Every now and then I come across an artist's wofk that stops me in my tracks. Thefrissance hit me as I looked at Grisha's work, it's quite an event when someone in the tattooing world pots a new spin into h,s or her work and feel Grisha has done just that with his bold, graphic tattoos. Some of you readmg this will like his work, some of you will not; much in the same way I had good and bad responses when I first published Lionel from Out of Step's work a while ago; but I felt I just had to showcase this innovative and passionate Russian artist.
The tattoo bug bit Grisha when he was only 16 and since then he has developed and collaborated with various other artists to enhance his unique style of tattooing. Grisha has worked in different countries, picking up influences from places such as Sweden, Germany, Norway and Yugoslavia gaining a large client base, all wanting a piece of "Maslov Magic". Welcome to the truly unique world of Grisha Maslov - Tattoo Master...
I HAVE NOTICED THAT SOMETIMES THE COLOUR OF VOUR ARTWORK COINCIDES WITH THE CLOTHES OF YOUR CLIENTS. IS IT THE FORTUITY, BECAUSE I HAVE PAIS ATTENTION TO THIS, LOOKING ON THE PHOTOS OF YOUR HEW TATTOOS DONE RECENTLY? DO YOU CHOOSE A TATTOO FOR THE CLIENT LOOKING ON HIS CHARACTER AND PECULIARITY? Probably it is not a fortuity. I like coloured tattoos, one of my preferences is to stick to natural, skin-1 ike colours; I love the tints of orange, brown, sometimes red, I usually reserve Ihe choice of colours for the client.
If he or she specifics certain colours, I don't contest their decision. 1 try not to use more then 3 colours in one tattoo; mixing them with each other, I also use white quite a lot. Matching of individual pictures as a rule, I try to match the design to the energy of the client, in his art preference and lastly to enhance the body-shape of the person . The images appear suddenly from my communication and discussions of different topics with the client. We talk about tattoos, ubou I life, about (heir loves. I want to know about the individual more, to see and guess about the creating the perfect image for them. The final outcome of the tattoo and the happiness of the person are paramount to me.
I HEARD YOU ARE INTERESTED IN POLITICS. WHICH PARTY ARE YOU A MEMBER Of? CAN YOU TELL US OF THIS PARTY? OR DO YOU THINK THAT IN POLITICS IT'S POSSIBLE TO DO SOMETHING rOR TATTOO-ART AND TATTOO-MASTERS AT THE SAME TIME? To take an interest in politics is necessary I feel because politics will take interest in you some
I WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS SPECIAL GRATITUDE TO ALL PEOPLE WHOSE TATTOOS ARE EXPOSED ON THESE PAGES, AMD ALL WHO PUT TRUST IN ME. WITHOUT YOU, THERE WOULD RE NO I.
day in the future. I'm the memher of the party "Unitary Russia"; the party helps me to make contact with wholesome people in Moscow, the struct ure of the party works very well. But 1 will be honest, I'm interested in tattoo-politics most of all and I spend most of my l ime on it, being the leader of the public organization called; "The Club of Tattooed People". The word "politics" means to help and direct those in the organisation to progress as artists.
FROM WHAT DO VOU TAKF YOUR UNIQUE STYLE? WHERE IS THE BEGINNING OF YOUR STYLE AND FROM WHAT DO YOU TAKE THE INSPIRATION?
Inspiration can be taken from anywhere, from a visiting exhibition with beautiful girls, from architecture, design, photographic sources, sculpture, natural beauty; the list is endless. My style has been created over the years, firstly through my tattoo experiences and art preferences. Also, I was lucky that in the beginning of my career I met a young and assiduous painter, Ivan Aladlshkln. I began to order pictures on his given suhject matter and we started trading work for work and began discussing pro's and con's of art, and we found that we share similar experiences. My style I'm calling "tattoo-innormizm", which means word for word, diverse normality, and style born purely from many transformations from have been already.
