Polish-based contemporary tattoo artist Timur Lysenko talks to Tattoodo about his distinct style, inspirations, and experiences.
Timur Lysenko may be one of the finest contemporary tattoo artists in the scene right now. The unique blend of styles and flow of elements in his works are something that takes years of practice and a keen eye for detail to achieve. Tattoodo talks to the man behind the works in this exclusive interview with Polish tattoo artist, Timur Lysenko. See more of his trash style tattoos here.
How did you get into tattooing, and how long have you been in the business?
It was an occurrence. When I was 17, my friend took me to a professional tattoo studio where he was making his first tattoo. I can't express how fascinated I was at that time. It was the first time I saw a picture drawn into the skin. It was unbelievable! I was keeping my observation and [I was] so curious how to do this by myself. I had a feeling it’s gonna be my new passion. It’s my way. I can not imagine [my] life without tattoos. I've been working as tattoo artist for 10 years already and I love it! Moreover, I am still learning about tattoos [as time passes].
Who were your earliest influences?
My earliest influences were realism artist, Victor Portugal, Robert Hernandes, Tofi, and the unreal trash polka tattoos done by Buena Vista Tattoo Club.
What’s one tattoo style you’d like to try and what’s one style never would?
I use a lot of style in my tattoos: graphic, dotwork, realism, old school. I don't have a style which I never use. It all depends on my idea. I can use Polynesian [style] and new school if I need it in my projects, [though] I think every style has a specialist. I am not good in new school or lettering therefore I avoid it in my tattoos. What's more important to me is motive, I am sure that I don't make family [portraits], celebrities portraits, angels, motorcycles, or knights. It's not interesting for me, but never say never! I love [tattooing] animals, plants, and flowers, though. They are motive which I always can make.
Describe your dream client.
I love customers who are open for news ideas and trust me. That’s all.
What's the best part about being a tattoo artist?
One word: Freedom! I feel free in my life and in art. I don't have a boss who tells me [what] to do and I [am able to] make only my custom design. I am really happy, but the way to [get where I am now] was very long and my life [hasn't been] a bed of roses.
We really love how your works turn out – mixing different elements to create a unique piece. Tell us how you developed your style.
First of all, many thanks to your kind words! As I wrote earlier, I've been tattooing for 10 years already. My development lasted a very long time and continues still. I cannot stay [still]! Words, arts, people—everything are [part of my] development and I also must evolve. [In my early career,] I made only realistic tattoos but it was boring for me. One day I start thinking about change, about something new. Three years ago I made my first tattoo where I mixed different elements. First I was doing projects in Photoshop. I know that the human skin is not a piece of paper. I feared that the tattoo will look good too. I tried and I succeeded. I started to do more projects and more tattoos [of such style]. I already know what elements and details that look well [together] and how important the composition is which, for me, is the key to a good design.
Where do you usually look for inspiration?
I have some days in a month where I think about new projects. All my ideas, elements, and motives which I can use. I save [all of them] in my laptop. I have a lot of folders [that contain ideas and elements]—e.g. roses, plants, cats, abstracts—all [the] things I save in my folders. When I don’t have [any] idea, I look for inspiration in my folders. My laptop is my treasure. Sometimes I go to [the] bookshop and turn the pages of various books [I find there]. If i find [any] interesting pictures, I either take a photo or buy it. I love collecting books with interesting pictures/graphics.
Aside from tattooing, what are your other interests?
I am a fisherman [by hobby]. I adore fishing; fishing relaxes me. I also like handmade works. When I have free time, I try make handmade things—lamps, new wardrobe, or other things with woods.
Any future projects or plans for your career as an artist?
I thinks that tattooing is an art and art is always evolving, therefore, I am also in need of evolving. I can't get it to stand in place. Every artist has to evolve and make new kinds of art. Development is my plan for [the] future.
Anything else you'd like to add.
I would like to thank you Xavier for the opportunity to be interviewed. It's my pleasure! All the best for the Tattoodo team! Good job, guys! Peace and love.