China inked sceneries. Flowing animals like taken from refined water-colors paintings. Hongdam’s lightness of the lines and the precision of his creations leave just speechless. We go back in time with him, to the origins of his artistic calling.
What did you dream of as a kid ?
There was always some artworks hanging at the back of my classroom. Art was something I did unconsciously. I spent most of my childhood drawing with my father rather than studying. I remember I enjoyed redrawing my father’s drawings after school.
Who were your childhood heroes ?
I always admired people with writing skills. As I am not good at writing, I express myself through my art. Sometimes drawing communicate my thoughts and feelings better than words.
What did you thought you would do ?
I thought I would be either an interior designer or a fashion designer. But now I design body art. Even though it is a different industry, it still belong to the art field, where I could still use my talents.
What was your first tattoo ?
I did not get any tattoos on my body yet. I was always busy designing tattoos for my clients so I haven’t really got a chance to think about mine. I am also a bit scared to get one because of the pain.
Of all the designs and drawings you tattooed on people, which tattoos are you especially proud of ?
I am happy with my recent works mostly. If I have to pick some, it would be Korean calligraphy tattoos. There are so many clients requesting cover up tattoos as they were unsatisfied with their old ones. I feel so honored when I see clients getting so happy with the cover up tattoo since there are the most difficult to do.
How would you define your style as a tattoo artist ?
I would describe it as an art form that gives a positive effect on people. I try to transfer the image/drawing on paper onto the skin as closest as possible. I prefer creating tattoos that naturally harmonize with the body and its shape. I try not to stick to one specific style/genre and have freedom to do different styles.
Do you think everybody will be tattooed in the future ?
Tattooing has its own roots in the history and origin. Tattoos have been admired by so many people. As time goes, many more people will come up with different and interesting styles. Just like creating art on paper and canvas, tattooing has evolve the same way, but on the skin. It is truly a art form.
10/29/17 – Email interview by Christophe Chadefaud