Artists: Yorick Fauquant
What year did you start tattooing: 2001
Do you have any special training: I attended a prestigious art school in Belgium, Institut Saint-Luc, for a very short period of time before I left to become a tattoo artist. The principal of my High School actually enrolled me there because I couldn't stop drawing on the desks, walls, etc... Then I met the amazing and talented Jef Palumbo (who started graphic style/La Boucherie Moderne years later) who taught me how to tattoo by giving me a machine, putting me in a room alone with a customer, and saying "go at i!" He would usually come in to check on me and tell me it looks like shit and he will have to fix it. Very special training!
Tell us about the style of your work: I find my flow with nature. My style reflects the duality of light and dark, growth and decay, soft beauty and agonising pain. I am French so I was lucky enough to grow up with amazing architecture and antiques all around. I found my calling in the Art Nouveau style.
Conventions usually worked: I travel internationally to various conventions but my favourite is in Perpignan, south France (previously named Hallow Ink).
Where did you apprentice?: As I mentioned above, I apprenticed with Jef Palumbo before he started La Boucherie Moderne with Kostek. He had a shop in Belgium. All I can say is that tattoo artists have it really easy these days.
What tattoo artist do you most admire: I most admire a small group of people in the generation of artists just before mine, who, from my perception, actually changed the world of tattooing into Art. These artists include Filip Leu, Guy Aitchison, Grime, etc, etc
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: I ask them to really think about why they want a tattoo and what it means to them. I am like a psychoanalyst: I ask my customers to share who they are with me, their hopes, dreams, fears, past, present, future; and then I draw my interpretation of them.
How did you get into tattooing: On my 20th birthday my mother bought a tattoo for me. This was in 2000 so of course I got a big, black tribal piece. I was a terrible student in school, but my mother was certain that a career as an artist would never pay off. Once I saw that being a tattoo artist was a real job I knew that is what I wanted to do. I've been tattooing ever since!
What inspires you to be an artist: I am inspired by mother f***ing nature!
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: I really want the freedom to use a whole body as a canvas. I don't want to be confined to a portion of the body such as an "arm piece", like that is the whole canvas... My idea isn't to do a body suit, I just want the freedom to move around the body wherever the artwork wants to flow.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: There are some of my original artworks that I have not done yet and am very excited to do!