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From Paceville Bouncer To Portrait Artist, Is This Marsaskala Man The Best Of Both Worlds?

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The bouncers of Paceville have quite a fierce reputation – but one of their very own is quickly garnering his own unique reputation as a talented portrait artist, and he isn’t complaining. 

“I started drawing at my quċċija – I just grabbed a pencil and began drawing!” Joseph Carabott told Lovin Malta. 

Joseph was a bouncer and security officer at some of the most popular clubs in Paceville, where he found out that “everyone needs someone else to help them calm down. Especially when some people get into a panic or go to fight: just because you’re big, that doesn’t mean you’re something, it’s about how fast you are to help others that counts.”
Some of Joseph's artwork

Some of Joseph's artwork

Joseph Carabott

Joseph Carabott

While a future in drawing was clearly ordained by a higher power during his quċċija, Joseph always had a passion for being ripped AF.

“What’s interesting about bodybuilding is that I remember from a very early age, I always wanted to be muscular when I grew up,” he recounts. “I like bodybuilding, just to look good all year round. I used to compete, but I don’t do that anymore.”

Joseph’s approach to art is the same as his approach to working out – he has a need to improve, every single session.

“I always try to be better and better – in fact, every single artwork I do will be better than the one before,” he says with determination.

When it comes to his art, he has a clear speciality.

“I like to draw portraits, mainly of families and famous people,” he said. “I’ve always drawn, though I’ve never attended any drawing courses when I was younger. I had family members who were artists but I always loved tattooing, but it wasn’t always so easy with some of them.”

Many members of my family, like my father and uncle, were against my decisions – but I closed my eyes and let my feelings guide me instead

.”

Joseph and his partner, who is also very physically active

Joseph and his partner, who is also very physically active

“Now I’m doing this – it’s better than throwing people out, no?”

Joseph loves to draw faces, as realistically as possible. He’s drawn everyone from Sylvester Stallone to Marilyn Monroe to Charlie Chaplin and even Dom Mintoff for some local flavour – and he isn’t stopping anytime soon.

“My goal now is to continue improving more and more with my team and friends at Marsaskala’s Prodigy Studio. I have to thank my mom for all her support and even my family, and big thanks for Kerstin and Luke Mercieca in putting their trust in me,” he said.

And while some people might be surprised at his change in career, it all makes sense for Joseph.

”This is more fun,” he laughs, “and most all, the sheer satisfaction I get when I do something that gets good feedback…. it makes me appreciate myself more.”

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