA)- BEST DONE AT SHOW - 2016
COPENHAGEN (DENMARK) - BEST OF SHOW - 2016
OTTAWA (CANADA) - BEST OF DAY - 2016
I LOVE TATTOO (TAIWAN) - BEST PORTRAIT- 2019
NEW YORK (USA) - BEST PORTRAIT- 2019
…. And many more, up to 53
Why do you want to choose me?
"Because I'm grateful to everyone who trusts me with their skin. So it's my duty to give my best in every tattoo"
I've painted for over 30 years
And over 13 years as a professional Realism Tattoo Artist
Travelled to tattoo with the best artists worldwide ...
Charles Huurman has tattooed in the best tattoo studios around the world, including Ami James' Love-Hate (Ireland), Freedom Tattoo (Hong Kong), Utopian Tattoo Tribe (Ireland and Spain), Soul Addiction (Ireland) and Andy Engel Tattoo (Germany) and many, many more...
Speaker at tattoo events, lectures and advanced seminars
The past years Charles has been called by other artists to speak at tattoo events and give seminars about innovative tattooing techniques he has developed. Only well-established artists are allowed to attend, having to prove their skills by sending their portfolios to obtain approval to attend.
Currently, people travel from all over the world just to attend his seminars
Inspirational story. Why is he so motivated?
His father, a talented oil painter, had never managed to make a living exclusively with his art. However, for Charles’ it was different this time, he had lost it all, so he considered he had nothing to lose...