Artists: Sebo Spiegl
Mystery Touch Tattoo
Ludwig-Binder Str. 9 8200
What year did you start tattooing?
I started in 2007 at Mystery Touch Tattoo in Austria.
How did you get into tattooing?
I used to draw a lot and when I was about 16 or 17 one of my mates came by with a fresh tattoo from a really good tattoo artist here in our area. I was really amazed by what’s possible to do with a tattoo machine on skin. In that moment I knew that I had to get a tattoo machine as quickly as possible.
What was your first shop experience like?
I was really excited and impressed by all the flash and tattoo pictures. It was a completely new world for me.
What is the tattoo scene like in Austria?
It’s really cool; for such a small country we really have a lot of good artists here. In the last few years the scene has started to see so many really good young artists, and there are still more coming. In our studio alone there are 10 artists working now! So the scene here in Austria has really high potential.
Do you have any special training?
I learned a lot about painting from my father who does mostly watercolor pictures. Here at the shop, and also during my travels, I had a lot of painting sessions with some amazing artists.
What conventions have you done recently or are planning to do this year?
I did a lot of conventions within the last year, mostly in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. I also did some in England, for instance the Tattoo Jam in Doncaster. I’ve decided to stay at home for the rest of this year, maybe next year I’ll go again. I really love traveling, but at the moment I really need to stay at home and concentrate a little bit more on myself.
How do you describe your style?
Usually I’d say graffiti, but some of my latest work look more and more like paintings, a little bit like acrylic. The important thing is that it has to be simple and striking.
You have a very unique style. What drew you to work in such a colorful, almost graffiti like style?
Thank you. Graffiti has always been a big inspiration to my drawing, and also everything I’ve learned in tattooing over the last few years, so everything combined brought me to this.
When do you find yourself using black and grey?
I really like working in black and grey, but I always have to combine it with strong colors. I don’t know why. I also don’t really have the chance to do pure black and grey tattoos because none of my customers want to do that.
What is your favorite subject matter to work with?
Almost everything that has to do with nature, I like doing faces and animals the most. Everything that has to do with that is fun for me.
What inspires you as an artist?
Almost everything that’s around me. Everything I see or I hear. I save every impression I can anywhere in my head. As an artist you can’t really stop thinking about art. Everything around you reminds you of a picture you’d like to do.
What sets you apart from other artists?
I don’t know, please tell me.
What other media do you work in?
I used to draw with pencils on paper for years, then I started to do acrylic paintings on canvas. I also love doing graffiti, all legal of course.
What tattoo artists do you admire most?
There are a too many to tell.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing?
Nothing special, everything that’s fun to do.
Is there a tattoo that you haven’t done yet that you are dying to do?
A whole bodysuit.
What has been one of your favorite pieces to tattoo?
I love my job, so every tattoo from the first until the last.