Tattoo trend shows up throughout the history of mankind. It had a lot of meanings and functions. In ancient cultures it was protection against evil charms and powers – was associated with magic practitioners. People also used tattoos as a marks of prostitutes, prisoners or slaves. Until recently it wasn’t socially accepted. It was hard to find a job or even make contact with other people. Tattoos aroused fear, insecurity or disguise. But it slowly changing – from religion and “marking” meaning it beaming a real art. Painters and graphic instead of paper, canvas and walls are using human skin. And numbers of those, who are decorating their body in this way is significantly increased. Now you can see tattooed people everywhere – you passing them by your way home, seeing at work and restaurants.
Wroclaw is no exception. During past few years many professional tattoo studios were created. And “professional” mean individually designed, original patterns made in a characteristic style for a given person, using all the rules of health, safety and hygiene. In each studio clients can find artists specialized in different style and techniques.
Redberry tattoo studio
Redberry is one of the most recognizable Wroclaw tattoo studio. On fecebook it have three hundred and fifteen opinions which average is 4,9 stars. And profile is fallowed by over forty-two thousand people.
The “face” of the studio is one of the most famous (not only in Poland, but also in world) artist – Timur Lysenko. His artistic visions are combine of realism and graphic, that are creating surrealistic, mostly dark and disquieting effect. He can move reality to a skin and embellish it with colors and elements that making crazy but harmonic composition.
Timur also has a “second face” which is nahujnada. Works posted under this nick are even more disturbing and have a strong message. Despite the fact that this tattoos and graphics seem simple and uncomplicated they emanating huge imagination, irony and sarcasm.
But Redberry is not only about tattoos – their promoting products like cups and socks with their most recognizable pattern – graphic, ethnic flyovers. And for underage and not so brave adults the can offered washable tattoos, which is a good way to check hove design is going look on skin.
Koss Tattoo is studio assumed in 2016 by Bartek Kos – artist specialized in mixing neotraditional, illustration and comic style, which gives colorful, funny and interesting effect. Under his care there were several talented artists who now form the next pillars of the studio.
Anna Szejdewik aka Coxie – painter and illustrator whose work, including tattoos, often refer many important issues, such as feminism or animal rights. Her designing may seem disturbing and dark, but looking more deeply into them, can find second bottom of issue – not only interesting painting.
Julia Marczukiewicz – an graduate of Krakowska Akademia Sztuk Pięknych (Krakow Academy of Fine Arts). Her works are positive and colorful. Especially suits for women and young people, but she always he takes individual attention for each project.
Aleksandra Wieczorkiewicz – her works are inspired by nature and vintage style, and her favorite techniques are dot- and line-work, which gives really interesting graphic result. Her tattoos are mostly black and gray, less with same detail in color.
Under this nickname is hiding Joanna – a founder of Nasza Przestrzeń Kosmiczna (Our Space) – place where is created alternative word of art, including tattoos.
Her favorite technique is freehand, which allows better fit project to body anatomy. Doż’s tattoos are positive, bit psychedelic and colorful. She is the most inspired by nature, her design are full of flowers, plants, animals and also human silhouette.
She opens registration for tattoos twice in a year – at autumn and spring, so it’s really hard to get one, and of course client need to be really decided and determinate.
Dżo Lama is also a brand. In an Internet store clients can find designed by her clothing and prints, which will add variety to each individual style.
Not only tattoos
With tattoo lifestyle are connected other trends like piercing. In almost every tattoo studio clients can find experienced piercer, witch individually find the best place on body and matching “decoration”.
Three minutes away from Wyspa Słodowa there is Pierce of Cake – professional piercing studio which contains also stationary (and online) shop. Cooperating with the studio Agnieszka Czech has many years experience, and was learning from one of the best piercer in Poland. She is specializing in standard piercing, surface, microdermal and women’s intimate.
Product that they are offering are always in high quality and most importantly, they have a wide range of different earrings, in many different styles for each part of the body, so everyone can find something for themselves.
One of the controversial trend connected with tattoo is body modification. With the current knowledge of human anatomy, technological possibilities and unlimited imagination almost every “upgrade” of body is possible.
This subject specialization is well known to Body Extreme Tattoo and Piercing Wrocław. Their making not only piercing and microdermals, but also things like scaryfication, really popular tongue spliting, aubdermal implants, transdermal implants and body suspension, which is also used in many kinds of alternative shows, connected with dance, performance and music.
Not so scary, like it looks like
Tottoo lifestyle is not only connected with pain and blood. Many studios are cooperating with project Tatuaże Zamiast Futra (tattoos instead of fur) – campaign born from the cooperation of Otware Klatki (Open Frames) and tattooists and piercers. The leitmotif says that tattoos are a better decoration than a fur and no animal needs to die. Income from shares is allocated for statutory purposes and is also connected with vege – festivals. Last event like this was in 2017 but it shows in Wroclaw regularly, so everyone can help. And make a good tattoo for a good purpose.
Another Wroclaw tattoo studio – Voice of Ink – organized a charity sale for almost three months. Their artist made original prints, and each zloty spent will be donated to the Children’s Homes organization on June 1 – on the occasion of the child’s day.
Wroclaw division of Rock and Roll Tattoo Studio on the 31thj of December organized through the facebook social network awareness raising campaign calling for not using firecrackers in New’s Year Eve. And everything to prevent this night’s traumatic experience that affects animals that hear more than people.
Place for everyone
Tattoo Convention is the most recognizable festival of alternative art in Poland. It is organized in five, famous cities – Poznań, Gdańsk, Katowice, Łódź and – for seventh time – in Wrocław. In this this year’s edition 68 exhibitors from all over Poland came forward. Participants were hosted by 19th-century interior and atmosphere of Zaklęte Rewiry. Sponsorship for the entire event included brands such as Medicine, Kwadron, Radio Eska, Tattoofest Magazine and Wyborcza newspaper.
During two days of convention organizers prepared many attractions. On music scene showed up bands like hardcore punk Spider Crew, Hardcore/Metal/Punk Only Attitude Counts, the veterans of hardcore scene 1125 and punk/ska band Podwórkowi Chuligani.
An interesting event during the convention is “Dziarka w ciemno” – which means not knowing the design you gonna have on your body and you not even allowed to see whole tattooing process.
On main stage, beside competitions among tattoo artists, presents many talented people from whole word. This year guest could see collective Bandit Queen Circus with “Weird gastro show” and “Twisted madness” – performance full of fire and spicy positions. An inherent element of the program is also the burlesque show and pole dance.
A lot of people visiting Zaklęte Rewiry witch their children. And for them is same attraction – deeply connected with TattooConvention – Banana Ink. Under the care of a specialist, it is possible to do a tattoo on a banana skin, which is a real adventure for the youngest visitors.
But of course tattoos are the most important issue during the convention. Competitions are organized on many topics – big black-gray tattoo, graphic tattoo, neotradicional tattoo, classic or realistic tattoo.
If you are a big fan of tattoos or tattoo lifestyle, Wroclaw is for you. A large choice between specialized salons, festivals, piercings and music, and above all, positive people.