How long have you been doing this work?
I start tattooing 8 years ago- I just learned all by myself..
Who taught you?
Just life. Ha ha. I learned all by myself. So I wasn’t limited – I tried out everything and found what was best for myself. I build my own machines to have them exactly how I need them for what I do.
Are there any tattoo artists that you consider as your mentors or major influences on your career?
Not really. There are a lot of influences on my life and on my work. But never too much from one. I just see a lot of stuff and never try to get too much influence from anything particular. I just try to make it like I have it in my own head. Over the last three to four years I’ve been moving further and further away from the tattooing world. No conventions. No guest spots. I don’t really read magazines or look at what other artists are doing. I just get most of my influence these days from somewhere outsise the tattoo world.
What was the first tattoo you ever did?
A lot of skate tattoos on myself.
And what was the first that you got on your own skin?
What inspires your art?
Hmm. Just life I would say. Everything I’ve experienced in my life, what I see in the world. I never try to limit myself in any way. I don’t focus much on traditional tattoo techniques and other stuff. Just let everything flow…
Freedom of art.
How much does the person getting the tattoo influence your creation?
I like to get the basic idea or at least find out what techniques and compositions people like. And then I start creating the piece freely on the skin. I can never say beforehand how it’ll look or make a plan. All of it is created freely on the skin. That’s how I work and that’s how my customers like it.
How important are the colours and machines in the creation of a tattoo?
The machines are one of the most important points. That’s the tool and the stuff you work with. You have to know your machine and know how you can change everything on it to let it run differently. And you have to have control. I hate all these rotary machines and newer stuff this days. Tattooists become stupid, they can’t change anything any more on a machine, they just buy it and start tattooing… it’s just sad there is so much more that’s possible with a machine…
Can you briefly describe your technique?
Most of my techniques are not normal tattooing techniques any more. Just like painting. It goes really fast and looks radical. The smallest magnum I use is a 15 and I also do a lot of my line work with it. I love rip shading and every kind of technique you can only do with a tattoo machine. Really fat lines and stuff.. I like when stuff goes on.
What do you like best about your job?
I wouldn’t really call it a job. I really have all my freedom here. I work in a small private gallery – no walk ins, no strange customers. I just work on back pieces or even bigger stuff. And normally I have more freedom in anything that I want.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’ve started with a more modern kind of abstract tattooing. That looks like a painting or something abstract. I start putting people together and making pieces like this over two backs.
What is your philosophy?
I don’t give a shit about what goes on in our tattoo society. All the hype and fashion about tattooing. All the tattooists who think they are big stars and doing all that messy shit. I like what tattooing was before. About individualism and freedom not about fashion. For me tattooing is so much more.
Marc – Little Swastika
Fürstenbergstraße 8, 78315 Radolfzell (Germany)