Photo above by Kamila Burzymowska

 

Kuba Kujawa


 

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

 

I was always painting, i started my art education at age of 12. I always enjoyed tattoos, and i was getting tattooed since 2003, but never really had a chance to start apprenticeship at this point. Long story short finally i’ve found a place and around 2009 i also started tattooing professionally (in the shop)

 


 

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

 

I did a skull on my cousin’s back. Palm size, two sessions, lol. BTW he got dumped during the process ( first session) and i was so nerviced i wiped the whole stencil out, but, surprisingly it turned out ok. First tattoo is actually never that bad, the worst part is usually around fifth tattoo, when you get cocky and start to think that you know something about tattooing, so you decide to start a backpiece, or a sleeve.

 


 

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

 

I think i am getting back to my initial idea of tattooing i had in my head at the point i started. I just make all the designs bolder and more simplified. I love to do some decorative baroque ornaments, that frame some classical looking faces and bodies. I think it’s between neo traditional and realistic with some vintage twist on it.

 


 

Does anyone or anything inspire you?

 

Of course – I am an art nerd, so all the classic art, and i mean architecture, sculpture and paintings. There is a lot of tattooers too, I guess my biggest inspiration in tattooing is still James Spencer Briggs, plus all the old school traditional classic stuff, that keeps reminding me to keep it simple and keep it classy.

 


 

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

 

James Spencer Briggs, Lars Uwe, Big Meas, Alex Sorsa, Henning Jorgensen, Amar Goucem, Diaozuo, Erica Marcinizyn, Jeff Gogue too many to count. 

 


 

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

 

Wow, there is too many to count. I really think i should write a book about it at some point. Every customer has a different story, but i have a few favorite ones, that are sometimes super creepy, or super funny or dramatic. I kind of don’t feel like mentioning it here, because i still work with most of these people, so i rather keep it between us. 

 


 

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? 

 

Yes, definitely skateboarding, some people i enjoy to watch or skate with, made into an art form almost. I also love to listen to live music and i play crappy guitar in a band with my friends, guys are doing their best and i keep ruining it. 

 


 

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

 

I used to do a lot of international conventions regularly, but now i am more into local, polish ones. When i travel i rather do guestspots then conventions these days. Usually every year i would participate in Poznan tattoo konwent, Warsaw tattoo convention and Krakow tattoofest. 

 


 

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

 

I got a big collection including guys like Stizzo, Dan Sinnes, Brain McNeil, Zooki, Amina Charai, Saeid Shamsian, Justin Shaw, Francesco Garbuggio, Jason Thomas, David Noellert, Alejo Barros Lombardi, XNAZAX, Big Sleeps and many more. Plus some amazing polish tattoo artists like Marcin Surowiec, Sławek Nitschke, Yadou, Sławek Frączek, Kris Cieślik, Glue Sniffer, Zappa, Blamemax, Don Kuru, Wlkcalli, Jakub Letki, and many more. I usually don’t plan it too much, it just happens.

 


 

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

 

I think i would love to spend more time painting. I also see myself working repeatedly with my steady base of customers, people i feel comfortable with and i can always count on. People who understand my process and i can pay them back with quality work i put my heart in. You know, no stress just, good music, machines buzzing, some needles pushing against skin and good times. 

 


 

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