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The Lost Lands of the Incal: Interview with Jackson Epstein

The Lost Lands of the Incal: Interview with Jackson Epstein

Tattoo Ideas4 min Read

New York based tattooist Jackson Epstein gives us insight into his psychedelic, comic infused artwork.

Can you remember the first time you saw Heavy Metal? Or leafed through the magnificent underground anthology Garo? Maybe it was the magic you felt when Mr. Natural sauntered into your life, or when the Oms of La Planete Sauvage murdered their keepers...but whatever or whenever it was, it's hard to deny the imaginative power of fantasy and sci-fi. 

What is your artistic background? What are your first creative memories?

How did you get into tattooing? Why was/is it something you are passionate about?

Your artwork is like if MC Escher and Moebius had a baby that constantly watched Ralph Bakshi films. But that’s just the first thing that comes to mind...what artists, tattooers or not, inspire you? How do you come up with the designs that you do?

Why did you choose to do non electric tattooing rather than machine? What is it about that experience for yourself, or the clients, that you find fulfilling or satisfying?

Rather recently stick and poke tattoos have become increasingly popular, even though they are totally of ancient times...what do you think is behind this resurgence? Why do you think people are so attracted to the hand poke aesthetic/art form?

What do you hope your artwork will say to viewers? Do you have a philosophy or political agenda behind your work, or is it all for the pure pleasure of creation?


Justine Morrow
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