Artists: Soren Granhof Schjott
Søren Granhof Schjøtt
(+45) 3211 7912
What year did you start tattooing?
Around the mid nineties I did my first couple of tattoos on my self and a few friends, encouraged by a good friend back then, Mike Ledger. But because of paranoia of bikers and the fact that I was busy starting up as an independent graphic designer I didn’t make much out of it before the beginning of the new millennium, where I start taking in paying customers and doing less computer graphics. I’ve only been a full time tattooist for the last couple of years, finding it hard to quit the graphics completely. Now I enjoy putting all my heart into it and don’t miss the computer at all.
How did you get into tattooing?
Being a part of a tattoo/music mag called Progress Magazine by the end of the eighties paved my way into the scene – the editor had a couple of nice shaded black’n'gray pieces made by Henning Jørgensen from Royal Tattoo and when I saw them I suddenly knew that tattooing was for me.
Where did you apprentice?
Unfortunately I didn’t apprentice – I did the journey by myself. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone; it’s been very tough figuring everything out by myself.
What conventions have you worked at? Have you won any awards?
I haven’t been working any conventions yet. I have always worked by appointment only and kept it very low key – there you got the origin of the name of the studio, by the way. I have won a 1st price for Best Large Color at a Danish convention though – one of my costumers registered without me being there, haha … We attend different conventions every year of course, just as guests – Berlin, London et cetera – just to feel the vibe and be with the boys.
How do you describe your style?
Oriental and realistic. I’m very much into flow, motion, positive-negative relation and the interaction with the body, much more than following a special school or style.
What inspires you as an artist?
Other people’s hard work and dedication! The urge to get better and maybe some day be able to do the kind of work I’m dreaming about! And the thought of being able to support my self and my family just by doing this wonderful job being my own boss.
What other mediums do you work in?
Not much more than drawing and a little painting with india ink now and then. My apprentice, Rasmus, and my wife are much more into painting, so I guess I soon have to join them. I know how important it is, but I haven’t been able to find the time yet. And of course I dig photography and computer graphics as well by the way.
What tattoo artist’s do you admire most?
Filip Leu for inspiring me for so many years. I had the pleasure to get tattooed by him in the old apartment in Lausanne, Switzerland, many years ago. It made a big impression on me. Shige of Yellow Blaze for doing stuff you can’t believe in a pace you can’t believe and Jeff Gogue for being very artistic, very technical skilled and have the guts to get a very big back-piece from Shige, hahaha! And then I have the pleasure to have my left arm done these days by a very talented bloke, Johan Finné of Evil Twins in Sweden, which have inspired me and the rest of the crew in the studio a lot. Check him out!
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing?
Every kind on people who trust me and let me decide how to execute the job.
Is there anyone that you would like to tattoo?
Would be cool to make a nice half-sleeve or something like that on the Danish Crown Prince Frederik. Think he’s a cool and mellow guy, he has a couple of small tattoos already and his grandpa was very much into tattoos and it was actually him who wrote the Danish laws about tattooing.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?
Go bigger! Hahaha … No, I have very openminded customers, and most people know what I’m into before contacting me, so they want what I do.
Is there a tattoo that you haven’t done yet that you are dying to do?
Definitely – I have a long journey in front of me, and I haven’t reached any of my artistic goals yet.