Interview with ZifloTattoo | Realism Style | France 03/01/2023

  Hello Ziflo! Thank you for taking the time to answer some questions for our readers. Please start by telling us something about yourself and your background.What got you into tattooing? Was it hard learning the basics? The reason I got into tattooing was because I met a friend who was a tattooist and I walked all alone. It was hard, yes. Being alone, you had to face criticism but the determination was there!

Q: How long took you to figure out your creative process and gain confidence in your work?
A: I would say 4 years. It's very difficult to be confident, but I always wanted to learn and see other ways of working. That enabled me to get on this level.

Q: Tattoo realism is no joke! I bet you can play a little with the other styles, even little mistakes can be corrected with some cover ups here and there. It's doable. However, with tattoo realism, that seems impossible. This style requires precision and quality. What do you like the most about this style?
A: It's true that the slightest mistake in realism can be fatal! That's why I like it! I find the end result fascinating and seeing my clients happy at the end of the session is the most satisfying.

Q: Talking about precision, what type of designs are the most challenging to work on? Human portraits, animals?
AA: I would say human portraits. When I approach the eyes, I lock myself in my bubble to be as focused as possible.

Q: How long does it take to finish a big portrait tattoo?
A: For a portrait tattoo, I need 5-6 hours. I like to take my time with my client to be relaxed from the start.

Q: I like how you mix both black and white ink. The white parts are giving that vibrant look, the details just "pop" . Really cool effect. How much the knowledge of proper usage plays a key role here? Even after the tattoo fully heals?
A: Thank you very much! At the end of the session I aplly the white, and it has an important role, for relief or others! I love it when it's time to put the white because that’s when the play comes to life.

Q: Do you take a few sessions sometimes or the whole tattoo can be done in one sitting?
A: Generally yes, everything is done in one sitting.

Q: You're very talented. Have you ever thought to experiment with some color inks? I think you will be really great.
A: I wish I could. I have a couple of colleagues who are doing color, and I find that fascinating. One day maybe.

Q: Do you have any interesting hobbies? What do you do in your free time?
A: Not really, I work Monday to Saturday. I spend my time trying to improve everything that's possible. I want to go far and mark my name.

Q: Many tattoo artists are travelling for work nowadays. Guest spots, conventions... are a great opportunity to meet new people, share some knowledge and experience. How often do you participate in these type of events?
A: Yes! That's great. I love to travel for work. I've been to several corners of France as well as Dubai! It’s a pleasure to share my knowledge and learn from them.

Q: Where are you located now? Are you available for bookings? Please write down your email and studio address.
A: I am in France at Donnemarie-Dontilly, I am available for reservations. I have about 3-4 months waiting. Email: Contact Ziflo@gmail com

Q: What's your opinion about your local tattoo scene? Do you see progress?
A: Yes, we have a lot of good artists, who can stand out and that's incredible, but our profession must be more recognized by the state!

Q: Do you have anything you would like to promote?
A: Yes, I invite you to join me on my professional instagram Ziflotattoo

Q: Being a tattoo artist is a really cool job. In a matter of fact, more than a job. A lifestyle! What do you like the most about being a tattoo artist?
A: Yes, I didn't think it would be like this. I finally found my place. I love waking up in the morning and going to work. Working with my customers and seeing them leave with a smile.

Q: Your advice to all the young people who want to try getting into this business?
A: That you must love all tattoo styles and be interested in it! You will find your style over time. It took me a few years before I became specialized in tattoo realism. I drew a lot before I started, not far from a year of drawing. You can find a salon that will accompany you, or do it on your own, don't neglect drawing.