interview with Piotrek | "Rock'n'Ink Tattoo & Piercing"  29/05/2015

Hello Piotrek! Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions for our magazine. You're part of "Rock'n'Ink Tattoo & Piercing" studio in Poland. I love the fact that you're able to bring the maximum when it comes to tattooing almost every tattoo style.

Q: Since when the fascination for ink first began? What made you to become a tattoo artist?
A: I started tattooing in 2010, after one of my friend get out of jail and ask me cover one of his shitty tattoos. He thought that if I can draw and do engraving I can handle that :) After first time I saw that is harder than it looks. Then, I decided to do it more often and started cutting my friends and first clients at home and other strange places. Meanwhile I did weekend studies at art school. After a while, I stucked at Rock n' Ink and I'm here since then.

Q: Do you have any favorite style?
A: I don't do every style. Everyone fits in one style. At time to time I like to do something different because I like challenges but mostly, I do realistic tattoos. I like to do similarity of photos or do it with painting style. Usually I put together both techniques or I just do freehand. I like to do dark things based on portraits where I can focus on things that are beyond the main character.

Q: What kind of designs are most difficult to work on?
A: I think we can name them as "harder", more complex that need more time to be done especially when we want to finish at one session. It also depends of the placement and the comfort for both sides.

- Gotta be honest, color portraits are my favorite. Do you prefer color ink or you also find a great inspiration and creative freedom in black & gray tattoos too?
Color or gray, it doesn't mind for me. It takes more time to do color tattoos, but we can show more using them and even surprise myself. Gray is quite pleasant for me. I can't chose between both ones. It depends on how the tattoo will look like and then I decide which style should be used.

Q: What are some of the most weird, unusual requests that you got from your clients? :)) Share some funny stories.
A: We have a lot of strange, wired projects. I can't say which one was the craziest. I think after so many years, I prepared myself for every idea but maybe I'm wrong and there will be something that blows my mind in the future :)

Q: Being creative on daily basis is quite hard at times. How do you get inspired?
A: Good music, art, movies are always inspiring. Sometimes, taking some days off is good because I can relax and get new ideas.
Sadly because I tattoo almost everyday I don't have a lots of time for hobbies. I used to train capoeira and liked to do music and I hope soon I'll be able to get back to this things. In my free time I like to paint and draw, it's like hobby to me.


Q: Some tattoos require more sittings... What was the longest tattoo session you've had?
A: 13h- was the longest session I did. Final effect is the most motivating thing when you want to battle pain. I try to work segmental and not coming back to things I did before.

Q: You're part of "Rock'n'Ink Tattoo & Piercing" studio in Krakow, Poland. There are some great artists working together...
A: It's great to be here. Everyday is fun.

- Please add some basic contact info so my readers will find you and contact you.

Q: What's the procedure about getting an appointment? How long does it takes?
A: Just write at  often I got everything booked mostly for 3/4 months forward.

Q: Any motivational words for the new artists?
A: We have to do what we like. If we do, there always will be pressure for being better. If someone wants to achieve anything in tattoo business needs to give full heart and a lot of patience into it, without that I think it won't work :)

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