YOUR TATTOOS ARE VERY SIMILAR IK STY«, AND THEY SHOW THE UNIQUE WORLD OF SHAPES LIVING BY THEIR OWN LIFE. EVEN IN THE MOST ABSTRACT COMPOSITIONS IT IS AN ATMOSPHERE OF DIFFERENT ATTITUDES TOWARDS OBJECTS AND ANATOMIC PLACEMENT OF ELEMENTS. DOES YOUR ARTWORK CARRY AKY INFORMATION, IDEA? Hie basic idea of my style - it's multiformity; 1 like to use the free space around tattoos (my works are without background) using them as an integral part of composition, stirring up different associations in the mind. rlhe works from one point of view are quite simple, which I feel anyone can do, but from the other side, O
(hey are containing many different and hidden meanings. Fur example, my new tattoo with blue lines on the girl's leg is just a fish, but if you take a good look at each part separately, you can see an owl, and faces of flipped personas, even those three burs with dots under the knee are also the images of three children.
IELL ME ABOUT YOUR CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT, HOW HAD YOU COME TO THIS? iell ME ABOUT HOW YOU BEGAN TO MAKE TATTOOS.
I think I began to make tattoos out of curiosity really. My friends did tat toos on themselves in neighbouring areas. My first tattoo experience was on myself, after one of my friends from my neighbourhood encouraged me to do this, and at the time I was upset, that I couldn't make tattoos of good quality, so after that, I began to look for a teacher, Roger, a tattoo-master, well known in our city, at that time was the best tattooist and painter, but denied me any training. But then f found in a neighbouring village, a carbon-black tattoo-master; Ephrem and he agreed to teach me. The payment was a bottle of Samogon (Russian moonshine vodka), and that day we started the teaching process. We met many times and he lectured me a lot, he explained how to interpret meanings of tattoos in criminal spheres, where and which tattoos coidd be done and those that could not, I took in all the information like a sponge, such was my thirst for knowledge.
For a hetter understanding of the process of tattooing from my teacher, I gave him a half of my back for his tattoo-art, and to this day I still have these tattoos. After some time I began to work in a beauty salon called "Kleopatra" and there 1 met and married Kseniyain 2001. Soon after, I went to Germany to work, later i came back and I decided to go to Moscow with my family. It was a very hard time, as Moscow didn't want to accept me, 1 spent lots of money on advertising and accommodation. I worked in various jobs to try and sustain my family and eventually, I got recognised and slowly I made a living out of tattooing.
In 2003,1 moved into a Moscow district called Krasnopresnenskiy, 1 did many tattoos there and had much money, so life was good. Eventually, I decided to invest money in technologies, into creating websites, the first personal site I produced was at Ihe beginning of this year and by winter 1 created others for my friends and colleagues. This was the first interactive portal and I named it "The Club of Tattooed People", Evgeniy I'rotoPlex, author of the site, devised the slogan: "Who is without us will be with us soonest". From that moment there were not more then 20 people in the cluh. In 200-1 we created one of the most beautiful
I THINK, ON RUSSIAN TATTOOING, THERE ARE MANT GOOD TATTOO-MASTERS, RUT I'M UPSET, THAT THERE ARE NOT MANY WHO CELEDRATE THE RUSSIAN TRADITIONS.
websites about tattoos in collaboration with a Ukraine design-firm. Hie site was great, the attendance had increased very much and we had one of the highest ratings in world's top flash-sites. And to this date this is still up and running - www.tattoo-world.ru. A crucial point happened in my life and in my artwork in 2005, when 1 sadly dissolved my marriage with my dear wife but happily 1 now live to my new sweetheart Evgeniya Vladimirivna. who gave birth to my son. Exactly at that moment I decided to follow my own rules: uNot to do tattoos which I don't like". The financial gain had failed, but my work began to get recognised and this showed off my real individuality. I had chosen a hard way, hut for me it is a good way of living.
HOW DO VOU THINK RUS5IAN TATTOOING STANDS UP AGAINST THE BACKGROUND OTHER EUROPEAN AND WORLD STAGES?
I think, on Russian tattooing, there are many good tattoo-masters, but I'm upset, that there are not many who celebrate the Russian traditions, they haven't time to rise up and they are destroyed by foreign trends, and most of tattooed people are with uniform and uninspired tattoos because of their low art-knowledge: demand exceeds supply. Russia is famous by her very elaborate tattoos, may be it's in people's character - to mess with each millimetre of skin - lor my opinion it's unjustified,
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