Although the tattoo scene in Denmark has been around for a long time, right now there seems to be an intense amount of incredible talent burgeoning from the country made of many islands. Marcus Norrild may be relatively new to the industry, with four years of tattooing already under his belt, but his talent is exemplary of the creative works Danish tattoo artists are making.
In this interview, Marcus talks about many things including those who inspire his bright and bold artwork, and his best advice for young tattooists trying to become the best artists they can be.
How did you get into tattooing and why was it something you were drawn to?
Since I can remember I have always wanted to get tattooed but never thought that I would become a tattooer. I used to draw my own references for when I was getting tattooed by my old mentor, he then told me that he had an open spot for an apprenticeship and if I wanted it. So I got really lucky!
Can you talk about your inspirations, and how your style has evolved since you began?
I think my biggest inspirations are my friends and coworkers at Death or Glory, I'm lucky to be around such incredible talent every day! My style has definitely evolved since I moved to that shop! I found out that there is more to Traditional tattooing than being fast and bold haha!
Who are the tattooers, or fine artists/movements, that have inspired you over the years?
There are too many amazing tattooers to mention! Although I think its important to honor legends like Percy Waters, Coleman Cap, Ben Corday, Amund Dietzel and Bert Grimm, who all paved the way for present time tattooing! Most recently my biggest inspiration is my friend and coworker Siggy! One of the best tattooers I have ever got to meet!
Many artists have a philosophy or motivation behind their work...what would you say is yours? How do you define success?
I will say that after only around 4 years of tattooing I'm nowhere near what I aspire to achieve! I feel like I am only now starting to really learn and evolve as a tattooer and as a person!
What advice do you have for young artists trying to get into tattooing? What was the best advice you received when you first started?
I got really lucky with my way in to tattooing and you should not expect the same happening to you! My best advice is first of all to draw as much as possible and love drawing and perhaps make it your hobby to draw, I just do it in my spare time. Everyone can learn how to tattoo, but if you don't love drawing, you are going to have a hard time! Perhaps find a tattooer that you like and respect as an artist! Get tattooed heaps by him and try to have a conversation about it!
How do you feel about the future of the tattoo industry? What things need to change, and what needs to stay the same?
I cant speak on behalf of all countries but I think the Danish tattoo scene for the most part are very “everyone against everyone” and it is slowing the creativity down! We need to help each other and share knowledge and grow together! I'm lucky to be around amazing talent and open minded tattooers, but I see a lot of people making tattooing into a competition where its only about money and instagram followers, and thats just not important! Surround yourself with good people!
Beyond tattooing, what are you passionate about? How do you spend your free time, and what do you do on your vacations?
After only a few years of tattooing I'm still in the hungry stage where I pretty much don't do anything else than tattooing and do other tattoo related things haha! If I have to pick a passion outside tattooing, it would be traveling! I love experiencing new cultures, nature and food! I took some time off to visit Iceland and Western Australia with my girlfriend this year, which was two complete opposites but I loved both places! I also cant help but get tattooed when I travel haha!
Any future goals, plans, collabs, etc. that you’d like to share?
For now I'm working on bettering myself as an artist and tattooer and trying to reach the next step of my journey! I would like to experience new cultures through tattooing, so definitely traveling more with tattooing is a goal for the future! Im planning on moving to Western Australia with my girlfriend, as soon as this virus thing is over!