for a living I do not place the first tattoo in visible areas such, as hands, face or on the neck. It does not matter how much money they are willing to pay, this is a "no no" thing for me.
HOW 00 YOU SPEND TIME AWAY FROM TATTOOING?
For me relaxation comes with drawing. It can happen that I can fill an entire sketch book within two weeks with all kind of new designs; this can become an addiction. I also love to work on my Vespa scooter and in future may be even on a Lambretta. I like to meet with my best friend and with friends I have met in this business. Well I love everything that creates fun!
WHO HAS TAII00E0 YOU?
I have a tattoo from Tommy Lee Wendtner, Gull Zerkil and Little Swastika and one from Paul Acker,
ARE THERE AMY OTHER ARTISTS THAT YOU'RE PLANNING TO 6ET WORK FROM?
Yeah, I have planned quite a lot. I hope to be completely "coloured" one day, a kind of a "collection book" of various artists, but not only with tattoos but also with kind of a picture screen from the various artists. Tliis is a dream I tiave.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE PART ABOUT BEING A TATTOO ARTIST*
It's just cool. Being independent and being able to create art which inspires and motivates me. Of course this often involves a lot of time. I think it is great if you can earn your living by making your hobby into your business. I get to travel to foreign countries, meet interesting people and this pushes me to develop my horizons and to never rest. That is my motto.
DO YOU HAVE ANY AMBITIONS IN EITHER THE TATTOOING INOUSTRY OR OTHERWISE?
In a few years time I would love to have my own shop, which will be more like a kind of art gallery. Wot a street shop. On only one day in a week I will take appointments and the rest of the week I will fully concentrate on doing the tattoos. That way I achieve the best results. The shop will be located in a suburb, so no walk-in customers but clients who are really seeking for this specific kind of art. Something of course, I will first have to work hard for!
HAVE YOU SEEN ANY CHANGES IN THE TATTOO INDUSTRY THAT WORRY OR CONCERN YOU?
Well like in any kind of business, you have some people, who just want to make a lot of money, regardless of what they are doing. Tattoo business is booming and therefore you find tonnes of new tattoo colours and other items on the market. Tliis I find irritating at times as some artists are sponsored and used to push brands and products - to increase sales and make money.
IS THERE ANYBODY YOU FEEL DESERVES SOME CREDIT FOR HELPING YOU OVIR THE YEARS?
Oh, definitely, I would with all my heart thank my family and my best friend Matias. Matias inspired me to go down this path. 1 want to thank Guil Zekril for the reincarnation. My thanks also go out to Frank Dietzel and Xandi from "Nadelwerk" and Sven from "Scratchers Paradise" and Sabiene Jacobs from "Talisman Tattoo". All these extraordinary people have constantly helped and supported me a lot.
I would also like to thank you for this interview and the chance to express openly my thoughts and opinions. See you soon at Tattoo JarnlT^
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