It's like techno rootkit viruses have invaded the skin and cyberpunks are out on the street screaming "Hack the planet" to a soundtrack of Aphex Twin and Lords of Acid. Circuit boards have been embedded into the body while Noh masks hang, suspended in the air, like holograms from another planet. This is the type of imaginative force behind the work of Julian Llouve. It's surreal, and warped...like Neuromancer come to life. The dystopian merges with vivid colors in glitch form to illustrate a dream world that you can have forever marked onto your skin. Julian was kind enough to sit down with us to expound on where these visionary pieces flourish from.
How did you get into tattooing? Was it what you always wanted to do?
A lot of your work is very psychedelic. Do you consider yourself a surrealist? What is it about psychedelic visuals that fits with your personal artistic philosophy?
What do you love or hate about New York City?