I started tattooing in 2010. At the time I was still working as an architectural lighting designer. When I got my first big tattoo, the tattoo artist asked me if I wanted to try it. I guess he saw that my drawings weren’t too bad and I was super motivated and willing to learn everything about this profession.
The first tattoo that I did on my own, was an upper arm on a good friend. It was a Pirate ship with poker cards for sails and a few characters from the cartoon ‘Happy Tree Friends’ interacting. He still loves it and we are starting the rest of his sleeve as soon as lockdown is over 🙂
I find it harder than ever to name my style. I started off with cartoon/new school then drifted into more grafik work. Now my linework is more neotraditional, incorporated with black&grey realistic elements and bold, contrasting colours. My goal now is to create visually strong, contrasting and long lasting tattoos.
Inspiration lies everywhere. I can be an old building, a plant or just seeing a nice colour combination. You just need the right eyes 🙂
Neo, Marcin Surowiec, Guy le tatooer, Kris Ciezlik, Mariñe Perez
Do you have any memorable tattoo story or a customer that has stuck with you through all the time you have been tattooing?
There are alot of funny, sad, crazy, beautiful tattoo stories. Especially when you travel. One day I might write a book about my tattoo travels 😀
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?
Next to tattooing I also love plants and working with wood (@tattoo_machine_altars). Tattoo machine altars is a project of mine, where I combine old objects with state of the art technology.
To be honest, the golden era of tattoo conventions is over. I used to love conventions. In 2017 I was working at 14 conventions in europe and asia. It is sad to see that tattooing alone isn’t attractive enough anymore. So they organise ‘tattoo & lifestyle’ conventions with chauvinist attractions and even more tuned cars (over and over again). Maybe I’m just getting old 😀 But I always enjoyed working at Tattoo Fest Krakow and Brighton Tattoo Convention. They were always well organised.
- Ralph Miller is still working on my backpiece.
- Get more tats from Kris.
That is a very difficult question, regarding the current situation.
- Hoping AI hasn’t taking over tattooing.
- If not, I can hopefully tattoo without a face mask 🙂
- Still be very passionate about my work.
- Have such cool clients like I have now.
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