Pietro Sedda, The Saint Mariner
Every time Pietro Sedda creates a tattoo there is one thing that you can be certain of—it will be unlike anything that you have ever seen before. Often Sedda uses the faces of sailors or men with dapper 1950’s era haircuts to serve as a sort of frame for a secondary picture. When asked to describe his tattoo style Sedda unsurprisingly spoke of the emotions involved in creating the work.
“I don’t think I can define it,” Sedda explains. “Perhaps melancholic… I don’t really like definitions. I prefer to talk about talent and imagination. I consider the exchange between myself and the client a fundamental part of my creative process.”
What year did you start tattooing?
I started in 1999 in Sardinia, an island in the Mediterranean Sea where I come from.
How did you get into tattooing?
Honestly, I started because I needed a job. I did everything by myself and the beginning wasn’t easy at all, even preparing the needles. I never thought of being a tattoo artist, I wanted to be a fashion designer. Before I started tattooing at a professional level, I worked as an interior designer.
What was your first shop experience like?
It was in Sardinia at a friend’s tattoo shop.
Do you have any special training?
I studied stage design at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan. I’ve had many teachers. Modernist painters, graphic designers, Dutch painters of 1600s, Comme des Garçon, Max Ernst, victor Castillo, Issey Miyake…and many others. I think teachers should always be around you regardless of your career choices.
What is tattoo culture like in Milan?
It’s quite interesting; there are several tattoo artists on a very professional and big level. Also, the clients are very different. Milan is a city under the form of the design, with a lot of fashion so the clients are very creative and they like to give me all the trust.
What conventions have you done recently or are planning to do this year?
The last ones were Milan and Rome. I’ll be at the London tattoo convention in September. In Europe, it is the best ever and to be honest I would love to come to New York in May for the tattoo convention, so I’ve to plan now how to get in.
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How do you describe your style?
I don’t think I can define it. Perhaps melancholic… I don’t really like definitions. I prefer to talk about talent and imagination. I consider the exchange between myself and the client a fundamental part of my creative process.
What inspires you as an artist?
As I said before, many things around me. Personally, I can be inspired by the geometry by Issey Miyake or a 1500s Aldovrandi engraving, but also a simple image taken during a trip.
What sets you apart from other artists?
I can’t answer this; I’m not in the position to judge other artists. I think we have different backgrounds, so we have different attitudes.
What other mediums do you work in?
I love to work in watercolor, photo, video, and pencil on paper.
How have you branched out from tattooing?
I think there is always a red line; I’ll follow my line that doesn’t have any compromise with different techniques.
What tattoo artists do you admire most?
There are several. I love Marcin Surowiec, who is moving from Poland to Italy to work as a resident tattoo artist in my shop, great artist, great poetry. Often I think what tattoo artists miss is the poetry, that’s sad. Two other great tattoo artist friends are Rafel Delalande and Guy Le Tatooer. And El Carlo from Barcelona. Great person and great tattoo artist. I love to give and get inspiration from great people.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing?
Everyday is a challenge; I’m in the mood of all black at the moment. I love the deepness and the intensity of the black.
Is there a tattoo that you haven’t done yet that you are dying to do?
Everyday I give all myself to get something that I haven’t done yet.
Here are some amazing works made by Pietro. Enjoy!
Here's the link to Pietro's website.