One of the most beautiful aspects of the tattoo community is that it is global...few underground arts scenes can boast the reach and interconnectivity that tattooing can. Diverse and consistently evolving, this art form brings together people who often share the same values, interests, and devotion to skin aesthetics. Tattoo artist James Lau is no exception. In this short but sweet interview, he talks about how tattooing and traveling opens up endless possibilities to flourish and explore in this incredible world. Known for his pattern based portfolio, even his artwork is a perfect example of the inspiring things that happen when philosophies, styles, and cultures collide.
What is your artistic background? Did you always want to be an artist?
You do a lot of tribalistic dot and linework. Can you talk about your inspirations, and perhaps any historical aspects that you infuse into your work?
I’ve heard that Hong Kong is super progressive and artistic. What is the tattoo community like there? What is it like to be heavily tattooed in Hong Kong?