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Kafka's Playground: Interview with Tattoo Artist Lukasz Sokolowski

Kafka's Playground: Interview with Tattoo Artist Lukasz Sokolowski

Tattoo Artists3 min Read

In this interview with tattoo artist Lukasz Sokolowski we talk about his incredible surrealist style and the artists who inspire him.

His love of Darkthrone and Franz Kafka is no surprise...Łukasz Sokołowski's work seems to possess a foreboding world of dark humor and Satanic surrealism. Creepy creaking blood filled coffins, decrepit babies and psychedelic mushrooms; his portfolio is like a beautiful intoxicating nightmare. This is the kind of hell you'd be happy to inhabit. 

What is your artistic background? Did you always want to be a tattooer?

I finished art high school and I was studying fine arts but didn't finished it. I don't think that I always want to be a tattooer, I think I've always felt that my future will be somehow be connected with some form of creativity but I've tried many others before I focused on tattooing. Of course the very first activities connected to tattooing were in really early days, at primary school when I occasionally drew some skulls and other stuff inspired by death and thrash metal cover art on my friends skin with some pens and markers.

How did you get into tattooing and why was it the art form you were most interested in?

I've started twice, first in high school doing some really bad scratching on some random victims. Decided to not continue doing it because of lack of skill, tools and teachers. Second time was after 8 years when I decided to get back to this and to make my young dream come true, give myself one chance. So this time I bought my first professional tattoo kit and started once again at home first on my family & friends skin. This was more than ten years ago so really old story...and here I am.

Can you talk about how your style developed? Why do you think people are drawn to dark art?

I think this style (if there is any) is still evolving in a really natural way, including newest inspirations, etc. I'm not describing my stuff as dark, for me it's not dark, it's just how I am, and how I am detecting reality and translating it to drawings, flash or tattoo form.   

What is the tattoo community like in Katowice, Poland? What is it like to be heavily tattooed there?


Justine Morrow
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