Cold Gray's tattoos make me think of meditative moments: a quick intake of breath, a savored kiss, slow moving birds in flight, and silent twirling smoke. His work is highly romantic; each tattoo exudes pensive atmospheric moods and reticent memories. It's this distinct essence that adds to the awe-inspiring value of Cold Gray's work. Not to mention the absolute jaw dropping hyperrealism that seems so effortless it's almost unbelievable.
JM: How did you get into tattooing and why were you drawn to the art form?
What inspires your artwork? What are your favorite artists, books, or films?
What are your favorite tattoos to do? What is your process in creating a realism tattoo?
You’re one of the most incredible and in demand artists in Seoul, but tattoos continue to be illegal. How do artists like yourself deal with the legality of creating your artwork?
What does 2018 look like for you? Any collaborations, travel, or new materials you hope to work with?