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A Place Beyond Reality: Interview with Tattoo Artist Silly Jane

A Place Beyond Reality: Interview with Tattoo Artist Silly Jane

Tattoo Artists3 min Read

In this interview with tattoo artist Silly Jane, we get some insight into the philosophy and process of a prodigious creator.

With the graphic manga, stylistic flair of such illustrative geniuses like Junji Ito of Uzumaki fame, or Black Hole's creator Charles Burns, Silly Jane is known for her distinct voice and designs. While women dominate her portfolio of stellar sketches and tattoos, each character clearly lives in a singular moment of time, a place beyond reality. Silly Jane's portraits capture the defiance, fear, desire, and power that lurks beneath the surface of societal constraint; these women have diverse personalities, emotions, and intentions.

JM: Do you remember the first time you felt the need to be creative? What initially drew you to architecture/design?

What inspires your designs most? 

Why do you think people are so attracted to taboo concepts, or images that illustrate eroticism and violence? What is it about movements like Ero-guro that spark the imaginations of entirely new generations of artists?

Since you often work with deeply erotic and intimate subject matter, do you ever have to deal with censorship? Is it important to you to educate others on the importance of freedom of speech/creative license?

What does 2018 look like for you? Any collabs, travel, or new materials you hope to work with?

I am currently resident one week each month in London at Parliament Tattoo and in Bordeaux in France at The Church.

For the rest I let myself be worn by meetings and opportunities, I can not predict in the long run, I prefer spontaneity :)


Justine Morrow
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