Flying Eric, Surreal artistic master of newschool tattoos from Montreál

Flying Eric, Surreal artistic master of newschool tattoos from Montreál
October 29
18:03 2016

Flying Eric

Eric Dufour aka Flying Eric is both an artist as well as a tattoo artist and always works hard, both to combine the two, let them inspire each other, but also works hard to separately have time for both, and developing both sides of his art equally.
In both arenas he loves the colourful, the strange and the surreal and loves getting inspired by his surroundings, travels and especially by the people he meets. He is one friendly, deep and quirky tattoo artist with great skill at what he does, from Montreál, and I had the pleasure of interviewing him as you can see/read, below:


  1. What is your age, origins and current home?
    I am 41 , Born in 1975 In Montreal , Quebec . I am living in Montreal , Quebec (Canada).
  2. How long have you been a tattoo artist for?
    I started tattooing (officially) in a studio when I was 18 years old. So I am tattooing 23 years now.
  3. How did you get into tattoos and what got you started on your career as a tattoo artist?
    I was always interested in tattoos even as a kid , My Dad had some on his arms , something that wamalgam2016wall2as not so common at the time some dagger and swallow bird. I started drawing some designs when I was in secondary school, which I started selling in tattoo shops when I moved “downtown” Montreal for art-school studies ,some studios were really into
    my designs and purchased them and started requesting some specific ones that customers asked for, but were unfortunately not available in the flash sets available. One of these studio asked me after a while if I was interested in becoming a tattoo artist and working for them.
  4. How would you describe your own style and what has inspired it?
    I guess my style fits into the new school branch, or cartoon. Since I started in the 90’s, I was really inspired by graffiti art and more in the tattoo scene the New school stuff from California I saw in the magazines , Tattoo and art by Mike Davis and Markus Pacheco mostly , many different things that was different from the tattoos We saw in the 80’s , breaking rules of tradition. Images that would suit better different generations or just different minds.
  5. What is your favourite type of client and what is your favourite type of tattoo to do, and why?
    I like working with people as much as working alone painting, I always thought that the really direct connection with people as a tattoo artist kept me sane in
    a way , I do not know if it ever made sense. I worked with many different type of people, bringing sometimes ideas that pushed me to get out of my “zone” , With the style I
    do sometimes people with ideas that they considered different from a stream or just that did not fit in a particular traditional tattoo pre-established style .I like when customers
    come with some project with some leading theme , a little undefined , that leaves place for imagination .
  6. I know you are an artist besides being a tattoo artist, as I have seen awesome street ajuin4futureworld-best-res-600dpiart/grafitti art you have done, as well as playing Cards and more. Is it difficult to balance it with your career/job as a tattoo artist, or do you manage to make them Work together in some way?
    It is sometimes hard to be artist and tattoo artist at the same time, I guess the hardest part is to be consistent in both, to balance. I sometimes get a lot of work with the tattoo sketches in the evening, I tried over time to still separate my work with customers apart from my paintings and personal projects even though they are connected in some way, even sometimes similar.
    I wished some years that I would have more time for painting, even my customers pushed me into it, and most of them were understanding if I would do my own illustration or work on my painting exhibitions instead of doing my “tattoo homeworks”! Because this artistic side is probably one of the reasons they came to me as a tattoo artist.
    I think the balance is better now after 20 years, more time for painting!
    My last painting exhibition ( Fantome 3 ) was held in my tattoo studio , that We transformed into a Galerie for some two weeks, it was kind of nice to changed things, to see people coming in and not totally understanding what was happening in the tattoo shop.
  7. Now I know you travel a lot, both being a convention regular in Scandinavia as well as other places around the World, but do you prefer to stay at your own shop when it comes to your tattoo work or is travelling the best part of the job (so to speak)?
    I like to travel for tattooing, guest spots in studio and conventions, but not all the time.
    I like to work for some months in Montreal as a home base but I always want to move after a while. Something about breaking the structure maybe, meeting new people or friends that I made while traveliemy2ng. Just being abroad and tattooing in other customs gives me so much inspiration. I filled some sketchbook in my travels, hope I will do something with some of them in the coming years. Lots of architecture sketches, some characters and landscapes.
    Younger I wanted to travel without end, but I always came back to Montreal …
  8. If you could create your own dream tattoo studio (maybe you already have?), what would it be like, are there specific Things which are a must or that you dream of having in it?
    Many tattoo studios are “dream studios “, in their own ways. I think that most of the place I worked in or visited have their own life. I like the smallest ones, music playing, original art on the walls.
  9. What are your plans for the future, any big Projects coming up soon or conventions and such?
    For the next years, I would like to try to keep this “balance” We talked about, Tattooing, painting and traveling. Work with different artists. It is a little vague I know.
    After my last solo painting show, I strangely came up with some new perspective for canvas compositions. Like a closure in the work, as if I had to go somewhere else now without
    trying to, some new avenues. We will see where this is going I now paint for some work that will b zz-automne-priestess1-2014-600dpie in collective exhibitions.
    For sure The idea that I should do something about the sketch books is there but still unclear. Maybe some illustration book, no defined idea yet! For my tattoo work, I try to keep the same direction as before, but make it clearer.
  10. What would your advice be for anyone who reads this, and wants to become a tattoo artist?
    I think that drawing is a key to finding your own way in tattooing, drawing before tattooing!
    To draw it from your own reference or reality instead of looking “online” for references
    makes a big difference. So many new tattoo artist nowadays. I heard from someone ( I really forgot who it was sorry ) that if one wanted to get into tattooing, had to bring something of his own into tattooing, or something new maybe, I think that it made sense, not in a arrogant or pretentious way.

I hope you guys will give him a look, enjoy his awesome artwork and tattoo skills.

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Mads W. K. Masters of science in Sociology (Cand. Scient. Soc.), from the University of Copenhagen, who specializes in embodiment sociology, but especially in tattoos and tattoo culture etc.

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  1. Nordra
    Nordra December 08, 03:29

    The first time I met this guy we were in highschool. I knew right away (as most people around back in that time) that he was born to be an artist and would achieve great things with regards to his undescribable talent. I still have some “originals” that he gave me as birthgift. I wish him the best!

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