I have been tattooing since 2014. When I was young I was very into heavy music, and that all rock stars had tattoos. I also dreamed of getting tattoos. As I got older this desire only intensified and I started studying in this direction. That’s how I gradually immersed myself completely in the tattoo culture.
Yes, of course, I remember. It was a tattoo for a friend of mine. It was a cold metal heart, and inside the heart was the name of his rock band. By the way, that tattoo still looks good and much better than my second tattoo.
Now I’m working on realism. I work with both colors and black and gray. I started with an old-school tattoo because it is the easiest style to start working with. But I realized that lines don’t interest me and I want my work to have a “wow effect”. That’s why I love realism.
I’m inspired by my favorite tattoo artists. I love the work of artists who paint oil paintings.
There are many such masters! I’ll just list some of my favorite names here + their profile on Instagram:
@tattoo_suvorov ( Vasiliy Suvorov)
@dmitrygorbunov_( Dmitry Gorbunov)
@dmitrysamohin (Dmitriy Samohin)
@o_kharin ( Sasha O’Kharin)
Do you have any memorable tattoo story or a customer that has stuck with you through all the time you have been tattooing?
The most memorable story for me is yet to come: as a rock music fan, I wrote to my rock idol from my youth on direct Instagram and suggested I do a tattoo for him. I didn’t even expect him to respond to me, but he did and willingly supported the idea. We haven’t done the tattoo yet, but I’m hoping it will happen this summer. It will be a great honor for 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, I also paint with oil and acrylics. Most of the heroines of my paintings are girls. I can call myself an erotic artist.
I don’t have a lot of experience attending tattoo conventions. As a master, I have exhibited at a total of 2 conventions. The first time in 2014 when I was just starting out and the second time in 2018 at Istanbul Tattoo Expo. There I took 3rd place in realism. Currently, there is a pandemic around the world and no conventions, but hopefully, soon we will start attending such events. Gradually the restrictions are being lifted.
My sleeve was made by Serge Rakov (@_rakov). My leg is tattooed by Roman Vainer (@roman_vainer_). I also have tattoos from Alexey Globus (@globusfire) and from my wife Dasha Sirikova (@sirikova_tattoo). I would like the second sleeve from Vasily Suvorov or Dmitry Gorbunov.
In 10 years I will also be doing tattooing. Listen to heavy music and have a great sense of humor!) and in 10 years I will again give an interview to your MediaZink, which will be one of the most important and largest tattoo publications in the world.
Max Sirikov Instagram Account