tattoo interview with Anabi Tattoo | Szczecin, Poland  04/05/2009  

Q: Your love for ink started where?
A: Since I was a kid I used to like drawing :) I was reading a lot of books and comic books, drawing my favorites heroes and make my own histories :)

Q: How long have you been tattooing?
A: The first tattoo I've made was in the fall of '99 but let's be honest- that wasn't a piece of art ;)) I was tattooing only from time to time... Breakthrough followed in 2007, I began tattooing almost every day...

Q: What did your family and friends think about you getting into the tattoo business?
A: I didn't ask anybody for permission- I just began ;) At my early beginnings my mum always used to say that tattooing isn't a good job for life, but now I think my parents are proud of me :) My dad got one tattoo, made by me. :)

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: I think that maybe it could've help me to be better, but I wasn't in art school at the time.

Q: What is your favorite part of the job?
A: Meet new cool people and creating an interesting projects on their skin!

Q: Your color tattoos are awesome! What do you prefer color or black n' grey ink?
A: Thank you! I like making color works but B&W tattoos also give me the pleasure.

Q: As a tattoo artist... Which style you find as most difficult?
A: From a technical side good old school style is very difficult, from artistic side-photo realistic works.

Q: What do you prefer custom design or some flash art?
A: I haven't any flashes displayed to my customers... Every client got a custom piece from me, except some kind of artworks or photographers, like animal, plants, etc that I used as references... I make a lot of freehand works too.

Q: What is the opinion about tattoos in Poland? Are there any taboos?
A: Tattoos in Poland year by year are more and more popular. We have got five tattoo conventions in Poland and two regularly issues tattoo magazines at this moment.

Q: Over the last year or so, I’ve been seeing more and more ‘kids' under 18 with tattoos. What do you think about this?
A: I disagree that aberrance! Many young people wants a tattoo as soon as it possible but in my studio I explain them that is not a good idea.

Q: Which is the strangest request you have ever had for a tattoo?
A: To me, strange thing is asking for a tattoo that celebs, musicians and other stars already got.... Why they want a copy of a crappy tattoo when we can create something unique and personal design???

Q: Are there any tattoos you refuse to do? Like words who endues racism etc?
A: Yes, I don't make tribal, Chinese sings, lettering, stars and other kind of hackneyed top motives... I just hate them! Also I refuse motives to offend any religion... I've got custom tattoo shop so I try to make custom work only!

Q: Have you ever met any famous tattoo artists?
A: Yes, I have met personally some of them at tattoo conventions-Pavel Angel, Jack Ribeiro, Waldi Wahn, Pete Bobek, Pornstar, Ed Perdomo, Boris and many more amazing names. Also I've got tattoos from Zhivko, Jo Harrison and in a month I'll go to Madrit for second tattoo from Robert Hernandez.

Q: What do you do in your spare time?
A: I spend whole days in my tattoo shop... When I'm not tattooing, I'm spend my time in drawing, making new tattoo designs, working in gym and spend some time with my girlfriend and friends.

Q: If there is one thing you could change about the tattoo business, what would it be?
A: Everyday I try to show people that they can ask for piece of art made specially for them, not just another ink under skin... I wish that people can choose a good artist without watching at cheap price and quick appointment... And I wish to break arms for all scratches that bring shame at tattoo industry and bad opinions about tattoos!

Thank you Iva for the interview. Anabi,