Interview with Mortitia Capriciosa

  Hello Mortitia! Thank you for taking the time to do this interview. Please start by telling us something about yourself and your background. Are you a self taught artist? How did you learn the basic skills of tattooing? My background is the same like many people. I started by learning the basics of this job in a shop which recruited me for the artistic qualities I had when I finished a famous art high school. I just came to his place to get tattooed, it was one of my creations. I was only a client, but he liked my design and asked me to be like an apprentice. In exchange for the drawings I prepared for his clients, he taught me the basics of tattooing.

Q: Was it hard getting into this business? How long took you to gain regular customers?
A: Everything went very quickly for me it was never difficult to find new clients because I had an artistic background that people liked. I quickly had success and only one year later I already had two years booked. But I was still a young artist and I can say that I learned tattooing along the way.

Q: What type of tattoos you use to do back then? Who was you first customer?
A: Today I work in realism style and mostly on very large pieces because I like to develop artistic universes and work it around the body. I listen to people's ideas and their life stories and I transcribe all that directly on their bodies. My first tattoo? Ahah My tattoo artist one day told me to sit in his place and take the machine :) I was scared. That was one of his clients and I was not aware of what will happen. He told me to finish his tattoo. The first clients often come back to me and sometimes that's to cover the old tattoos! Because they think I'm able to do it better now, I take it very well, I see it as a proof of their trust and love. Despite the time spent, they always ask me and I'm very touched to see they still trust me and they continue to love my art.

Q: From portraits to fantasy inspired themes, I saw even a biomechanical tattoo sleeve, which looks fantastic! Do you have any favorite style?
A: Everything can interest me, it depends only if the story is original. I admit that I don't particularly like working the bio-mechanical style but it was realism and that made it interesting to me. It's the story of my client that was interesting. The rest of time I like working in realistic style and that's the reason why I accept projects. I like to work the faces of the fantasy characters the flowers and the ornamentals, gothic roses etc what I call it black romantic. These are my predominant styles and personal selection but all things can be inspirating to me. Once the request comes from someone whose story touches me. This biomechanic piece was fun for me to transpose real joints to real mechanical parts as if I had to create a robot. But my personal tastes remain gothic romantic.

Q: What do you like the most about color tattooing?
A: I love working with color, it's much easier for me to manage than black and grey. My brain processes it better, I understand it more easily... My eyes see everything through color and I don't even think about it when I work on it. This is what I love to do and this is how my brain thinks. Black and grey is much less natural to me and I have to think and search how to do it when I'm processing... although it may seem odd. I love the light and the life that emerges from the colors, much more vibrant than black and grey more austere and frozen to me. Like old archive images.

Q: Do you take few sessions or there are some clients who want all the work done in one long session?
A: In general I work long sessions, full days of 7 to 8 hours of work. On average, I spend around 5 days on a back piece. I often start with 2 days in a row and then continue in separate days, spaced between few weeks. But I try to be quick to not forget my ideas and know how to get back to work without wasting time. I want to work as quickly as possible. I want them to have a feeling of progress and pride at the end of each session. And second, I work a lot in improvisation and I can't leave too much time between the start and the end of the sessions, to remember everything and continue with the same mood and inspiration. I don't like working more than 8 hours for reasons of tiredness for my client and for myself. And I want to be able to stay focused as much as possible. Beyond that, I no longer succeed so intensely.

Q: How important is to be open to new ideas?
A: Yes it's important to keep an open mind, not to get bored and become boring to others too. But I don't really evolve or change on purpose, inspiration comes on its own according to the periods, the visits, the things that I have seen or the historical periods that I study.

Q: Are you available for bookings?
A: I'm booked for four years and that is because I don't stop booking. Here is the email to contact:  My assistant is an angel and always reply. We are located in France, in historic region, the kings valley.

Q: Advice for the new artists?
A: To be serious, humble, generous.