The Street-Art Inspired Tattoos of Live2

Giannis Livieratos, known as Live2, is a tattoo artist from Greece and one of the resident artists of famous shop Giahi, in Switzerland

He moved there in order to get « a new beginning ». But back in Greece, Live2 used to be one of the most respected mural artist of the country. « I’ve started graffiti in 1994 when meeting friends from that background. I love painting and this sounded the right thing to do. » Some friends then encouraged him into a new career, which has been already warmly recommended to him by a very close person : « My wife pushed me to try tattooing, and also friends from Greece. I was doing graffiti and graphic design already, so why not trying something new ? I enjoyed this so much that, since 2007, I’m completely focused on my tattoo art. »

Now recognized for his very personal style and his street-art inspired tattoos, Live2 likes to work both with computer and freehand. « If you master computer’s programs, creating can be easier, but the best way to draw will always be by hand, with a piece of paper. This is a better way to figure out how the design will place itself on the skin. » If the artist says that his « day starts with tattoo and end with it », he doesn’t want to jump the gun.« I don’t know what I’m going to do next. Things go better with no plans in your life. I enjoy what I’m doing right now, a mix of graffiti and graphic style, and I want to keep experimentating in this way. I’m trying to give it more freedom to work with body’s shapes in the best way. » You’ve understood it, Live2 is a pro.

But he also wants to stay humble. « Internet is a fantastic tool for an artist, either to show his work or to learn from others’ work. But even if you get fame or not, you need to remember to stay a man and not to think you are a god. »

So, what do you think of the street-art inspired tattoos of Live2 ?

From spraycan to tattoo machine, the influences of street art are still visible in Live2's work.
From spraycan to tattoo machine, the influences of street art are still visible in Live2's work.
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Street-Art inspired tattoo

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