interview with Lukasz Sokolowski | Rock'n'Ink Tattoo & Piercing 25/5/'15

Hello Lukasz Sokolowski! Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions for our web magazine. You're part of "Rock'n'Ink Tattoo & Piercing" studio in Poland and you have a really remarkable style. Something that I really like about your art, is the fact that you bring something unique in every single design. Amazing...

I bet, it took you many sleepless nights to develop such a great style, let's start with some basic info...

Q: What made you to become a tattoo artist? Since when the fascination for tattoo art first began?
A: My fascination started when I was maybe 11-12 first time I saw a tattoos of Max Cavalera from Sepultura, then with my friends tried to copy some metal bands lp covers on skin using markers and pencils. In 90's I have a short story with some crap home-made tattoo machines and also crap tribal tattoo designs but, I cut this very quick and forget about tattooing for at least ten years, meanwhile I've finished art high school and studding fine arts and graphic design, later I was working as a graphic designer and some day my girlfriend persuaded me to try once again with a tattoo. I've tried, it wasn't so bad. The rest is history :)

Q: Your tattoos feature some dark motives, how would you describe your style?
A: Let's say Monotype tattoo style :)

Q: Do you have any influences, people/artists you admire and help you to inspire?
A: Of course I have. Hieronymous Bosch, Egon Schiele, Hannah Hoch, Tadeusz Kantor, Wladyslaw Hasior, Erwin Blumenfeld, Meczyslaw Wasilewski, Janusz Stanny, Roman Cieslewicz, David Carson. If You ask about tattoists: Noon, Palumbo Jeff, Lionel Fathy, Piet Du Congo, Marcin Surowiec, Peter Aurich.

Q: Portraits are also remarkable designs in your portfolio, but like I said, there's always something unique in each of them. How do you develop the basic ideas to the final one?
A: Usually I like to go out with a normal portrait form and add some graphic elements that are connected with the people. You know something that talks about their character or things they are famous about.

Q: Would you say that this style is like your personal sing?
A: I'm deeply carful on describing myself like a person (tattooist) who haven't got his own style yet. I think it's still growing, evolving. I don't want to find someday myself as a prisoner of my own style. Using a lot of tattoo forms of expressions gives me more space to not be trapped in a corner or artistic meaning.

- How much the tattooing could be an expressive profession?
It's always a result of compromise between me and the customer.

Q: To be a tattoo artist nowadays, it doesn't take some talent and great equipment, but it takes lots of patient, creativity and max dedication. How do you cheer up yourself when you get stuck sometimes, when the inspiration goes down?
A: I've only need to play one of these: Kinsky, Ved Buens Ende, Virus(Nor), Bach, Mozart, Coltrane, Furia,Dodheimsgard... and everything in my head comes to right position.

- Do you have any hobbies that help you to get some ideas?
I have only one hobby that helps me to clear mind, that's hiking.

Q: You're part of "Rock'n'Ink Tattoo & Piercing" studio in Krakow, Poland. There are some great artists working together. How is the energy going on there?
A: You may think that if there is place where working together few artists with strong personalities, there will be war every day :) but to be honest we are pack of great friends and every day is a great fun.

- Please add some basic contact info so my readers will find you and contact you.
www.facebook.com/looq.totoototam  or instagram:@looqsok

Q: What's the procedure about getting an appointment?
A: For appointment just write on rocknink@gmail.com and www.facebook.com/rockninktattoo

Q: Being constantly busy and dealing with different people all day, could be hard at times, especially when you have a creative job. The best and the "worst" parts of being a tattoo artist?
A: The best part is that you can realize yourself in a creative way and also it pay your bills.
The worst part is that sometimes clients think that if he/she pays you then he/she owned all of you. I called them "claims generation" cause it's more "popular" in younger part of customers.

Q: What would you recommend to the beginners?
A: Don't copy other tattoo artists' designs. ;)

Mr.Lukasz Sokolowski, Thanks so much for the interview.
All my best,
Iva Kancheska

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