Photo above by Kamila Burzymowska
I’ve been tattooing for 13 years now. Before that, I started first to join friends getting tattooed and was observing a lot until I met some good artists pushing me forward to start tattooing and advicing me a lot.
My very first tattoo on human skin was done on my friend who was the guitar player of my band and I did the “Misfits” skull logo on his foot. Lots of fun and less pressure because we were friends and not a “regular customer”.
So when I started tattooing I was trying to find myself, I was drawing a lot of different styles back then. I used to work on black and grey a lot but after meeting more and more DotWork and Ornamental artists when I was travelling I started to focus more on this art and since then DotWork is my everyday life .
So many people in a lot of different domains. I am mostly inspired by ultra creative people who’re not afraid to break their limits to create whatever they want. But most of all I am very inspired by extremely hardworking people.
Again so many people in this “industry” are admirable to me: creative ones and hard workers. As a boss of my own shop I’m very close to artists and their artistics skills as well as other hardworking bosses, cause to me tattooing and having a shop, two different world. Through my travels I felt very admirative to people like: AARON DELLAVEDOVA incredible artist and owner of GURU Tattoo in San Diego, SAKE: Artist , tattooer and owner of SAKE TATTOO CREW in Athens Greece, OLY ANGER: tattoo artist, entrepreneur and owner of many studio in Canada .
All theses people are pushing boundaries to their max and most of all are totally humble and down to earth . Also we are hosting more than 100 worldwide guest artists a year in our studio, so it’s a lot of exchange with different kind of artists, amongst them I had the chance to meet incredible, awesomely skilled and humble artists like: SMALLA , DIOGO NOGUEIRA, ROZA STC, HORIPECO…
Do you have any memorable tattoo story or a customer that has stuck with you through all the time you have been tattooing?
So many customers are following me a long time now and we became friends after I tattooed them almost their full bodies. It’s a big journey always a little bitter when it’s all done but good memories. Also when I was starting tattooing, I had a depressive customer who was a very nice guy, one day he showed up very drugged and asleep, I re-scheduled him to the next days telling him to rest and take care, the next days he never showed up, I was young in the business and like a lot of artist complaining non stop about this kind of “no-show”.
The next day we heard he killed himself. I felt very guilty by reacting like an asshole. A week later his sister came to ask if I still had the drawing of the last tattoo I did to her brother, usually I don’t keep those but I don’t know why I still had it and I gave it to her, she was so happy, crying and thanking me non stop for the drawing, that’s when I realized how much I’ll be involved in my entire life with every customer and I need to be down to earth in any circumstance .
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?
I am playing music since my young age and it will always be a passion to me, can’t live without music, this is my number one passion. Beside that I love art and all his forms, graffiti, painting, sculptures… I’m mostly interested by street art and original artworks. I also love shooting videos and editing, cinema, indoor decoration, photography, sports…
I love travelling and working in convention. Unfortunately the last years there’s too many new of them, meaning too many bad ones you can try and break your teeth in or also many of new ones you can’t attend and it was a blast. It’s like lottery with the new ones, you have to try and Bingo it’s a great one or just another bad luck. There is some conventions I prefer to just go as a visitor to take time to observe great artist. My favorite tattoo conventions are Athens Tattoo Convention, Deauville Tattoo Festival, London Convention. I loved as well the Ink ‘n Iron that was done in Long Beach. And I’ve never been but I’m sure I’ll live the MUZINK from Travis Barker.
Unfortunately I’m 40 and still has place on my body but not infinite spots but there’s infinite awesomely talented artists, meaning I’ll need to choose wisely.
What are your plans and dreams? If you think about yourself in 10 years, what do you see?
My plans and dreams? Still hard working more and more to stay on top and never be lost the next years amongst the new young artists and also new technologies, always need to feel updated to everything. Also I’m working hard for my shop to become a reference in the business, working hard with that shop to break the habits and making my brain working hard to find new ideas again and again.
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