Artists: Monika Boo
What year did you start tattooing: 2012, September
Tell us about the style of your work: I really like old school "non-clean" tattoos. Still i can't help myself and often make designs to complex and then they are not old school anymore. Now i'm trying to approach something similar to neotraditional. A little something realistic, some bold lines, few flat objects etc. The only thing i can really say about my work is that every original design incorporates a young moon and a cross. I just love those!
Where did you apprentice?: Angis Tattoo, Vilnius, Lithuania.
What tattoo artist do you most admire: There are few. When i started my apprenticeship i fell in love with Emily Rose Murray. And today i really love Sneaky Mitch, Daniel Gench,Sebastian Brade and David Andrew Swambo. Those guys are just amazing!
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: If I think tattoo a person wants is a bad idea, i just tell them not to get it. But,i think the most used phrase is - do it bigger. Usually, when people get small tattoos, they come back to "add something to it".
How did you get into tattooing: I was working as a graphic designer and studying architecture. Tattooing was just something i found fascinating, but never expected to do. Still, i started sketching and going to studios for an apprenticeship. I couldn't believe it when i got one.
What inspires you to be an artist: Actually... Everything. Antique books, medieval and Greek art. Darkness, occultism, alchemy, heraldic, mysticism, night and black metal :) Forests, animals, textures.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: The best ones, of course. Still, i am very fresh at this, i have to learn lots of things. I hope i will develop my own style, something a little bit surreal.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: I want to do those dark ladies, but there's not many people in Vilnius, who would like to have this dark stuff on them. I really want to do a dark mystic sleeve with a lady in it.