Interview with Moriel Seror | Style | Munich, Germany | 28/06/2020


 Hello Moriel Seror! Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for our magazine. You're very creative and talented artist who brings a unique style out in the industry. I bet you inspire many young artists out there, so our conversation will probably intrigue many to try getting into this business. Start by telling us something about yourself and what inspired you to start tattooing? What part of the journey was the most difficult? Did anyone help you?

I got my first tattoo when I was 16. Ever since then I was kind of hooked on it. I studied computer science but just being in front of the computer all day was not really my thing. After studying I worked as as graphic designer and web developer but very early into that I started my apprenticeship with my tattoo artist Yancoo tattoo.
The most difficult was and still is that I'm my worst critique. I'm never satisfied and think everyone else is better. Off course this pushes you forward but is not that good for your self esteem sometimes. I probably have to be also my biggest fan.

Q: What type of art outside tattooing you like the most? Do you have any favorite artists?
A: That would be definitely sport. I train a lot. Mostly BJJ and calisthenics. I have a lot of favorite artists. Too many to count. One big inspiration I really look up to is Boris since I'm also getting tattooed by him, I'm also in close contact and we talk about all kinds of stuff. It's really interesting what someone that has been a big name in this industry and still is can tell you.

Q: What type of tattoos you use to do back when you were a beginner? How did you develop your style?
A: I did pretty much everything. Which I think is very important since you can learn something from every style. I'm not sure if I really have a style. I'm still pretty diverse. Off course I like some stuff more than other but as long as I have my artistic freedom I can turn a lot of styles into my own.

Q: Your portfolio looks awesome! I can see a lot of different styles, lots of unique designs, even if some are portraits of some person but still there is that unique touch you put in each of them. Tell me more about the creative process. How is it done? Do you draw some sketches before the session or you use some photoshop, digital arts etc?
A: That really depends a lot on what it is. Since I used to work as a graphic designer I work a lot with photoshop. Which I mainly use for my realistic work. When it's some of my bro traditional stuff I do a lot of drawings either digital or on paper and with the bio-organic I freehand a lot. Using a lot of different techniques keeps it interesting.

Q: Bringing quality and uniqueness... You might be inspired by someone but still it's crucial to get the final result from your own imagination. Since tattooing is some sort of a service job, how much do you feel like you have creative freedom from your clients? How much tattooing can be a form of self expression?
A: Tattooing is a huge form of self expression for the client but also for the artist. Luckily I'm in a position where my clients give me artistic freedom. Which I really need. Sometimes when I'm designing and I feel stuck I have to restart all over again and listen less to what the client told me. I need this flow when I’m designing. Otherwise I can’t work. I think a tattoo is a teamwork between artist and client. We need the freedom but we also have to be greatful for client that grant us this freedom. I'm always open for cool ideas by clients and I always try to put my twist on it.

Q: The color tattoos... oh so impressive! Bright, vibrant colors and perfectly done details! It's like you bring life to the character. The most eye catching designs are probably the realistic portraits but mixed with some fantasy themed design. Really cool. How long does it takes to finish a big piece like that?
A: I love that you mention this style since this is something I’m really trying to push at the moment. Also here it depends a lot on how big the design is off course. Usually I need two sessions but depending on the size and detail it can be more.

Q: I bet exploring new ways of working can be a lot of fun, but sometimes a bit of a challenge technically or maybe even creatively. I see that you are trying to work on many different styles and creating one final design piece. Do you have any favorite tattoo that you think was the most challenging but as well most rewarding at the same time for your artistic progress?
A: That’s difficult to answer because I feel like I'm learning something new every day. Creating this portrait double exposure tattoos is quite challenging because the semi transparent object can be quite difficult to creat. But also to make multiple pictures that normally wouldn’t go together, look like one as if they were meant like this can be challenging. Searching for the right pictures can take forever since I always have the perfect picture in my head. That’s why I take my own pictures from time to time to get the exact look I want.

Q: I really like to see talented artists working together! It's so refreshing and fun even from my viewer perspective. I can only imagine how is to work with artists like Torsten Malm and Adrian Cier. So much creativity and so much talent! Tell me more about this collaborations. Who's idea was for you guys to meet and work together?
A: I met Torsten and Kätlin a couple of years ago in Venice on the convention and we clicked right away. Adrian started working in my shop around 2 years ago. So we went to a lot of conventions together and he met Torsten and Kätlin too. We had this great energy as a team. I don’t remember who had the idea to do a collab but we were all into it and when we did it was so much fun. We laughed so much. Even though it can be challenging for four artist to work together we never had any problems, because we leave each other the freedom and support each other.

- Do you think you have learned something about yourself and/or for your art or just tattooing in general from them?
Yes absolutely. If you keep your senses open you can learn something from everyone especially from skilled artists like they are.

 Collab @adriancier @torstenmalm_tattoo and @katlinmalm_tattoo @el_mori_tattooartist

Q: How much the international exposure on tattoo conventions, seminars etc is good for one artist in order to grow?
A: The exchange between artists is a crucial part of growing and that can be achieved through conventions guestspots, seminars or just talking with each other.

Q: What are some of the goals for the near future that you plan to work on?
A: I'm trying to really make the shop grow. Would love to have more guest artists there and to get an interesting environment. I haven't really done any seminars and get asked a lot if I could do one. So that’s a big plan. But I'm a perfectionist so I want to create a unique experience for the artists that take part in one of these seminars.

Q: What would you suggest to all the people who want to try their luck in getting into this business? What is the best approach?
A: Shit up and listen. You might learn something.
Be persistent but not pushy. Be kind to everyone. You never know who you are talking to and what you might get back even if it’s only a smile.

You can connect with him:
Instagram: @mori_occultum @el_mori_tattooartist

Mr.Moriel Seror Thank you so much for the interview,
Take care and keep up the great work.