Setting himself apart from the rest early on, Mirko Sata has created a name for himself that is practically iconic, and synonymous with serpents. His esoteric, highly symbolic illustrative work is stunning. Fueled by the allegorical world of dreams and arcane primitivist longings, his tattoos have inspired clients and collectors from around the globe. He was kind enough to elucidate upon his process, his pieces and more in this exclusive interview.
Although you have a degree in scenography from the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano, you decided to turn to tattooing. What was the motivation for this career change?
Since you are self-taught in an industry where this is often frowned upon, what advice do you have for others trying to find their way into the tattoo community?
How does a healthy, loving relationship, like yours with Ilenia, uplift your creative process and spark your imagination? What is it about having a partner that supports your artistic output?
You’ve spoken before about how your dreams inspire your work, as well as esotericism, magic, and certain states of mind. Do you consider yourself a surrealist or do you practice magic yourself? How do you put yourself into the best state of mind to create?
How do you feel about the “rules” of tattooing? What is your personal philosophy on tattooing, and what are your hopes for the future of the tattoo community?
Do you have any plans for 2018 that you’d like to share? Guest spots, collaborations, new mediums or techniques?