Saturated with intensely vivid colors, swathed in the glow of the galaxy and sparkling stars, the work of Giena Todryk is like a brilliant mirage held captive by ink and skin. In this interview, Giena talks more about their artistic background and inspirations, that which makes the tattoos so intrinsically singular in aesthetic, color, and design.
What is your artistic background? What are your first creative memories?
When I was a lil kid my mom used to draw some words out for me, because I was not able to say the letter R. For example Robot was Lobot for me. Then I would try to redraw them. In kindergarten when other kids were running, playing games or writing, I was always drawing. Cars, animals, plants, kids, I drew everything that was around me. Those are my first memories about drawing.
I was studying graphic design and classic drawing at University, but they kicked me out.
How did you get into tattooing? Why is it something you are passionate about?
Since I was 13 years old I wanted to tattoo, I was growing up in and around subcultures in which tattoos were appreciated and cool. For me it was a great idea to make art on people, I loved to draw and the thought that someone will wear my art for the rest of his or her life and (most of the time ). I find it very pleasant. The most passionate thing about tattoos for me is the fact that this is the current of art in which you still can make something new.
What inspires your work? What artists, tattooers or not, are your heroes?
That's a really tough question for me since there are so many artists that inspire me. I can't mention them all. Most of my inspirations come from comic books, animated movies old fairy tales and street art around the world.
Beyond tattooing, what are you most passionate about? If you weren’t a tattooer what would you be doing?
Hmm...my other passions except books and animations? Probably my girlfriends’ boobs. If tattooing was not an option I would be prophet of some sect or the world master of whistling.
I love that your work has such a clear and unique aesthetic and voice. What advice do you have for other artists trying to be true to themselves in such an oversaturated, fast paced and competitive world?
For all you future artists reading this, I have only one piece of advice. Do not listen to anyone! Just make art that you believe in.
Do you have any travel plans, collabs, projects, or new materials/techniques you hope to work in?
I will have some tours in Europe such as France, Germany and maybe Spain, we will see. Some of my best projects are still in progress, as a lot of full sleeves I’ve been working on are not completed yet. I hope that 2018 will be the year of finishing some of them.