Zhidonis; A Man In Love With Difference and Its Beauty:
Znidonis isn’t your average young artist. There is quite the clever head placed on his shoulders, wanting to not just create art on peoples’ skin. No he also wants to make a difference, in a world which he believes is cruel. All of this motivates him to work hard on his craft as a tattoo artist. He has no rush finding his own style, as he wants to learn everything and be able to create something different and unique for his clients, no matter what it is they want.
He has always loved what is different. Which is also, as you can read in the interview, what got him into tattooing. The love of what is different and the people who make the world a bit more colorful. He seems truly grateful for being a tattoo artist, and his tattoo show off his hard work (as you will see in the gallery).
1. Where are you from? What age are you? and how long have you been tattooing for?
I am from Austria and also currently working here, I’m 22 years old (although I feel like 50 haha) and I’ve been tattooing for probably two and a half, maybe three years.
2. The name of your current studio and where is it located?
I’m currently working at Tattoo Tatau based in Villach/Carinthia in the South of Austria, close to Italy and Slovenia. I also did my apprenticeship here.
3. How would you describe your style of tattooing/the style of your tattoos?
It’s hard to describe my style because I constantly try to evolve and add new things to “my style”. I would say maybe “Dark/Weird Neotraditional” but there’s also graphic/surealistic elements in there sometimes so I’m really not sure how to call it and I haven’t been tattooing long enough to have found a certain style yet. I think nowadays too many young artists focus too much on finding their own specific style from the beginning on.
They only wanna do what they like, their own ideas etc but as a tattoo artist you need to be able to turn every customer idea into something interesting or unique (if they are open for it).
The best way to evolve is to try EVERYTHING, doing different stuff and getting out of your comfort zone is gonna help you a lot and it will give you ideas for your own “style” in the future.
4. What is it you love about that style?
The one thing I love the most about “my style” is that I’m able to transfer almost everything into my style, at least to a certain extent. I can always add new things so if a customer comes in with an idea/reference I’m able to change it to my “style” and still keep some of the elements he or she wants to have in there.
5. What is your favourite thing about being a tattoo artist?
My favourite thing about being a tattoo artist is probably that I’m able to earn money doing something I love. It’s a very hard job but in the end of the day we’re doing our “job” while enjoying it and having fun (most of the time), not many people can say that about their jobs, it’s a privilege and you should never forget that, life could be much worse.
6.What got you into tattooing?
What got me into tattooing was probably the tattoos I got myself. I always liked people that are different/looked different so when I turned 18 I got my first tattoo and I was immediately hooked. I also drew a lot in school instead of listening to the teachers, as you do, and one thing led to another and here I am now haha.
After I finished school I just thought “that’s what I wanna do”, I started to draw every day for hours, I believed it would work, I just risked everything, I didn’t wanna think “Oh no if I can’t get an apprenticeship I’ll be fucked because I put all my cards on this working out” and in the end it worked out.
Lucky me haha, I wouldn’t know what I would have done if no shop gave me the opportunity to apprentice, I would have probably been stuck in a job I hate or I would have had to become a male stripper but who wants to see my ugly white ass dancing around haha (Just joking).
7. What inspires your tattoos(and art) the most?
My biggest inspiration is everything negative in life. I love creepy things and I think this planet is a shithole that’s falling apart slowly because of us humans, so everything dark and creepy gives me loads of ideas for designs/paintings. It can be anything from music (where a lot of my inspiration comes from) to just something I see on the street, on the news etc
I just like to put my emotions into my drawings if possible to create something that everyone will interpretate in a different way.
8. What is your favourite tattoo you have ever done or seen?
I’m never fully happy with my own work and there’s just so many amazing artists out there so it’s impossible to pick one, everyday there’s a new crazy good artist coming along throwing an even more amazing piece out there than someone the day before. I just like everything that’s different or that flows perfectly with the body.
9. Do you have a dream tattoo, that you want to do on someone in the future?
I don’t have a particular dream tattoo. But I’d like to do bigger/massive/creepy pieces that flow with the shape of the body, I’d like to experiment with negatives more, with different colours…there’s just so many things I wanna try, it’s a never ending story.
10. Do you have any future plans, you would like your fans and the readers at Mediazink, to know about?
Yes I’ve got a few future plans, I just have to think about how to plan them in the best way possible. It’s something I really hate, that our world is such a sexist piece of crap. I did a lot of research regarding sexism, rape culture, human trafficking, prostitution (the modern slavery), porn and everything evolving around these topics, I watched countless documentarys and I wanna do something against this cruel unfair world.
I’ve thought about doing a “feminist-flash-day” with all the profits going to an organisation that helps women that are victims of human trafficing, rape, prostitution etc, I just don’t wanna sit around and complain anymore. I wanna do something and all the perverted, disgusting “people” in the tattoo community just motivate me even more to get off my ass and make a difference!
It makes me sick how some men think they are entitled to treat women like a piece of meat and I will never ever tolerate this behaviour!
Final Comment and Gallery:
Znidonis a humble, patient and skilled young artist, seeking to improve his skills and make a difference in the world.
It is rare that you see artists with such admirable ideals and work ethic, hopefully he will go far in this industry.
We are sure he will not rest until he achieves what he has set out to do. It is inspiring to see a young artist with such passion and we are rooting for Zhidonis and his talent.