interview with Lukasz Siemieniewicz | Dead Body Tattoo | 28/11/2018

Hello Lukasz SMYKU Siemieniewicz! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer some questions for our readers.

Q: How long have you been tattooing? Was it hard to learn how to tattoo?
A: I My adventure with tattooing began in 2005. But every day real work started when I opened my studio Dead Body Tattoo in 2009.

Q: You're very creative. All of your works are custom made, very interesting mix of many tattoo designs, but mostly horror themed. Of course the realistic note in many of them is making the final result so cool. How do you create your designs? Do you first draw a bunch of sketches for your clients? Tell me more about the making process.
A: Very often the whole idea I create in my head, to do the projects I'm using lots of photography methods. I'm connecting, changing them, redrawing and adding my own elements.

Q: Very bright colors, great composition and nicely done details, also great combination of color inks. I enjoy looking up at your portfolio. It makes me think that you can try a graphic designer career or create insane gaming characters. haha Would you give a specific name of your tattoo style?
A: I would describe it as horror fantasy, mostly because of the color I'm using, they are not much used in horror style. Bright orange and yellow with good contrasts all this to make the tattoo more visible in the long run.

Q: How important is to experiment with new styles and techniques in order to grow artistically?
A: In my opinion before you will find your style is good to experiment, because every new thing is giving us more skills, getting a different view on tattoo art is the most important thing.

Q: Would you try working on something completely different?
A: For a very long time I was looking for something that will give me full satisfaction. On this day is horror fantasy, which I do. I feel really good in it and it give me that satisfaction so I will not change it. If we are talking about different carrier for this moment I'm not seeing myself in anything different then tattooing.

Q: Tattooing is a technique that needs to be learned. No matter how good your drawing skills are, still working on skin is a whole new thing. I bet many people don't realize this and jump right away on eBay to buy a tattoo "equipment" : ) What is the best approach in order to achieve a pro level in this job?
A: The most important thing is to work hard regularly. You will not become a good tattoo artist if you do one tattoo weekly. Only stubbornness and self critical point of view on the work you did will allow you to get better. Very important as well is having an artistic background.

- Did you face any difficulties when you were starting?
Always when you start you will find lots of difficulties. All this will make you a better tattoo artist, but all depends on how you will fix the mistakes. Necessarily is spending lots of time on composition of your tattoos and how they are done from a technical aspect.

Q: You're part of "Dead Body Tattoo" in beautiful Poland. Working with Alan Balcerak. How the team work influence you? Do you support each other when it comes to tattoo ideas etc?
A: When I opened my studio DEAD BODY TATTOO in 2009 I was thinking how nice would be work with someone. But unfortunately the studio was too small. When I change the location, my idea about another artist came back. For this moment in our team there are 3 tattoo artists. Alan Balcerak, Izabela Emert and me. Everyone works in different style which makes DEAD BODY TATTOO place where everyone will find something for themselves.

Q: You also travel a lot, visiting events like tattoo conventions and seminars, I believe it can be a great way to meet new people, but also have fun and get inspired. Congratulations on the many awards you got, absolutely deserved. Do you have any favorite moment that you can count as a career highlight?
A: Thank you very much for the nice words. This year is for me was very busy in different trips - that's true. It's giving me unbelievable energy to work and self progress. I love those trips because you meet lots of awesome people like you, fascinated with this form of art. One of the most important points of my career was the motivation from Tomasz Tofi Torfinski which got me in many reflections about the art of tattooing, the whole idea of creating something more then just another tattoo. As well lots of creative conversations and very helpful tips I got from the artist who love tattoo art like no one, my "big brother" Max Pniewski.

Q: International bookings can be so great from many aspects, I'm so happy to see you working together with artists like Tofi. Tell me more about this amazing collaboration.
A: I had a conversation with Tofi. After it gave me a big kick to work, conversations with Tofi are very creative because he never say anything on easy way. That's why we have to analyze and interpreted in your own way. For me he is a big authority because many years he is on the stage and still with the same passion.

- Any dream piece that is still just a ready made design in your sketchbook, waiting to be on someone's skin?
I have many of projects that are waiting for the owners. I'm designing new ones for the clients that are coming at the studio so we have something for their taste.

Q: What are some of your plans for the near feature?
A: I would like to travel in Asia and USA. For sure will be conventions and guest spots. I like to visit and se different countries, learning some about the culture and try traditional food. It give me lots of satisfaction when I can present my style worldwide.

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Mr. Lukasz SMYKU Siemieniewicz,
Thank you so much for the interview,
Kind Regards,
Iva Green