Photo above by Kamila Burzymowska

 

Lukas Smyku


 

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

 

I started my adventure with tattoos in 2005 and I opened my own studio in 2009. Already at the age of 13 I started to be interested in the phenomenon of tattooing and I knew that one day I would want to deal with it professionally.

 


 

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

 

It was the background for the inscription for my friend who was the first brave one ­čÖé

 


 

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

 

I created my fantasy horror style in 2017/2018. Since then, this style has been constantly evolving. I enriched it  with the elements and various forms that I currently feel. At present I started several female compositions in which horror fantasy works perfectly.

 


 

Does anyone or anything inspire you?

 

My dreams inspire me the most. Every morning I have a new idea to create another project. I have  always been inspired by the hard work of my colleagues.

 


 

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

 

There are a lot of them, I would not want to miss anyone by accident. I have always admired people for whom tattoo is and was a passion, a lifestyle, an eternal topic for every conversation. If someone devotes himself and his whole life to a tattoo entirely, it can be seen in his works.

 


 

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

 

One strange situation occurred at a tattoo convention in London when I tattooed my client’s head. It was a very large and voluminous tattoo. After two days of hard work, his head became very swollen. The next day, the swelling came down to the face and eyes and he couldn’t open them – he could see nothing. We had the flight back home. His friend helped him to go through┬á the check-in at the airport. He led him like a blind person to the plane. After landing in Poland, the swelling began to reduce slightly so that he could open one eye. Luckily, the swelling disappeared almost completely the next day. Fortunately, this did not affect the quality of the tattoo after healing ­čÖé

 


 

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? 

 

Every  form of art through which we can express ourselves is beautiful. Today it can be an airbrush, tomorrow painting a picture, another time sculpture. All this gives an artistic vent so it gives a lot of fun.

 


 

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

 

I have always treated tattoo festivals as a reward and I was proud to be able to participate in them representing my studio, my town and my country. It’s difficult to mention all the cool conventions but because of where they take place I really like the Golden State Tattoo Expo, Hong Kong Tattoo convention, Taiwan Tattoo Convention, Brussel tattoo convention and London Tattoo convention.

 


 

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

 

Since I created my fantasy horror I’ve tattooed many tattoo artists. When it comes to my tattoos I have a lot of works from great artists, including Tomasz Tofi Torfinski, A.D. Pancho, Alan Balcerak, Pawe┼é Gawkowski, Panas.

 


 

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

 

10 years hmmm. I will have 5 children sitting on the couch and playing a game Seriously, I don’t want to slow down professionally, I want to explore many interesting places, participate in numerous conventions in the USA and within 10 years I definitely want to fulfill my second life dream and direct a full-length film.

 


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