Kuba Romanowicz started his adventure with tattooing in late 2013 from handpoke tattoos. Soon after he started learning to tattoo using a machine. The end of 2015 was ground-breaking for him – from that time on he started doing tattoo art as a profession. His favourite styles are dotwork, blackwork, mandala and geometry. He is a resident of the Rock’n’Roll Tattoo and Piercing Studio in Wrocław.
RASPAZJAN – one of the most recognisable Silesian artists. Painter, muralist, mage. In his works he blends futuristic visions of imagined worlds with Silesian folk demonology, typology and abstract forms. Co-founder of the LINEACT theatre group and the MODRO Foundation. A photographer, designer, culture animator and community activist in his free time. Organiser of alternative trips exploring the nooks and crannies of Silesian cities… He received the Prize of the Marshal of the Silesian Voivodeship in the category of artistic work. He lives and works in Katowice.
Krzyś used to want to be a hacker, but fortunately he became a tattooist. He had been creating “paper slips” since forever, but he has started calling it collage only recently. Such compositions are also created on the skin of his clients. A real Silesian to the backbone, he considers coal black the only fair colour. However, sometimes he does tattoo something green for fun. Maybe it’s because he grows bonsai trees after work?
Yadou (Agnieszka Trojanowska) is a tattoo artist from Warsaw’s Caffeine Tattoo by Bartosz Panas, specialising in subtle, sketch-and-watercolour tattoos. Her adventure with tattooing started 6 years ago, right after graduating from the Poznań University of the Arts. Apart from her work in the studio, she is also an illustrator – creating both fairy-tale artwork for children and more realistic portraits.
Sava (Sandra Woźniok) – graduate of the graphic design faculty at the SWSIM college. When studying, she was most interested in poster and children’s illustration. These had a direct influence on her creative work. The subject matter and themes of her drawings were mostly impacted by her grandpa – a painter, and her drawing teacher – prof. Roman Starak. The characteristic features of her work are lively colours, thick black contours and watercolour effect.
Jelenica (Anna Monica) – a free spirit and likeable chatterbox. She loves crooked motifs and strong, comic-like strokes and you can see it in her works. She loves intriguing literature – especially poetry, as well as breath-taking travels and good concerts. She currently works in Kraków’s Deer Head Tattoo.
Paulina “Biela” Bielecka – when she was a little tot, she already liked to doodle on her body and wear tattoos found in snacks or chewing gums. When she “grew up,” it turned into something more serious. Initially she didn’t think she would become a professional tattooist – she wanted to be a photographer. Until the first tattoo convent… From that moment on she dreamt of starting to do tattoos. Were it not for her mom, who was the first one to let her work on her skin and still wears her first (not too fine) works, she probably wouldn’t have started… A self-taught tattooist, she learned everything by herself, by trial and error. Currently Biela has set up her own tattoo studio – you will find her in the “Czarno to widzę” parlour in the Batory neighbourhood of Chorzów, Poland.
I’m a graphic designer by profession – I graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław in 2002. However, my Master’s thesis was about fashion and this is the field I had been active in for the next 8 years after getting the diploma. The adventure with tattooing started ca. 10 years ago, as something that was supposed to be just a hobby or a side job. Very quickly it turned into my passion and lifestyle. I spent the last 8 years travelling and tattooing on practically every continent on Earth. In the next few years, I started missing fashion and design, so I began to move in that direction again, searching for ways that would make it possible for me to do both at the same time. Designing prints for clothes using tattoo design sketches turned out to be my way and currently the only method to integrate both these passions. My experience in working with the body when designing clothing helped me understand working with the body in the profession of a tattooist, and now, after many years of tattooing this profession has enriched me in the ability to fit a picture to the body – a richer picture, more dynamic, telling stories. Applying a picture on a close-fitting clothing such as leggings requires practically the same process as preparing a tattoo for a leg. There’s magic in it.
It’s me – Kasia Kot. The only thing I know about myself is that I emerged from the sea (near Gdańsk). Then I went full steam to school to make use of my brand-new hands transformed from fins. At school, I revelled in the expressive possibilities of creating. It was nice, but it wasn’t enough for me, so I decided to broaden my horizons. I jumped to university and completed a Master’s programme. But I was drawn to paints, so I turned to tattooing. It’s been 5 years since I grabbed a tattoo machine and took it to the forest. Luckily, it was close. The most inspirations were waiting for me in the woods – moss, ferns, brambles, blueberries and wild strawberries (ahhh, wild strawberries…) and I’m still drawing from these resources. There’s still much left, so straw after straw, I move these goods onto human skin, bringing the forest closer to people. I’ve been thinking for a long time how to connect these dots, lines and paint strokes with my beloved psychology, and the solution just came to me, as it usually does. I started cooperating with a university where I hold creativity psychology workshops. I’m kinda trying to remove some mysticism from it, to show that everybody reaches for creative solutions in their lives, so it’s worth it to have a stretched brain so that it is easier to reach. In the meantime, I also managed to create two new beings with soft skin and pink cheeks and this I consider my greatest achievement. Time will tell what comes next. My intuition is telling me that it is good to occupy oneself with the things fate brings you, and I try not to pick fights with intuition.
Mró, meaning me – Maja. I tattoo creatures on other people’s skins almost every day. Sometimes I’ll paint something on canvas or do a linoleum print. I’m telling everyone that I have a Master’s degree in art, but in reality there is no evidence of that. I like unicorns, ramen and my green bike. If I could, I would be made of glitter.
Dancink Needles (Karolina Byrska) has been doing tattoos since early 2014. She had a lot to do with drawing since her early childhood, when it was a form of escape from the reality surrounding her or of its interesting amplification. In her creative work, she draws inspiration mainly form nature, music, dance and travels, but also intriguing people’s stories heard during sessions.
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