LUDO DE G-GEN – Rennes Tattoo Convention 2015

LUDO DE G-GEN – Rennes Tattoo Convention 2015


Hello Ludo. Hi. How’s it going for you in Rennes? Very well with this nice weather. A lot of people? Yeah. Did people come to see you with interesting projects? Yes, there was this deer… A particular deer. He’s sipping on a tea cup; And he kind of looks like…Hugh Hefner? It’s a Hugh Hefner deer. You work in Paris. Paris and also Normandy. I travel a little bit. In Paris you’re at “Art Corpus”. Yeah. And Normandy… In Normandy I tattoo at “Le Treize” yes. Treize rue Ste Croix. How long have you been inking? 15 years already. 15 years? But you’re still young; you must have started really early?! May be I only “look” young… But I’m 36… I started when I was 21. I worked for 3 years; No, actually 6 years at “Buzz Tattoo”. And then Art Corpus. And I’ve been there since. We were wondering if your style is currently evolving; Because we can see in your portfolios; More and more biomechanical style, or things that look like it. Is it your mood of the moment? No, I’ve been doing this style for a few years now; But I’m a cyclical guy. Because I like to do a bit of every style. So Biomechanical is something I try to… Put some of it in every tattoo I make. It’s fluid and dynamic. Since I like the idea of dynamism in tattoo; It’s a good reason to do it. I’m also in love with some tattoo artist’s work like; Dimitri HK for his work in general. And his colors. Also another artist called Rob Koss Who’s in Lucerne (Switzerland) He’s into art-nouveau, art-deco. He’s really subtle in his work. Admirable. When we’ve met for the first time; You told us you were originally a saddler; You studied for that. Yeah, I was a “Compagnon du Devoir”. Wow; that’s something. It has the reputation of being quite specific. It’s a special way of thinking. Yeah? So going from on to another is quite the opposite; no? To me it felt kind of logical actually; Because I was trained by someone. A master. And to become a tattoo artist, you must find one before. Who will teach you, then work with and for him. So it’s almost the same pattern. It felt right to me. So have you thought of doing; or maybe someone already asked you; To work with leather craftsmen. Or people working with leather. Some companies asked us for this type of things but; But if it’s to misrepresent the approach; it’s not about making it mass appealing… But being forced to obey brands or specifications isn’t for me. If you work on a unique piece or a customization; You can do that. May be your clients ask you that already? I do it when I work on arm-rests for example. Or stuff for my fellows tattooers. Or… I’ll put the name of their shop; or their own name on it. Or something that look like them. Even if I’m the one doing it, it looks like them. So they can make it their. Which part of the body; Is the most interesting to work on? Thighs or arms. No larger parts? A thigh; when it’s spread is almost as big as a back. So it’s interesting parts of the body to work on but the obvious reason is… It’s a lot easier. It’s easier to work on a thigh or an arm. Compared to a neck or; Or the trapezium zone. It’s a lot more complicated. And I like to be cosy when I work. If I bring you my dead dog, can you tattoo it? Nope. Because we’d have to dismember and tan it before. Then we could tattoo its thin skin. So it’d be a tiny tattooed animal skin to put in front of your fireplace… Can I make a wallet out of it? You could; why not? Some people have already tried, but it doesn’t look very good. Well thanks a lot Ludo! My pleasure! We hope to see again soon. We’re a big team in the shop, so there’ll be plenty of space for you. We wish you a great convention. You too, have good interviews! We’ll come to your stand to see this tattoo you told us about. The Hugh Hefner deer. Hugh Hef-deer. Yeah, Hugh Hef-deer; great! There’s not much room there but you’re welcome to dance in front of it

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