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Inez Janiak


 

How long have you been tattooing and how did you start your tattooing journey?

 

It’s been about 8/9 years since now. I’ve been studying at Medical University in Łódź when I have decided to change my path and buy a standard cheap set for a tattoo artist. I know it wasn’t wise but I was to shy to ask anyone for help so I tried to learn from Youtube on my ex-boyfriend. Now I know that the best way to learn it is to take an apprenticeship at a tattoo shop. For the first few years I’ve tried almost every style of tattooing because I’ve been looking for my own style.

 


 

Do you remember what was the first tattoo you did? If so, tell us what it was and for who.

 

Of course, I remember, it’s been a tribal on my ex-boyfriend’s calf, on our sofa :D. Still, not wise, I know. He still got it, and it still won’t look that bad. 

 


 

Please, tell us about your current tattoo style and how it has changed over the years.

 

People are calling it, “sketch-style” and I think it’s a good name for it. 5 or 6 years ago I’ve been thinking that I’m going to do dotwork tattoos but it still wasn’t enough crazy for me. Since I was I child I’ve been drawing really aggressive. My designs have been unfinished but with many additional lines around it so I have decided that I’ll try to transfer it to the human flesh. From the very beginning, many of the tattoo artists said people would not like it and nobody wants such tattoos. You can see they were very wrong 🙂 I think at the beginning my work was much rougher and less detailed. Over time, I tried to improve my technique, observing many artists from around the world at work, I was slowly finding myself.

 


 

Does anyone or anything inspire you?

 

I’ve been talking with many artists, not only tattoo artists but also with musicians about being inspired by something. And I can say with a clear heart that everything around me inspiring me. Nature, people, music,  photo sessions, noises, modern art, and that from old centuries. I really like visiting art museums from around the world from every visit I can bring something inspiring to my drawings and tattoos. I can also say that also my husband is really helpful with that. Every time when I have an art block and I don’t know what to do he is very supportive, as with the tattoos and the same with music.

 


 

Are there any tattoo artists who are extremely admirable to you? If so who?

 

There are many artists who are admirable to me, not only with their art but some of them I know personally and they are just great as a people. Some of them are also my best friends and they know it. I would not like to enumerate anyone here so that in case of my tardiness anyone would be omitted.

 


 

Do you have any memorable tattoo story or a customer that has stuck with you through all the time you have been tattooing?

 

There are a lot of stories. Sometimes when You are meeting someone you will instantly feel some kind of connection. Because of tattoos I’ve met my best friend and husband, with whom I’ve got engaged 30 days and married 10 months after the first meeting. I’ve also met my best friend Mike because he has made a lot of my tattoos, first at his home, then at the studio where we were working together for a few years. When you are working with people for almost 9 years you will receive a lot of crazy stories. One of my customers have made a first full marathon with me but on the rollerskates 😉 I’ve made a sign ,,fuck alcohol” on a chest of one of my customers and a few years later we’ve been drinking beers on a tattoo convention;)

 


 

Is there any art form that fascinates you also except tattooing? Maybe do you have any other passion or something that you really enjoy doing? 

 

The first two forms of art which have been next to me since I was a child were drawing and singing. Except tattooing my first love is music. For many years I used to play with a band, now I’m creating my first solo album which I hope will appear in November. My other passion is running in marathons and ultramarathons. The longest distance which I’ve made is 100km. I would like to be a member of the 7 continents club. People who choose to run a marathon on all seven continents are generally considered to be a part of the 7 continents club. I did it on 6 continents, Only Antarctica has left but I’m signed up for this one in December.

 


 

Do you like visiting or exhibiting at tattoo conventions? Would you recommend any of them?

 

There is a little problem with me and tattoo conventions. I don’t like to be surrounded by that many people at those events. I have to close myself with music in my ears. But it’s a great experience for people who want to be tattoed. They can meet tattoo artists which they admire, speak with them, drink beer, have some fun. They can watch the process of tattooing. They can even get tattoed. Stay at shows and concerts. Great fun for all the family.

 


 

Any artist you planning to get tattooed by? Who has tattooed you already?

 

Actually, in 2 weeks ill be tattooed by one of my friends Zakon tattoo. He will make a mandala on my chin. I’ve been tattoed by many artists so now not a lot of space has left. Mostly it’s done by my friends, like @Mikenofcuk @ewowska and others. I’ll not give my skin to someone who I don’t like. From the fun facts, I’ve been tattooed by 3 persons who held a tattoo gun for the first time in their lives, 2 of my manager and my husband.

 


 

What are your plans and dreams? If you think about yourself in 10 years, what do you see?

 

In 10 years I’ll be at the scene in one of my concerts, with my husband and dog backstage. Living a full, happy, and healthy life. Sometimes I will do a tattoo 😀

 


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