Interview with Christos Zorbas

 Hello Christos Zorbas! Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview. Please start by telling us something about yourself and what inspired you to start tattooing? Everything started when I was 17 years old. I read an interview in a local newspaper, there was an answer to the question what does tattoo mean to you, and that answer was like a seed deep inside me. The answer was the blessing that God gives you to carve something on someone and he carries it with him until he dies. That thing got me, so on that day I said, “This is what I want to do with my life”.

Q: Do you remember some of your old tattoos?
A: My first tattoo was a Joker, did that on my best friend back in the day, such a bad result! Hahaha

Q: Today your work looks awesome! Tattoo realism is your creative direction. What do you like the most about this style?
A: Truth is, I never cared so much about realism, I cared more about the feeling I could give in each tattoo at this point. I really love expressionism and the strong color contrasts in the final result.

Q: Any favorite tattoos you did recently?
A: My most lovely pieces nowdays are a couple designs I did with masks which are based on my photos I captured for the tattoos. I love fetish stuff and passionate love.

Q: How much the support from your clients means to you?
A: The fact that one can travel miles away from the other side of the world just to get tattooed by me is the best feeling. Although as sad a memory is at the same time, it is the one that fills me the most, when a mother saw the portrait of her dead child in the hand of her other child. Such moments remain engraved inside you forever.

Q: Social media can be very helpful tool for learning and inspiration. I'm happy to see new artists popping up every day... I guess, if we ditch the need of comparison and the negative effects from it, I think it's great to be out there. How do you navigate your own way through it? Are there any favorite artists you look up to?
A: Truth is that I belong to a generation, when those platforms were a school for me. Otherwise, what makes me sad is watching more and more people fall into these platforms and all they care about is likes and followers and they end up trying to show off and they don’t take advantage to learn from bigger artists around the world. That's really frustrating. I was influenced by so many artists the entire time and I’m still influenced to be honest. Some of them are Benjamin Laukis, Levgen and Kamil Mocet.

Q: I like the fact that more people are open for collaborations either working as guest spots or at tattoo conventions, seminars etc. Our community has changed in a positive direction, as a result I don't think tattooing is taboo any more. Do you agree?
A: There is always space for more. I'm always trying to make progress. I love the contrasts in my life so definitely a big thumbs up for collaborations. Especially when I meet artists with different styles.

Q: Located in beautiful Greece, I bet even the place on its own is enough inspiring for an artist... How is the tattoo scene in Greece? Do you see progress?
A: My city is Thessaloniki. It is considered the most erotic city in Greece, so it definitely helps me a lot. It's in the culture for sure, greeks are open to ideas, they make big pieces and they like to be fully inked. Greek artists are evolving rapidly and there is a very good competition. Also something that I notice in my generation and I really like is the relationships that artists have with each other individually, they exchange ideas and techniques and hang out with each other. Something that was not the case in the past.

Q: If you could turn back the time what would you change?
A: Maybe I would try to find an artist who inspires me and do a seminar. I would definitely save 1 to 2 years of my life learning tattoo techniques.

Thank you so much for having me in your amazing magazine.
It really means a lot to me and I truly appreciate it.
Keep up the good work, Thank you.