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Piotr Bemben


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


I’ve been drawing on the skin for as long as I can remember, especially during summer camps or school trips, but the key moment for me was a very special conversation with my high school friend back in a day. After a while, as my 18th birthday gift, I got my first tattoo machine and since then everything else became quite unimportant for me. Apart from my first few “casualties” that I tattooed on the couch back at my family home, my professional tattoo career counts 8 years by now.



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


Definitely! How could I forget it! We were at my friend’s house, rushing before his parents would get back home. He wanted a lion with dreadlocks, but we somehow got a lion crossed with jellyfish. What a delight! 🙂



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


My style hasn’t undergone any drastic changes or modifications, because I worked its way when I was drawing on paper. The only guideline for my way as an artist is to always have fun when creating. 



Does anyone or anything inspire you?


Yes, indeed. In my opinion it is absolutely crucial to keep on searching and soaking up the inspirations from everything possible; reading, seeking, observing. 

My inspirations are limitless- sometimes classical painters, like Caravaggio, the stars of today’s tattoo scene like Robert Borbas, and the other day that can be a feeling, for example a thrill from Stephen King’s novel, or simply enjoying a curious walk in the nearby woods.



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


That’s a very hard question to answer, because there are so many unique and extremely talented artists out there, listing them would take me a day or two! 🙂

But if I have to, I’d say Robert Borbas, whom I mentioned before already, Gakkin and Ildo.



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


Basically everyday brings a new story, a new customer, new experience. Sometimes it is a student, the other day a businessman, and the next day a professor. We spent many hours together, so we have plenty of opportunities to get to know each other a little bit better. All their stories are more than exciting, but let them be held within the walls of “Bluszcz” studio 🙂 



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? 


Drawing and tattooing are my whole life, really. When I spend my time on other things I have a recurring, burning feeling that I neglect the life’s essentials. So yes, I am saying this out loud and I am saying this with pride… I am a workaholic.



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


Tattoo conventions are challenging, they force you to leave your comfort zone, but they definitely can bring great benefits. Self development, new opportunities, new connections, broadening the horizons- those are very important in the tattoo industry. The conventions combine business and pure fun and pleasure. I’d highly recommend to take the advantage of the opportunities that come along with being a tattoo artist and travel the whole world.



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


Tattoos on my skin are from many artists, but the most of them are oldschool projects from a very unique gentleman very known in industry- Mateusz Mazak. 



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


Two things come to mind. I really wish that somewhere, in the farthest corner of the world, when a conversation about dark themed, black tattoos takes place, someone would mention my name (laughter). And the second thing would be the constant growth of our tattoo studio, which we opened early this year. I’d like to see it flourish day by day even more. That’s why I’d love to invite you to visit us, even if just for a coffee, to Bluszcz Tattoo studio in Kraków. See you soon!



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