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Butterfly Dance, Burn With The Sun: Interview With Nina Chwelos

Butterfly Dance, Burn With The Sun: Interview With Nina Chwelos

Tattoo Artists5 min Read

In this interview with tattoo artist Nina Chwelos, we talk about the value of fleeting moments, and the power of creating community spaces.

As a writer, and a kid of old punk rock scenes, I adore anyone who puts together zines, books, and other ephemeral paper objects. When I came across the first issue of Scratch, I was enthralled by the power of this particular piece. The aesthetic, the voices and words, the mission of Scratch was visceral...as is Nina Chwelo's passion for turning the temporal into shareable means. Thoughts, moments, emotions...these are all captured from the abstract atmosphere and made physical. 

What is your artistic background and how did you get into tattooing?

I’ve noticed that butterflies are a reoccuring theme in your tattooing...why are you attracted to those beautiful little ephemeral creatures, and what other design motifs are you drawn to? What or who inspires you?

Can you tell us more about your project “Scratch” and why you were drawn to creating a zine that celebrates/supports self-taught and marginalized artists?

We’re all human. We’re all fragile. We’re all beautiful.

The first issue of Scratch, to me, felt extremely powerful, philosophical, and politically imbued in more ways than one...but what would you say, if you had to...in this world of uncertain times...are the topics closest to your heart? What is the most important thing you want to say to the world?

I love that you asked artists in Issue 1 of Scratch what they are most afraid of, and who their heroes are. Usually I’m dying to know, but too awkward to ask. What are you most afraid of? Who are your heroes? Why did you feel the inclination to ask those specific questions?

Instead of making “New Years Resolutions” I usually just make goals for myself when I feel the need to grow (aka all the time)….What are your personal goals for 2018? How do you hope to grow this year?


Justine Morrow
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