Luigi Mansi


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

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve really enjoyed drawing. Already in elementary school, I had an advantage over my peers. Later, I went to technical school for information technology, but then I decided to devote myself to tattoos because thanks to them I could turn my passion for drawing into work. So I completed a course that allowed me to practice tattooing and four years ago I opened my studio in Latina Scalo. I have been doing this profession for 8 years now.



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

I got my first tattoo myself – a pentagram in the shape of a heart, which I then covered up for years afterward… The second tattoo I did to my father – an inscription on his arm.



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

My style is realistic tattooing, color tattooing, and black and white tattooing… I started by doing all styles of tattooing and then specialized first in black and white tattooing and then in color tattooing.



Does anyone or anything inspire you?

I let myself be inspired by the images and my instinct. I believe that instinct is the basic thing for a tattoo artist…. 70% instinct, 30% technique.



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

Sure, Ad Pancho was the first to inspire me. Then Thomas Carli Jarlier, Karol, Tofi, Matteo Pasqualin, etc. They were the first.



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

None in particular. I definitely had a lot of anxiety with my first tattoos, especially when someone came to see, but now I’m calm even as more people look at me. It’s all a matter of experience and awareness…



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? 

Definitely drawing, but tattooing clients every day, I can’t really go that deep into it… I also love digital painting, but I’ve neglected it now too due to a flurry of work.



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

Yes, I have attended several tattoo conventions… Certainly, the conventions in Milan and Venice are the most beautiful.



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

So far I have been tattooed by several associates at my studio. I also have some tattoos done by my friend Antonio Ragone. I would definitely like to be tattooed by Thomas Carli Jarlier, Waler Montero, and Vladolla.



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

I definitely want to become one of the best tattooists in Italy and in the world, this is my main goal… And in the future I definitely want to teach this work, maybe creating an academy.



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