interview with Marianne Drost | Sinners Inc, Denmark| 24/09/2019


Hello Marianne Drost! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer some questions for our magazine. You have very interesting style and unique touch on each of your designs. I bet your style inspires many out there.

Q: How did you get into the world of tattooing? Did you feel inspired by someone?
A: I've always been creative, always loved drawing – both during class in school and when I was at home. I dreamt of utilizing my creativity, doing what I love for a living, but I wasn't sure if it was possible. I dabbled with thoughts of pursuing CGA (Computer Graphics Arts) or design, but then got acquainted with the world of tattooing and immediatley fell in love. Before I got into the world of tattooing I was really inspired by various concept artists for video games, art nouveau painter Alphonse Mucha and the tattoo legend Jeff Gogue.

Q: How much the talent is playing a key part in becoming a professional tattoo artist?
A: It depends so much on the individual pursuing it. I believe that a big part of it concerns mindset. Whether you are naturally gifted with the ability to draw, to understand light, perspective, depth – or you put all of your energy into learning it, all day, every day. There are different routes to becoming a professional artist – but common for everyone is the right insight and drive.

- Was it hard to learn tattooing?
I've always been told I'm quite good at picking up new things I'm passionate about, whether it's horseback riding, archery or tattooing. So I think this too, came quite naturally to me. Perfecting things takes time, but as long as you're aware that it will take both time and dedication, it's just a fun learning curve. One that never ends, because you learn and develop throughout your entire life.

Q: What type of art interested you when you were just a beginner? What type of tattoos you used to do back then?
A: I'm a nerd with a capital N, and therefore I've always been really attracted to cosplays, magical and moody photoshoots and concept art; fantasy and sci-fi.
In the beginning I did small simple things, my very first tattoo was a silhouette of a helmet from Dead Space and gradually from there I did more advanced things, and tried out different styles – before falling in love with the challenge of "level of detail" realism could provide for me.

Q: How much time took you to gain confidence in your work?
A: That's a hard question. Because the second you're 100% satisfied with your work, you aren't chasing bettering yourself anymore, and I believe that's an extremely important part of any craft. I believe that there's a balance to aim for, when tattooing. Always challenging yourself to do the best job possible, in a detailed or complicated design, but not doing something that you're in too deep for pulling off. It's a forever learning experience, and you're supposed to naturally want to improve all the time.

Q: I love your style and your ability to put a personal note in each of your designs. True artist! How do you create your designs, do you draw a bunch of sketches before tattoo session?
A: First of all, thank you so much! It varies a lot how long it takes me to do my designs, often I have quite a clear idea of what I want in my head and then the tricky part can just be finding the proper references to use for the design. Other times it's a reversed situation, where I go adventure in references and get inspiration from photoshoots, cosplays etc. and stumble upon images that works perfectly for the theme of the design.

Q: You do many different styles in black and grey. Would you try playing with some color inks?
A: I feel that I have so much more to learn in the black and grey area, and I'm so in love with it, that I'd rather dive deeper into it and put all of my focus there, rather than divide my focus and be sufficient at several different styles.

Q: Any favourite type of work? Portrait or dot work etc, what would you find as most challenging, time consuming?
A: Details! Definitely detailed stuff in realism. Subsurface scattering in leaves, backlit faces, fur and textures. It's fun, it challenges me and it does take quite some time to try and perfect.

Q: Do yo see progress in the tattoo scene in Denmark? I've seen so many new artists and tattoo events.
A: For some reason Denmark seems to be a place with a large amount of artists with a high skill level, compared to the size of the country. I'm lucky to have met, guested with and become friends with a few of the ones I consider the best in the country. I love networking with colleagues from other shops or countries even, broadening my horizon and seeing things from new perspectives.

Q: What's the best/most rewarding part of being a tattoo artist?
A: There are two things, the humbling sensation of doing something that's so important to the client, that they have wanted for a long time and they will treasure forever. The connection with the client and colleagues – conversations, jokes, having a good time despite the client being more or less in pain for an entire day. I'm a very social person, so it fits me perfectly that I get to socialize while working. It's a job that feels just like hanging out, drawing and having a cozy time and I love it to bits!

Q: What all the young people who want to try to tattoo be aware of?
A: Draw, draw and draw some more. Surround yourself with talented people who can teach you the fundamentals of tattooing, figure out what techniques work for you - we're all different in the way we work. Be with people who motivates you, set goals for yourself, be insightful and critique yourself.

Please write down your contact info and studio location.
@drosttattoo on IG – Drost Tattoo on FB
Currently working at Sinners Inc, Aarhus, Denmark.
Ms.Marianne Drost, Thank you so much for the interview.
Kind regards,
The team