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Jaromir Mucowski


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


My very first tattoo I’ve made in may 2002. I used to paint graffiti on those days. It took all my cash and I was trying to find some way to get some funds for spray cans. My friends convinced me to tattooing. It was something I never was thinking about, completely not my cup of tea…but it worked!



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


I still remember the fun, client pain, my focus, and all this crazy day! It was a self-made machine I took from some dude, sharpened guitar string and drawing ink. I convinced a girl from my neighbors to a free tattoo…and it was tribal on her lower back. Classic!Β 



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


I work with the neo-Japanese style. I don’t really know why… I just like to draw it and there is a huge gap in polish Japanese style scene I could cover πŸ˜‰ I tried many styles, for years I was focused on biomech/organic style. Great times, fun with the flow and freehand design. I could draw it so quickly out of my mind. But then… I moved back to Poland…a beautiful place where some minds just stuck in the 90’s. I was sooo sick with all those people asking me for rip off skin tattoos and wires…so I decided I need a change.Β 



Does anyone or anything inspire you?


I love ukiyo-e! Actually, I don’t really use it as references, but they are so amazing! My main inspiration is of course tattoo artists.



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


That’s easy! Steve Moore, James Tex, Kenni Poke, Jamie Ris, Dalmiro Dalmont.



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


To make a long story short: a girl who was running out of time because she was changing her mind for 2 hours (she booked a 3hrs session and the next customer was already waiting) asked me to β€œdo whatever you want’…so I did… I asked her if she liked to cross over her butthole…and tattooed two rusted nails sticking out of her skin ;/ they were crossing somehow…so I didn’t lie πŸ˜‰ it was like 15 years ago πŸ™‚



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?Β 


I am a hyperactive person who will probably die for heart attack haha. I sculpture, paint, draw, run, work with wood. I focus on way too many ideas and usually my day is always too short. Recently I have built a chicken coop and I am in love with birds. Thanks to Jacob Zamore and Fruduva I realized there are so many beautiful chickens so I keep digging into the subject and learning more and more. I also built a workshop (Pine Street Workshop) where I will work on Japanese sculptures. Hopefully, it will be a place I will spend a lot of time.



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


Last year I visited Paris Mondial du Tatouage and i want to visit this place every year. It’s good to be just a visitor, have enough time to watch and learn, to enjoy the show. You can talk to people, make friends or just make your wallet empty πŸ˜‰



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


I don’t have many tattoos and actually, I don’t plan to get one. My very first tattoo was made by myself, then it was Niko D. (Berlin) , Zappa, Bjorn Liebner (Berlin), Kenny Chin (Hong Kong), Chmielu. Also Karolina Wilczewska was learning on my skin ;]



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


I am already making my dream come true – splitting time between tattooing and sculpting. I want to work with my regular, favorite clients only, focusing on large designs. Because I’m tattooing only 8-10 days a month, I am having more fun doing it. Pine street workshop is right next to our house, just 50 meters from wood. It’s a place where I spend the other half of the month, playing with my cats and birds and working on new Japanese masks. In 10 years I’ll be still here. Peace.



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