Roly Viruez


My name is Roly Maximiliano Viruez Oyola , better known as Roly Viruez and I was born Santa Cruz, Bolivia.  At an early age, I have always been surrounded by the arts.  My father was a sculptor and I still remember the fragrances of the different woods around the house.  My mother was a Fashion Designer, who also made her own dresses and alterations at our house.  Having both of my parents in the business of arts; inclined me to be an artist from a young age. The strongest memory that had influenced me the most are the interactions with people that my father surrounded me with.  He always had artists coming to the house or took me to art exhibitions.  However, living in Bolivia was not always easy. There aren’t as many opportunities especially in the art’s field.  Surviving was a priority for my family. A series of unfortunate events happened in our lives’ and so we had to leave, not only our family, but also our history, culture, and life as well. My father stayed to try to recover some of what we had lost and consequently was never able to move with us, thus our paths grew apart.  We immigrated and stayed here in the United States when I was 15 years old. New York City was the new world for us, and we thought that it was going to be awesome, but reality was completely different.  We lived in the scary places and to think about them depresses me.  Instead of drown myself in pity; I used all the energy in pencil and paper.  I made a pledge to myself that I would make my family proud with my art. I attended college and graduated with an Associates degree in illustration and began pursuing for my bachelors degree at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.  But then one day I decided to move to Tennessee with my wife and left everything once again. It was the best decision of my life yet.  Clarksville is a small town compared to NYC, but I found a great tattoo shop in September 2008 and have been there ever since.  Tattoo Technique, in downtown Clarksville. My mentor and great artist, Andy Casali III took me in and from there I just couldn’t get enough of art.  I started tattooing, painting, and my skills grew fast.  I was and still am always studying other artists. Learning, practicing, and hard work helped me achieve what I always wanted.

This is my 7th year in the industry and I feel that I cant stop learning and improving, and that’s what I love!  It’s great to have a job knowing I could never cap out!  I’m not in a rush to find my particular style so I’m just enjoying it as I go. I started going to conventions a few years ago and I have to admit that it is so much work and pressure, but I love it.  At every convention I have been to, I’ve met great artists that make all the work worth it. I feel so appreciated when an artist comes and tells me, “good job Roly” and buys one of my prints or simply takes my card.  It gives me a sense of satisfaction and a drive to push forward even harder.   The tattoo industry has given me so much and I am truly blessed to be a part of it.  So far everything has been a great ride and you will see me at more conventions and maybe with some more tattoos on myself.  When it comes to style of tattooing I prefer to work on realistic subjects mixed with Japanese style or have a watercolors for background. I want to thank everyone who takes interest in my work and this short biography of my life.  I appreciate all the love and support and I will always do my very best each day.


“I really appreciate people who choose me to do their tattoos, because a tattoo will stay with that person for the rest of their life, and that is why I do my very best for every tattoo.”

-Roly Viruez

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