Spotlight: Engraving Inspired Tattoos by Maud Dardeau
Maud Dardeau is one of those success stories the tattoo art is full of. When this young woman, from the world of advertisement and fine arts, pushed the door of famous French tattoo artist Tin-Tin as a customer, she didn’t expected to become his apprentice, not even a tattoo artist.
But at this year Paris Tattoo Convention, le Mondial du Tatouage, she was one of those artists for which visitors would jostle. Although her busy schedule, she very nicely answered to my questions.
Could you introduce yourself ?
Originally, I am a painter and illustrator. I have started working at Tin-Tin’s tattoo shop four years ago and I am a tattooer for three years now. Just three years, and Maud is already one of the names trending in France and in the world. Everyday, she is seeing the number of her fans growing, appealed by her recognizable style.
I am really inspired by engraving. I love all those ancient illustrations which really feed my black and grey style… Usually, my subjects are very dark … Skulls, fallen angels, and a lot of dotwork. I don’t do color tattoos, for me tattoos are best in black and grey !
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A surprising statement when you know Maud’s painter work, surprisingly colorful and humorous, a witty mix of religious and Fine arts with farm animals …
Huge backpieces, inspired by Renaissance. I love the work of artists Gustave Doré and Albrecht Durer, but I like to add my own personal touch.
To normal canvas to skin, there is just one step and Maud easily went for it. If you can recognize the influences of tattoo artists such as Jondix and Thomas Hooper (her idols) in her own work, we can guess that in the future, she will certainly surprise us, and we cannot wait to witness the evolution of this tattoo prodigy. You can follow Maud Dardeau on Facebook and Instagram.