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Emil Giczewski


 

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

 

I’ve been tattooing since 2000, so it’s been a while. I have always been drawing since I was a kid and then as a teenager I started doing graffiti. Around the age of 17-18 someone showed me how to build a tattoo machine made of walkmen motor, lighter and sharpened guitar string ( so called prison style machine or rotary) And i started tattooing myself and my mates. It was more of a hobby part of my rebellion against everything.

 


 

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

 

The first one I did it on myself, little cobweb and spider around the ankle. I have to test my first machine that I build. And the first tattoo I did on someone else was a scandinavian rune on my friend’s bum.

 


 

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

 

The abstract/new school is my favourite style to do, but i also like re-discovering more b’n’g and colour realism as in my opinion a good tattooist  should be able to pretty much any style on a good level. 

 


 

Does anyone or anything inspire you?

 

Of course, I see lots of inspiration around me, especially nice street art etc. But for me sometimes a good conversation can be the best kick to do something new to look and reach for new stuff.

 


 

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

 

No i don’t have any favourite artist at the moment there are too many of them these days and it is really hard to follow them all. The ones I always admired for art work is Robert Hernandez and Oleg Turyanskiy for his versatility.

 


 

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

 

No not really, there were too many crazy or weird stories to remember them.

 


 

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? 

 

For me it was always a street art and graffiti art in any form. It doesn’t  even have to be  good as long as it catches my eyes. And my other passion to get away from tattooing is my dogs.

 


 

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

 

Oh yes i love to take part in tattoo conventions sometimes is the only chance to meet with friends that work in different countries. I definitely can recommend Stockholm ink bash and Tattoo Grand Prix in Brno both of them have an amazing vibe and great organization.  

 


 

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

 

I don’t plan any tattoos at the moment , it is too painful haha and I don’t have time for it. I usually got tattoos from  Gooraz , Geezy, Endre Sabo, Dan Banas, Szidi, Rogal, Xoil, Vivien Vamosi, Lehel, Lipa,Tulipan just to name few.

 


 

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

 

It is really hard to plan anything these days. Definitely wanna grow my studio in Gniezno and when is possible to keep doing conventions and travel more and further. I hope in 10 years I will still work as a tattooist, but maybe not as much as I do now. 

 


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