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Calvin Moktar


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


I Started tattooing 12 years ago. My journey into tattooing began with my family. My first emotion connected to tattoo was when I saw my brother getting tattooed for the first time. The ambiance in the tattoo shop was incredible. My second feeling was when I saw my father doing his first tattoo on our living room’s couch. That was crazy. And of course, my revelation was when I had the chance of holding a tattoo machine for the first time! 



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


The first tattoo I made was a small bomb on my father’s calf. 



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


I don’t think I have a favorite style, I really like to mix different influences. Fusion Style! By nature I’m an eclectic person. However, there is several styles that I like most. Japanese and realism tattoos. They deeply influenced the way I design and tattoo. What made me evolve is mostly exchanging with other tattoo artists all along theses 12 years. My travels, the tattoo conventions, guest spots…



Does anyone or anything inspire you?


I get inspired by a lot of things so I cannot choose one name in particular. As long as a person is passionate and is a free spirit, they inspire me. 



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


I have been disappointed a lot by people I admired. But if I had to name one person that I admire, it would have to be Paul Motta. I think he understood the essence of our line of work and the vision that he have about it is really sound. Someone I really had the chance of meeting. 



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


The most memorable stories that I have would be when I tattooed my wife at the NY tattoo convention and that we won 2 prices. First of black and grey and first fresh portrait. Another one would be when I won my first  trophy ever at the Chaudsaigues tattoo convention, with a tattoo I made on my dad. Theses are the best memorable moments I had to share with my loved one. 



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 also love to express myself through  music. More precisely, Rap music. I enjoy playing with French language and even more with the lexical field of tattooing that I can use in my lyrics. 



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


I love to attend tattoo related events. My favorite tattoo convention would be Deauville Tattoo festival, which is organized by some friends of mine. I also recommend the Corsair Tattoo Ink, the convention that my family and I are organizing.



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


My next tattoo will be with an artist that I saw grow up in the industry and that I like particularly. Like a sister. She’s got a really pure and sensitive vision of tattooing. Her name is Maud Dufette and she is going to tattoo my face. 



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


My plan would be to continue in the direction that I feel is the right one and to keep a vision of the futur that would belong to me. My dream is to be able to dream forever! If I think of myself in 10 years, I certainly see me as someone that would have progressed a lot through the years, but also still forever unsatisfied. Isn’t being passionate all about that?


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