Trend Watch: Poles With Needles Or How Our Tattooists Are Inking the World
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Tattoos have long left the domain of prison walls, tear drops, and sailor's romances, and the Polish tattoo scene is buzzing with established and upcoming artists who are leaving their mark, permanently! Here’s a look at some of the more progressive needle work which is piercing through Polish skin.
Firstly, let's look at Marcin Aleksander Surowiec, a Warsaw-based freelance tattoo artist who, due to his versatility in different tattoo styles has become a household name. His work includes some of the best examples of precise geometric tattoos, abstracts, pointillisms, black & greys, neo-traditional, as well as some of the old school traditionals.
The crow is a great example of mixing styles, without losing the overall feel for the image.
Rubic’s cube are always a favorite, yet Surowiec displays control of the image, with lines and without.
But seriously, who wouldn’t want to confirm their loyality in this way? …Vibrant colors and whacky toes, he’s your man!
Here’s something more sinister, and something for those who are sailors at heart, as well as one to remember your grandma.
Next is a group of artists who have come under the Juniorink name, underscoring that they are "najgorsze studio w mieście" – the "baddest" studio in town! Established by Junior, Juniorink Studio is defined as being something more than just a tattooist joint. This is a place where the art of tattooing comes together with people who share a passion. When we get togther, we’re talking about music, kids, scooters and repair homes, explains Junior, nobody gets here by accident, and anyone who comes soaks up the atmosphere, passion and joy of life. The team Juniorink Studio is result of long-term professional friendships, plus a few dozen people gathered around the atmosphere, now known as Juniorink TEAM. A nice summary of the efforts of all of who consider Juniorink to be one of the best tattoo studios in Poland, not just an abstract idea as the studio received the Eastern Art Fusion recognition in 2009. And here’s why.
The baddest in town is not just a slogan.
From left to right – mind the gap. A reference to the classic Polish comic strip Kajko and Kokosz, and something to entertain the kids at long lunches at the in-laws. And, a kabuki inspiration
You gotta problem with that?… I didn’t think so.
A fine example of the neo-traditional style.
Without colour, but loads of skill…How about waking up to this every morning, darling?
All jokes aside, here’s our final studio that illustrates some of the direction that can be observed on the Polish tattoo scene. Located in the centre of Warsaw, within the remains of an old cheese factory which has now been taken over by artist studios is Gulestus Tattoo, consisting of Mariusz Trubisz and Jagoda Granda.
Mariusz describes his style as more traditional and drawn, wherein he adopts heavy lines and high contrasts in his designs. Jagoda, on the other hand adopts a more abstract approach, concentrating on computer-generated images as well as differences in textures. He designs are also incorporated into his clothing label which punk-rock clothing which grew out of his passion for drawing.
This juxtaposition of the styles gives Gulestus a distinct feel. And, here’s a few fine examples of the guys work.
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So, next time you feel like making that move outside of the grid, or marking that significant moment in your life, or just pissing your parents right off, don’t forget to make the most of it and do it with a great artist in mind, someone who takes their work not only seriously also passionately.
And, if you want to see some of these art pieces on living skins, you are likely to bump into them in one of the places featured in our Hipster Guide to Warsaw.
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Author: Paulina Schlosser, 26/07/2014
Sources: Gulestus studio, juniorink.pl, Marcin Aleksander Surowiec