Artists: Mr Hyde
What year did you start tattooing: 2011
Do you have any special training: I went to art school when I still lived back in Italy,dropped it after three years as I wasn't into learning to draw realism but more into sculpturing with mixed media.. I moved to London in 2001 and experimented various art courses with sculpture textiles and other media..
other than that I don't have any 'special' or classical training in drawing or painting techniques, which I find so useful as everything I do has no schemes whatsoever.. I work as loose as I can and I find it quiet pleasing
Tell us about the style of your work: It is hard to describe and often when people ask me that question I have no idea on what to answer... It's a simple traditional-based neo-traditional-ish... I call it TATTOODLES as they are basically doodle-tattoos
Conventions usually worked: I never worked in a convention yet.. Not because I didn't have the chance to but being a young artist I prefer working from a shop, conventions are rather fun but too chaotic to focus on your work.. although saying that I have a few scheduled for 2014..
Where did you apprentice?: I was a body piercer for several years and picked up tattooing through watching closely and asking question to whoever was working next to me.... Then I had a few close friends that were (and still are) amazingly talented that practiced the trade to high levels and they addressed me very well and gave me some life saving tips and directions..!
What tattoo artist do you most admire: I guess I really appreciate the neo/traditional Spanish Italian and eastern european style so... Monga, Deno, el Carlo, Sinsentido, Bara, Rudy Fritch, Luca Font, Miss Arianna, Surowiec and I could go on forever!! too many too good
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: Make sure you choose carefully and find the artist you really like.. only then you can be satisfied with a tattoo on you forever!
How did you get into tattooing: I have been fascinated by tattoos since I was a little kid.. I loved the powerful fact that they were something indelible, I loved the dodgy look of those wearing them and I loved the fact that art could be walking around!!!
What inspires you to be an artist: most of my work is inspired by childish drawings and illustration.. I like the simple way that kids doodle subjects and surroundings. I'm also strongly inspired by the 80's skate/punk culture so often I include some of that 'ignorant rawness' in my work too..
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: Hard to say... I like working from my own flash just as much as I like illustrating someone else's ideas.. so either way I'm always more than happy to stick tattoos on people
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: HUNDREDS !!