1. How did you get your start in tattooing? 2. When did you learn to tattoo? Did you have a formal apprenticeship? How many years have you been a tattoo artist now? 3. When did you realize that you wanted to become an artist and make it your career?
Everything started twenty years ago when, at the age of 18, I opened a tanning salon. I am very ambitious so to be able to expand my business I included in the staff a friend of mine that had the esthetician qualification; she also did semipermanent make-up, using a rotary machine. The first time a saw her working with it I was so impressed I just HAD TO TRY!!
Everything I’ve learned about this job is thanks to the experience I’ve achieved in all this years.
My mind immediately started to wander so one day I brought a friend to my salon and I convinced him to let me tattoo his skin: I tattooed the libra sign on his shoulder. I was so exited, I was thrilled about what I was creating for the first time in my life. That was it. There was no way out, that was my track. And so “Tattoo Dreaming” was born, my first tattoo shop. This was just the beginning.
4. What did your family and friends think about you getting into the tattoo business?
I remember my past with pride, I must say I had to face many battles (family included) to achieve the results I have today. Now I have a famous tattoo shop and I’ve always remained faithful to my Piacenza, that despite alle the initial difficulties, gave me so much. “Da cosa nasce cosa”, is my current shop.
5. What would you say is your favorite part of the job?
I try to catch the real meaning and the deepest emotions of those who entrust their skin to me. To be able to do this, it is important to study their personality, leading them to personal confidences that allow me to get in touch with their deepest side. This is always been my purpose and it’s very satisfying for me to be able to establish this kind of bond with my clients.
6. What are your favorite styles of tattooing?
I realized that the realism technique was, for me, one of the better artistic expressions of tattoos, as well as a beautiful way to express my skills and qualities as a tattoo artist. Photography’s always been a big passion of mine, I’m always looking for those details that distinguish every image, so that I am able to value all the single elements. I’m convinced that tattoos are also and mostly, intuition.
7. Do you have plans to travel much this year to work conventions or guest spots? If so, where can collectors find you? Do you still have appointments available?
Cultural exchanges are essential to not remain stucked in our own believes and to improve artistic knowledge. This is why in these last years I took part to several tattoo conventions in: Italy, Switzerland, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, U.S.A, and every convention has always given me very strong emotions, on both personal and artistic levels. It’s very gratifying to see how people appreciate my work.
However, for the year 2012 I've decided to remain as much as possible in Italy, I would like to devote myself 100% to my studio and the artistic growth of my staff.
We have great news you'll be hearing about soon!
Our studio is located in Via Cittadella 34, Piacenza - Italy.
You can find me in Rome's Convention (4/5/6 May), Turin (September), Florence (November) as regards the Italian events.
Moscow (18/19/20 May), Lugano (24/25/26 August) and London (28/29/30 September) In relation to foreign events.
For further information do not hesitate to contact us!
8. Do you have any favorite machines that you have been using lately? What about inks?
I use the machines I've produced myself:
- Cut back shader by Michele Turco
- Power liner by Michele Turco
- Big Magnum by Michele Turco
as regards the colors:
Alla Prima Ink
9. What are some of your favorite things to do outside of tattooing?
In my few spare moments I love gardening!
The care of my house is very important to me, as it is the one of my shop,
So I love dedicating to cleaning and restoration.
10. Do you have favorite tattoo on yourself?
I'm actually working on my sleeves at the moment, and I still have a lot to go...covering up some really old tattoos from my teenage years.
11. If there was one thing you could change about the tattoo business, what would it be? &
12. Do you feel that tattooing is finally getting recognized as a fine art by the arts community?
Today the vision that people have of tattoo artists is slowly improving, but it remains quite difficult.
Discrimination and intolerance towards those who decide to carry art on their skin is still present despite the apparent freedom of expression.
So I would say, that the medias, as some are already doing, should help us represent our job properly, staying true to what our art really is and giving the possibility to customers to be informed.
The task is also ours, as tattoo artists, we should always give the best of ourselves and help people understand the beauty of our world.
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