Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Featured Tattoo Artist | Myra Brodsky

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Name: Myra Brodsky
Age: 25
Location: Berlin, Germany, Europe

What attracted you to tattooing?

For me it has always been a great honour that people wear my art on their skin. So tattooing made this possible for me.

How did you get into the industry?

I moved to Berlin 5 years ago and I was asking around at the tattoo shops for an apprenticeship. But nobody was ready to teach me. So my best friend Sonja was showing me everything about tattooing. She used to work for a normal walk in tattoo shop at the time.

Was it hard to find an apprenticeship?

It was probably the hardest thing about tattooing for me. When I started to learn I was really shy and a little odd so no one took me serious.

How many years have you been tattooing?

I made the first tattoo in early 2010

What inspires you?

I am inspired by the old masters from the past such as Leonardo DaVinci, Peter Paul Rubens and Sandro Boticelli. I love how they play with facial expressions and how they use decorative elements.

Who are your favourite tattoo artists?

Definitely Russ Abbott. He has a very illustrative style. I also like Rebecca Marsh and Aron Dubois.

How would you describe your tattoo style?

My style is heavily influenced by the Victorian Era and the Art Nouveau age which I combine with modern elements. I am always searching for a certain kind of beauty you can find nowhere else than in decay.

What have you learned in your 2 years in the industry?

I have learned how coil machines work and how to build them on your own. This is what every apprentice should start with.
Long before you learn how skin behaves much more different than paper. 

What advice do you have to people considering careers in tattooing?

Don't act too cool towards people who have a lot of experience. And don't be geared to some scene or grouping you want to belong to. It is all about your skills!

What are some of the best things you have experienced as a result of your career?

I know that it's really important to stay true to yourself without copying any style somewhere. It is always the best to be the pioneer of a new tattoo style. 

Where do you currently tattoo?

I opened my own shop last year in Berlin. I called it The Decay Parlour.

To some extent my clients are well-established designers who have a visual talent like me.
But my target group not only consists of people who are interested in art. But also folks with a certain intellectual background like lawyers, doctors or other academics. I could say I found myself a new circle of people who are into tattoos.