ART ON THE MOVE
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This year’s edition of the Mondial du Taouage in Paris will shake the Grande Halle de la Villette, and promises to have an even bigger crowd than last year’s event! Besides the contests, concerts and performances, the event has never seen such a gathering of incredible tattoo artists from all around the world. Therefore, look no further: book your nights in Paris in one of the BVJ Paris Youth Hostels!
Approved by both the public and museum institutions, having a lot of discipline, being as rigorous as it is creative, Tatto Art still has to be officially recognized as an art in its own right. For how much longer?
Faced with the growing demand from the public, but also from tattoo artists who know the importance of an invitation to “be there”, Tin-Tin, the emblematic organizer of the Mondial du Tatouage in Paris, gathered even more tattoo artists than last year at its big annual party.
In a few days, 420 artists from more than 30 countries will be meeting inside and outside the exhibition hall at Grande Halle de La Villette – where 35,000 visitors are expected. A madness. A real social phenomenon!
A large study carried out by Ifop for SNAT (Syndicat National des Artistes Tatoueurs) made it possible, in last November, to reveal a more than consequent increase in tattooing in France, which is now 14%, against 10% less than six years ago. But the numbers pleases Tin-Tin – who is also the President of the Syndicate – as much as the impressive mix of customers and the enthusiasm of the youngest (27% of tattooed under 35), that – he admits – it is above all the fact that has made his “eyes shine “.
The beginnings of Tattoo Art in PARIS
The thing is now official, if nine out of ten tattooed consider without hesitation the inking of the skin like an art, half of the French population shares this opinion.
This is enough to give heart to a profession whose work is still struggling, despite the technicality of its practice, but especially the talent of its artists, to be recognized as an artistic discipline. Tin-Tin does not hesitate to aim for it the status of “10th art” – the one that follows the comic books, therefore – arguing to respond to the protesters who oppose the counter-culture side of Tattoo Art (the Impressionim itself, was a rebelion in its times). Without necessarily enrolling in the hall of the listed and numbered arts (which they consider otherwise incomplete, given the emergence of new practices such as digital arts), tattoo artists simply claim for an artist statute for those who can’t obviously be considered otherwise.
This is the case of Mikael de Poissy, a star in the area, known for his epics and splendid tattoo works, often inspired by religion, stone statues, medieval battles and beautiful stained glass. “There is a moment when things must call as they are, simply exhibit it. When people go thousands of milles to find a specific tattoo artist and not another, they are looking for an expertise that can be nothing less than an artistic signature.”
Getting tattooed at Mondial du Tatouage in PARIS
Some may spontaneously decide getting a tattoo in Paris in a walk-in or a “seize the moment“ thing (choosing a small tattoo in the samplers book) during the Tattoo Show of Paris, a real tradition in the most authentic conventions, or even in Tin-Tin’s Tattoo Shop in Pigalle, really close to BVJ OPERA-MONTMARTRE/Hôtel Mlle Mars Youth Hostel. “ That is trendy again, just like many old-school practices”. Well, but in case of a more thoughtful approach it is possible to make an appointment in Paris with the tattoo artist of your choice (according to the availability of the artist), or send him your project through the website of the event.
Six talents to be discovered at the Mondial du Tatouage
Laura Underskin : “It’s really her first time: a young girl, living in the 16th district of Paris, doing realism, advancing fast, and who just got her place at the Mondial du Tatouage in Paris because she’s really up to the standard.”
Gakkin : “A really impressive Japanese, who makes vast black works, with huge depth, volutes, in a very graphical and sometimes very japanese style. It’s really overwhelming.”
Benjo San : “He develops a cartoonish style. In his studio, he works with Virginie B., who’s more graphical, but both have a very peculiar style.”
Ralf Nonnweiler : “He’s one of the greatest names in realism, who I still had not personally met but dreamt of bringing to the Mondial du Tatouage in Paris. Finally, it was him who had the initiative to come for the first time and I’m very happy about it.”
Wendy Pham : “A young Australian who lives in Berlin. Not a first timer, she has a mind blowing level of creativity and drawing. I’m a fan.”
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