Artists: Lionel Fahy
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Out of Step Tattoo
How did you get into tattooing?
I was tattooing by myself, by hand, when I was 15 years-old, then I stopped because it was really bad! That was in 1985. Then during a tour as a professional musician, I met an old tattoo artist, he showed me things like soldering and sterilizing then I built myself from there alone. It took years and years to learn.
Where did you apprentice?
Tattoo apprenticeships were not easy for anybody coming from the outside during the mid-80’s in France. You had to be introduced by an old timer to buy any equipment, ink or needles…that’s why I learned a lot alone.
Do you have any special training?
I come from a very artistic family. I did some studies in the visual arts and music management. I’ve always drawn and nowadays I share my time between tattooing, trips, illustrating books and playing music with my band Granit 665.
What conventions have you worked at? Have you won any awards?
I’ve won some awards for my black work. I’ve done a lot of conventions in the past few years: France, Belgium, England, Holland, etc. In the next few months I will be at some conventions in Norway and Denmark too.
How do you describe your style?
Oldschool tattoo. But I was not in the same school or oniric tattoo work. I tell stories with my work. You hate it totally or you love it totally. I’m not here to please everybody.
What inspires you as an artist?
I’m inspired by the life and stories of my customers, my family, my children, my friends, landscapes, the ocean and extreme music.
What other mediums do you work in?
I spend time with some illustration projects, printings, paintings, and a lot of music.
What tattoo artist do you admire most?
Curly from England and Dave Lumb from America.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing?
I do only my work now! I’m very happy!
Have you tattooed any celebrities?
Yes. I’ve tattooed some politicians, hip-hop celebrities, porn stars and some more amazing anonymous people.
Is there anyone that you would like to tattoo?
No, not really.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?
I ask my customers to compile all the things they really love; music, drawings from everywhere, paintings, books, pictures, absolutely everything! It allows me to know more about them and which direction I have to go for their project. They open a door to their universe and that is my favorite moment.
Is there a tattoo that you haven’t done yet that you are dying to do?
Oh yes. I would like to use someone’s nipples for eyes and their belly for a huge mouth. If anyone is interested I will do it for very cheap!