Photo above by Kamila Burzymowska

 

Marlena Puszek (Tats by M.)


 

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

 

I’ve been tattooing for about 7-8 years now. I started in a small studio in Opole, Poland, so also a small city. I went there with my ex boyfriend, started my masters degree in political sciences, but after one semester I asked myself “gurl, what are you doing with your life?” and started to look for a studio that would take me in 🙂

 


 

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

 

Yep, it was an old school rabbit in a magicians hat for a guy whose nickname was “Rabbit”. Weird guy, weird tattoo 😀

 


 

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

 

Currently I feel the best in graphic/dotwork/watercolor style but with my own twist. Few years back I wasn’t as confident and brave and I didn’t even show clients projects like that, but in the end I found “the right” customer and that’s how it started. Earlier I was doing cute neotraditional style, animals and stuff but that felt a little forced, so I started doing my thing and now I just modify it with time and accordingly to my emotions and where I am in life. 

 


 

Does anyone or anything inspire you?

 

I’m always inspired by people better than me. Makes me want to work harder and achieve that same level in art. Also fauna and flora. 

 


 

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

 

Oh, so many. I usually tend to look up to another girls, so that will mainly be female tattooists, from Poland Ola Kozubska, Karolina Wilczewska, Magda Marinkovic, Yadou, Joanna Faferko, Jarek Gorajek, Daniel Baczewski other than from my country, Hannah Flowers, Sandra Daukshta, Filouino, Kelly Doty and a lot more. Few weeks ago I had the pleasure to watch Giacomo Bellato during work and that few minutes gave me so much. It’s a lot of people really 🙂

 


 

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

 

People tell me so many stories but always the most touching for me are the stories told while tattooing animals that have passed away. I can relate so much to people mourning their pets, always makes me think of my cats and hope they live as long as me. 

 


 

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, lately I’m fascinated by resin and alcohol ink art. Pouring resin or alcohol inks on plexi or paper seem chaotic and random, but at the end it always feels right and almost planned. Other than art, my true passion is sitting on a couch with my husband and cats and watching tv shows. I’m a massive couch potato 😉

 


 

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

 

I love it! I’m super tired after and say that I’ll never go again, but in the end I’m always waiting for another 🙂 I only go to polish conventions so everything related to TattooKonwent and TattooDays 🙂

 


 

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

 

Oh I have so many tattoos, a lot random and not very good, but I have a few pearls in my collection 🙂 My favourites are the ones made by Karolina Wilczewska, Ola Kozubska, Yadou and Magda Marinkovic. Again, my feminism comes to surface, because I love to get tattooed by another female artists 🙂 I’m planning to return to girls that tattooed me earlier and in a few weeks my friend, Michalina Zbrojewska will tattoo my cats in super cute and tiny dotwork portraits.

 


 

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

 

My biggest dream is to own my own studio, not one of the big ones, but only me and a few trusted artists and I’m working hard towards it. In 10 years I still want to tattoo, but maybe not 6 days a week as now 😉 Pandemic taught me a little different way of living with more time for art and for myself and I want to incorporate that into my regular life. 

 


 

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