A legend of the tattooing community in his own right, Stewart Robson of Modern Classic Tattoo, was kind enough to give us a moment of his time for this interview. Speaking on his humble beginnings, his film projects, and opening up his own shop with Valerie Vargas, Stewart's life is an inspiring work of pure devotion and love.
How did you get into tattooing? Was it what you always wanted to do?
Your work is very much supported by the foundations of Irezumi, and I hear often that this form of tattooing has many rules. Can you describe some of these rules, and why they exist? Why did you find yourself attracted to this particular aesthetic?
Can you tell us about your film FST: On The Shoulders of Giants? What was the impetus behind the project, where did the title come from, and how did it feel to produce such an incredible piece?
Many established tattoo artists have a very specific philosophy revolving the art form and community of tattooing. How would you describe yours?
Why did you and Valerie decide to open your own shop? How does working with your life partner support your personal artistic practice?
Any plans for 2019 that you’d like to share? Travel plans, guest spots, projects you’re excited about?