Posted on November 23 2017
I'm from a town in the south west of France called “Rodez”, and 2 years ago I quit everything to start tattooing.
I owe a lot to the people who supported me in this process, it's never easy when you leave your job and your habits to lead the life you dream of, there are two or three people around me without whom I would be nothing today, people who hosted me when it was hard, people who encouraged me and who are still here today
I also have a lot of people who support me on Instagram, it's really nice to have feedback on work, and can lead to great customer projects. People who follow me or want to be tattooed often have great ideas, important stuff for them, so they talk to me about it and I make them a tailor-made tattoos. Its cool to see that people that you tattooed wearing their ink with pride.
Was Hand Poke tattooing something you went to after machine tattooing, or has the hand poke style always been your preferred method?
I started the classic coil machine the first 6 months but it takes a lot of experience to get to handle correctly a coil machine, it's all about balance engine / wrist weight and hard work; also, i don't really like the brutal side of the machine, there is always a heightens risk of error because the skin is ravaged during refills, the wounds are deep etc.
All these reasons make me opt for the hand poke, I find in this discipline something mystical, meditative, we can plant our points exactly at the right depth under the skin. It gives a feeling of control and precision that I don't get with machines.
The material needed to do the handpoke is also very basic, I can tattoo anywhere in the world because everything fits in my backpack.
The handpoke is a real state of mind, it takes time, patience, calm and serenity, I was a turbulent kid who came out all the time make bullshit, this discipline me completely channeled!
What was it like the first time you put needle and ink to skin?
It was a small knife on my leg, with my first coil machine. As soon as I received it, I just put a liner 3 on and I tried it
I put a vague stencil that has of course taken badly and the knife is ugly, but I love it
Have you always been a tattoo artist?
Oulahlah sensitive subject!
I did a lot of things before finding tattooing. 3 years of failed studies, kitchen work, odd jobs, every time I started something new i had a big problem with authority, so I thought “man wake up, u can’t handle normal jobs u need to live u’r passion”
I spent a lot of time in difficult situation, shady evenings in shady places, I went out late, returned late, totally high. Then little by little I started to draw, to get up at 6 o'clock in the morning every day to draw, I started to tattoo myself, a lot. I have around 20 self tattoos.
I met a former friend who had become a tattoo artist, who tattooed, little by little he began to teach me, and then after a while it became obvious. In November we will open our shop both in Rodez, the city where I mainly tattoo.
Do you have any memorable/ funny stories you can tell?
I tattoo myself a lot, almost once a week, and i'm often tattooing some pattern to remember my "girlfriend crush" of the moment. Sometimes, i even ask them to tattoo me!
So Single Needle Tattoo Kits, I believe that home tattooing is inherently risky, but people have, and will continue to tattoo themselves, therefore making a safe and affordable kit is the way forward... What's your take on this?
It is a good idea to create a kit ready to use to limit risky practices and put the facts in context, tattooing is not a practice like piercing, injuries created are superficial and usually heal without problems.
Nowadays with the large-scale sterilization of single-use equipment, tattooing is becoming less of a risky practice.
I do not like the attitude that aims to prohibit people to start at home, it's like everything in life, if you feel able, do it, go for it, and let no one dissuade you!