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Patryk Hilton


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

I started tattooing in 2010. I started off in Tomek Demolka’s studio. Although we don’t work together anymore, we’re still friends.



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

Of course. I did my first tattoo for my cousin, Oscar. It was a colored pumpkin for Halloween. The tattoo came out quite good, I still have a picture of it on my phone.



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

My style is very simple, it’s inspired by classical tattoo. Frequently the choice of themes remains more contemporary than in classical tattoo. Although, when I think about it, in recent times I’ve worked more with conventional themes. I consciously synthesize the form, with regard to experiences I had in my early work, where there was a bit more detail. I believe that now I tattoo more technically and more delicately than ever before.



Does anyone on anything inspire you?

There are a lot of stimuli that inspire me. I primarily draw my inspiration from the technical aspects of American tattoo and contemporary art solutions. Actually, I draw from everything that surrounds me.



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

There are many artists whose work I admire. I even had the pleasure of meeting some of them. If I had to point out the specific people whose works I follow, those would be Spider Sinclair, Maxime, Todd Noble, Grime, Shannon Perry. I think it provides me with a fairly large spectrum of styles.



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

I remember the people and the tattoos more than stories connected with them. When it comes to patterns, I respect every idea. Any reason to get a tattoo is a good one.



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’m certainly fascinated by all forms of art, not only tattoo. I draw and paint a lot and it takes up most of my time.



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

I regularly work in guest spots in London and Berlin. As far as conventions are concerned, I am always glad to return to London Tattoo Convention, which I recommend to all people interested in tattooing. I like conventions very much and I appear at conventions every year in Poland.



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

I’m sure there are a lot more tattoos ahead of me, I still have a few free spaces on my body. And if someone wonders from whom I would like to get my next tattoo from, it’s easy to check- I follow most of these people on Instagram. And as for the ones I have on my body already, I invite you to get a tattoo from me. I will gladly show them and explain everything about them; there are some rarities.




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

Recent events have shown that it is worth stopping for a while and not looking so far ahead. First of all, I want to focus on developing my skills and the Pantera studio in Bydgoszcz. 


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