Exclusive Interview with Barthez by Iva Kancheska 14/01/2011
Q: How long have you been tattooing?
A: I have been tattooing for fifteen years now in various places around the world.
Q: What made you to become a tattoo artist?
A: There are many factors that contributed to my career choice, the music I listened to, my friends and my lifestyle.
Q: Did you have an artistic background growing up?
A: I studied art at high school and went on to study for 5 years at art university where I graduated as a sculpturist in 2003.
Q: How has your work developed over the years?
A: I’ve been tattooing at my current level for the past 5 years. Before that, I was trying to experiment with different style before I settled into realism and fantasy.
Q: Probably, the most remarkable designs in your portfolio are the portraits. You are making stunning color mix. Are you always the "main" creator in doing someone's tattoo?
A: People bring in their ideas and I do my best to make them look as good as they possibly can.
Q: Do you prefer color ink?
A: I do enjoy black and grey work but I prefer color ink.
Q: Through your portfolio we can see a lot of crazy portraits .:D Even some of them makes the viewers scream, laugh, get inspired etc. What reaction from a viewer makes you happiest?
A: I don’t know how people are going to react, specifically to my porn style work but my customers are always very happy and that’s all that matters.
Q: Is there any the "red line"?
A: Like many artists there are lines even I will not cross. For example I do not want to do some tattoos that are politically motivated or anything else I find particularly offensive.
Q: Have you ever thought to change something in your style it and start doing something completely different?
A: I am trying new things in my work all the time. I don’t think it’s good to just stay in your comfort zone as you will never improve.
Q: What can you say that is your "trade mark" as an artists? Something that sets you apart from other artists?
A: I do not have a trade mark, but I have my own way of doing things that is evident in my work.
Q: What are your feature plans? Things that you would like to do and have not done yet? Maybe tattoo book or exhibition?
A: Maybe in the future I will do an exhibition of my paintings and drawings but I am not interested in doing an autobiography. I am a normal guy from a small town in Bulgaria, if you want a book ask Kat Von D but that’s not for me.
Thank you Iva.