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An Interview with Pisatché, the Sci-Fi Tattoo Maestro

Exploring the Fusion of 1980s Japanese Animation and Modern Tattoo Art

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Join us for an exclusive interview with Pisatché, a renowned Korean tattoo artist whose work is a mesmerizing blend of mechanics, science fiction, and anime. Since starting his tattoo journey in November 2018, Pisatche has continually evolved his style, drawing profound inspiration from the intricate details and beauty of 1980s Japanese animation. In this conversation, Pisatche shares his creative process, the challenges of tattooing humanoid and robotic designs, and his passion for bringing iconic anime aesthetics to life through his art. Discover the story behind his fascination with Japanese culture and how it shapes his unique tattoo creations.

What initially drew you to the world of tattooing, and how did you decide to pursue it as a career?

I've always loved drawing pictures, ever since I was a student. When I became an adult, I saw a tattoo on someone's body for the first time and was fascinated by the idea that my drawings could be permanently engraved on someone's skin. This realization sparked my interest in tattoos, and I began learning the craft. Over the years, my work has evolved from realistic and cartoonish black tattoos to more colorful and intricate designs, reflecting my growth and expanding artistic vision.

Can you describe the evolution of your style since you started in November 2018?

Absolutely! When I first started in November 2018, I explored all kinds of styles to find what resonated with me. Reflecting on my preferences, I realized my deep love for comics and animation from a young age. This led me to develop a unique style that blends these influences with a mechanical aesthetic that I find intriguing. My work continues to evolve as I refine and express these elements in new and innovative ways. I'm still experimenting and growing, always striving to push the boundaries of my artistic expression.

When did you first become interested in anime and Japanese science fiction, and how did that interest develop over time?

I'm not sure exactly when my interest began, but it all started with the anime "AKIRA." The mechanical details and beauty in the animation captivated me, and I was fascinated by how fluid and intricate the movements were. I have a deep respect and love for that level of artistry. This passion has driven me to incorporate similar mechanical elements into my own work. Recently, I've been focusing on creating larger pieces of art, aiming to capture and express that same mechanical feel on a grand scale.

Which aspects of 1980s Japanese animation inspire you the most, and how do you incorporate those elements into your tattoos?

The 1980s Japanese animation, particularly its mechanical designs, inspires me greatly. What fascinates me is the balance between hard, solid elements and soft, natural curves. This combination creates a dynamic and visually engaging contrast. I strive to incorporate this balance into my tattoos by blending rigid, detailed mechanical parts with softer, flowing lines. This approach adds depth and complexity to my work, making the designs feel both structured and organic.

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What specific techniques or artistic methods do you use to capture the intricate details found in Japanese animation?

I don't rely on any specific art methods. Instead, I immerse myself in cartoons and animations from that era, studying them closely. I observe the intricate mechanical elements depicted and think about how I can translate those details into my own work. I also draw inspiration from the mechanical elements I see around me, incorporating them into my designs. This approach allows me to create tattoos that capture the essence and complexity of 1980s Japanese animation in a personal way.

Can you share a bit about your creative process when designing your tattoos?

Certainly! Everyone's creative process is unique, and mine starts with understanding the size and placement of the tattoo. I first check where the tattoo will be placed to ensure it fits perfectly. Depending on the area, I decide whether to design a smaller piece or create something that flows freely with the customer's body. I then gather various artistic materials and inspirations to shape my design. It's important to me that the tattoo is a collaborative creation, so I always engage in thorough discussions with my customers to ensure their vision is integrated with mine. This collaborative approach is crucial to creating a tattoo that both I and the customer are happy with.

What challenges do you face when tattooing humanoid and robotic designs, and how do you overcome them?

It is always challenging, primarily because I'm not formally trained in anatomy. To overcome this, I spend a lot of time studying and understanding the bone structure before I start designing. This foundation is crucial because if the anatomical base is incorrect, the entire design can look off. Ensuring a solid understanding of the underlying structure helps me create accurate and aesthetically pleasing tattoos. This meticulous approach, though difficult, is essential to achieving the desired results.

How do you stay updated with the latest trends and innovations in both the tattoo industry and the world of anime and science fiction?

That's an interesting question! For me, staying updated goes beyond just following trends. I aspire to express my art in various forms, not just through tattoos. Much like artists who create both sculptures and paintings, I want to explore different methods to showcase my creativity. I continuously seek inspiration from the latest anime and science fiction, observing how these genres evolve. By integrating these influences into my work, I aim to keep my art fresh and innovative, whether it's through tattoos or other artistic mediums.

Do you have any favorite projects or tattoos that you’ve worked on, and what made them special to you?

There are many projects I've enjoyed, but one of my favorites is a bat-shaped design I did on a client's back. What made this piece special was that it resembled an assembly manual, which was both challenging and exciting to create. It fit perfectly with the client's body, enhancing the overall aesthetic. Additionally, the tattoo healed beautifully, which is always gratifying. This project stands out because it seamlessly combined creativity, technical skill, and the client's vision, resulting in a piece we were both extremely happy with.

What advice would you give to aspiring tattoo artists who want to explore themes similar to yours?

Art is, at its core, an expression of oneself. For aspiring tattoo artists, a certain amount of imitation can be beneficial as it helps you find and refine your own style. My advice is to constantly observe and absorb the world around you. See and feel as many things as possible, and take the time to study them slowly and carefully. This practice will aid in your artistic growth and help you develop a unique perspective in your work. Embrace the journey of continuous learning and self-expression.

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