I have been tattooing for 5 years. I have been drawing for about 10 years. I started tattooing by accident, I just decided to try it. I bought the equipment, practiced on myself. And I realized that this is what I want to do.
I got my first tattoos on myself. It was a raven skull, a moon and a centipede on my left hand. Now I have covered it all up.
At first they were just black and white, small, grimy drawings. At that time, I wasn’t very good at anatomy. And I didn’t know how to put sketches on the body properly. Generally, even now they are black and white grim drawings. But with time, I raised my level in drawing. Now there is more dynamism in my works, the works are done with more detail and are drawn with understanding of human anatomical features.
I used to be inspired by Lovecraft’s stories and Giger’s work. This is reflected in my work even now, but to a lesser degree. Now I draw inspiration from architecture, especially gothic and Victorian neo-gothic. Video games like dark souls and bloodborne are also a source of ideas.
I can’t single out any tattoo artist.
Do you have any memorable tattoo story or a customer that has stuck with you through all the time you have been tattooing?
I have several clients who have gotten tattoos from me over the course of my career. Some of them have become my friends. But I don’t have any amazing stories.
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 don’t have much free time for anything other than tattooing and painting. I am constantly improving my drawing skills. I try to experiment with drawing and tattoos. Right now I’m looking for something that I might enjoy more.
I’ve only been to conventions in Russia. I like visiting them, but I don’t like working at them. When working at a convention everything is very distracting, you often have to rush to finish the tattoo. I want to visit tattoo conventions in other countries.
Now I don’t want to get tattoos. I think that’s enough for now. I had flown already painted over. Almost all of my work was done by my friend Elizabeth Pro.
This is a very difficult question. For now, my plans are to continue to grow as an artist. There is no specific plan. Ideas are born suddenly. I want to realize myself more as an artist.
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