Artists: Andrea Giulimondi
The Family Business
58 Exmouth Market
EC1R 4QE, London
+44 (0)20 7278 9526
What year did you start tattooing?
I started six years ago.
How did you get into tattooing?
I had always loved drawing, but it was here in London that I started to really pay attention to tattoos and tattooing in general. While I was working as a bartender I came into contact with a lot of tattoo enthusiasts, and my love and interest grew from there. On my return to Italy I bought the necessary equipment, and my journey into the tattoo world started there.
Where did you apprentice?
Like many of us I started to tattoo at home, but I soon realized that to progress I would need the help of a professional environment. My first real shop work was with Diego Brandi, at Subskin Tattoo in Rome. He kindly offered me the chance to learn and practice in a clean, knowledgeable setting.
Do you have any special training?
Prior to tattooing I worked in a few small graphic design studios as an illustrator.
What conventions have you worked? Have you won any awards? What are some of your best convention memories?
I must say I’m not particularly keen on working at conventions. I find the whole process a little stressful. Having said that, I have enjoyed working at the London, Edinburgh, and Rome conventions and plan to work these, and maybe some more, this year. What interests me the most about conventions is catching up with old friends.
How do you describe your style?
When I started tattooing I was in love with very simple, rugged, traditional-style tattoos. As my work evolves it’s becoming more detailed and less rough.
What inspires you as an artist?
I find London fascinating, and I jumped at the opportunity to work here at the Family Business. London is so diverse and full of culture—I would say that this city is one of my main inspirations.
What sets you apart from other artists?
I believe every artist is different from another, as there are so many ways to approach and interpret the same subject matter, depending on your past experiences, inspirations, and tastes.
What other mediums do you work in?
I love to draw in pencil a lot, [but] I’m starting to use color a lot more.
Which tattoo artists do you admire the most?
There are a lot of artists who I admire, but to name a few of them, I’d say Rudy Fritsch, Jeff Gogue, and Stizzo.
What kind of tattoos do you most look forward to doing?
I like tattooing a lot of different styles—like neo-traditional and realistic—but I like to often change my approach to the work, in an attempt to broaden and evolve my style.
Before someone gets tattooed, what advice do you give them?
I don’t tend to give too much advice to customers. I just like to try to ensure they have a nice, enjoyable experience. I [don’t] like to dictate what or where they get tattooed.
Is there a tattoo that you haven’t done yet that you’re dying to do?
I enjoy tattooing women’s faces and animal portraits. I’d love to do more tattoos of sharks, as I’ve always admired them.