Graceful, delicate, and poetic, the tattoos of Ani des Aubes are wonderful illustrations of natural beauty. Portraits of ladies lost in thought, lovers embracing, and castles in the clouds, Ani des Aubes pieces are reminders of tender moments.
In this interview she talks about what inspires her tattoos, and what she hopes her depictions on skin will say to the world.
What is your artistic background? Did you always want to be a tattooer and how did you get into tattooing?
I have always drawn. After my high school I started art studies; the idea of tattooing came me during this period, but I was afraid of the closed environment. I bought a tattoo machine that I hid a few years in a drawer before I realized I wanted to do that.
Who are your artistic heroes, tattooists or not? Are there any films, books, visuals, that inspire you?
I’m inspired by everything! Japanese print books and nude photography a lot also! Bouits is one of the tattooists who made me want to tattoo, because of his super creative work and especially his great sincerity. I like curves, suppleness, the strength of simple lines, the body and nature are found in these characteristics. Nature blends in the body and the body blends in the nature.
Many of your works are depictions of bodies in nature. What do you hope to say to your audience through your artwork?
Above all, I want to be honest in what I draw. I love the beauty of women in all their forms, the idea of powerful freedom and eroticism, all with a hint of gentleness and benevolence.
Can you talk about the tattoo culture and community in Montpellier?
Tattoo culture is growing everywhere, as well as in Montpellier. Shops are opening and people are getting more tattooed!
Beyond tattooing/creating art, what is most important to you? What do you wish you had more time for?
What's most important to me? The people I love deeply, eating, getting drunk with all the pleasures, eating again and I will repeat it indefinitely! I'd like to make a book about the women I have tattooed with their photos and the symbolism of their tattoos. And I'd like to get back to painting when I’m on a trip!
Do you have any future plans that you’d like to share?
I will go to Latin America soon, to discover the tattoo culture there and take time to draw during that period for me. I would like one day maybe to publish a book of photographs of women with tattoos, naked, in a body positive way!