Marco Pepe


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


I started tattooing about 10 years ago and I started getting interested in a tattoo world after visiting a convention. From that point, I have searched a tattoo studio to learn and understand what really the tattoo was.



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


The first tattoo that I’ve done was a Japanese kanji on foot and it was on a friend of mine that let me try to do this on his skin.



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


My current tattoo style is inspired by the paint. I like to call it “hardpainting” because I try to saturate and contrast as much as I can. This style of mine has changed a lot over the years and is continuing to change. I started with a watercolor style then I have tried to bring on the skin a more compact colors effect-slide from the watercolor to a kind of acrylic effect. The subject is changing too because I like to show more the psychological effect on it.



Does anyone or anything inspire you?


My biggest inspiration is the human body and the story that the client tells me. I like to draw sometimes directly on the skin to follow the natural shape of the body and most of the time is that shape that inspired me.



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


I like a lot of artists like Walter Montero and Igor Mitrenga. The first for the way that he is able to tell a story with his visual effects and the second one for the way that he color packs his work.



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


The one that I remember the most is the client that started with a story and then left me the opportunity to do what I thought was the best for his request. Obviously, we did something totally different about his starting request but for me was a starting point to translate with my personal way to draw the idea of the client into a unique tattoo project.



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 like a lot painting. Usually, it is my first hobby and my second one is retrogaming. Most of the time in my work on skin you can see a mixing of these two hobbies. For example the classic brushstroke and painting splash of the acrylic and the colors of the “retro futuristic video games”.



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


Yes, I like to take part in conventions. It is a great way to share and improve skills. One of my favorites is the Milano Tattoo Convention, here in Italy.



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


Is a very very long list but I start to feel very bad pain on my skin so I don’t know if I will make something one day. One of my favourite subjects are skulls and I have a couple of skulls done by Maximo Lutz who for me was a real avantgarde artist on drawing skulls.



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


I would like to improve my way to put color on skin as much as I can. I hope that in 10 years I can make a kind of project where clients can choose painting on canvas to get tattooed. I would like that my projects will be done only with painting and that the client can take painting and tattoo at the same time.



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