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Marcin Pawlus


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


In 2003 I took my first tattoo and since then I have been interested in the whole art of tattooing. As a natural consequence, in 2009 I started tattooing by myself and in 2015 I opened my own studio DWA ŚLEDZIE in Gdynia.



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


My first tattoo – a stylized samurai head – I did 11 years ago on a friend 😊



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


Over the years I have worked in different styles to improve my skills and to be able to consciously identify myself. Currently I mostly work in black, graphic style and dotwork. In my tattoos I like to refer to traditional style, medieval art and minimalism.


Does anyone or anything inspire you?


I appreciate the observation of animals and nature, I do not part with a sketchbook on my travels. I am inspired by many artists of art, architecture and design.



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


If I had to choose only one person, it would be Henk Schiffmacher, because of his extensive knowledge of the tattoo and its history.



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 many longstanding clients and related stories. Everyone brings a story, regardless of the size of the tattoo. This is a great aspect of my work – direct contact with people.


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 always say tattooing is my passion, not just work. I’m trying to make all my activities enrich this passion.


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


I try to participate regularly in various events in Poland and abroad. I’ve exhibited among other things at the: Berlin Tattoo Convention, Warsaw Tattoo Convention, Tattoofest Convention, Tattoo Splash and numerous editions of the Tattoo Konwent – in Gdansk I had the pleasure to join the jury several times. I consider conventions to be an important part of the tattoo scene.



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


I’ve been missing time for years for tattooing myself, but I hope to make up for a few “stamps” on the body. I still like my old tattoos from Andrzej Lipa, Zappa and Krzysiek Szymeczko.


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


10 years is a very long time, I don’t like to run so far into the future. I’m currently working on my first tattoo publication. I wish I had the health and strength to act, that’s enough for me to be happy.



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