If you’re looking for bold, dynamic and out-of-the-box tattoos, then you’ve come to the right place. London’s Volkan Demirci is paving the way for the surrealism genre, constantly pumping out bulletproof and mind-bending designs that pack a serious punch. We sat down with Demirci to learn how he found his way into the tattoo industry and where he finds inspiration for his unconventional designs.

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How did you get into tattooing?

I was trapped by my friends. Actually, it’s true, I had no idea what I was getting into. I thought I could earn some pocket money and could leave it whenever I wanted, which is not possible. It was too late, I was already poisoned with the best poison ever made, ink.

What was your first shop experience like?

I was an apprentice in my first shop and the first thing I learned there was how to build my own machine with an aluminum frame. True story, my master was a machine builder in Turkey and everybody was showing me huge respect because of my master. He’s a great man and I still have contact with him.

What was the first tattoo you did?

I did my very first tattoo on my own leg to try my aluminum framed coil machine, which I learned from my master. It was a terrible experience to tattoo my own leg.

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What are some of the major subject matters you like to tattoo?

I like to do compositions which have a story or an emotion. This is why I like to use portraits in my designs. I do consultations with my clients to understand their main idea, it is the best way I know to create something different for each client. During the last couple of months, I started using geometric shapes in my designs and I’ve enjoyed it.

What inspires you as an artist?

Usually, I try to break myself. My father taught me that, I have to break my chains to improve my personality. I believe our brain is the only cage for us. Of course, I was inspired by many amazing artists, but first, I accepted who I am at that moment. Then I start to think about what should I do to improve my skills. The universe is the biggest inspiration, which I always appreciate.

Where do you find references for your designs?

Oh references, that’s a huge topic. I believe one of the most important parts of the design is finding a good reference. We have many common sources on the web, such as Pinterest, deviantart, Google, but I try to find photographer pages, which are great for portraits and surrealistic compositions.

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Which tattoo artists do you admire most?

To be honest with you, most of them. I admire unique designs, so if someone has some unique details in their designs, that’s the moment when I go mad.

What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing?

I’m trying to focus on abstract-realism, which I really enjoy. Creating something abstract is really fun and I like to add some emotions into it with faces or surrealist objects. I hope one day to have my own design style, which people will know is done by Volkan.

Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do?

Actually, I really want to find my own unique style to do which is the hardest thing ever. If I had to say something I’m dying for, it is improving my skills.

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