Reworking desires into tattoos and our bodies into artistic endeavors – tattoo artist Maxime Etienne, proprietor of Leonart studio in Bondi, Sydney, Australia chats to us about his humble beginnings, the method behind his designs and his charity work…
I’ve been getting tattoos since I used to be 18 and all the time liked artwork by way of creation. Portray, sculpting, drawing and tattooing have all the time been industries I’ve wished to work in. However, I by no means thought I may have the abilities to do any of them till I attempted to attract in late 2016. I began drawing with lots of geometry sample and in an summary model of realism.
I began tattooing in late 2016 at residence once I realised I may really draw a little bit. I wished to get extra tattoos however couldn’t afford them. So I ordered a $40 tattoo package on eBay and began to follow on my legs, my arms and even my chest and abdomen earlier than tattooing some mates.
I by no means thought I could possibly be knowledgeable artist of any sort. However after tattooing an honest variety of mates for the about eight months a great deal of folks contacted me by way of Instagram and my follwers elevated. I realised that perhaps I may grow to be an actual tattoo artist in the future. One evening I met a bunch of tattooists that liked my chest piece that I did myself. They informed me “if you are able to do that on your self and it heals that manner then you may positively grow to be a tattoo artist.”
So, after roughly 10 months I made a decision to use for my licence right here in Australia and began in a studio as quickly as I obtained it. After 10 months working in that studio, I opened my very own and now it has been two years and I work greater than I ever anticipated.
After some researc I found so many artists that impressed me and realised what I like is already there and what I may do can be appreciated by a sure viewers. I pushed my creativity additional and got here up with what I do at this time. Realism, summary and detailed items which might be finished to inform a narrative or specific a sense. I’m impressed by every part that comes into my thoughts and what I like. Nature, animals, astronomy, ladies’s options, structure and scientific analysis illustrations.
Most of my designs are from my purchasers’ tales. I’m making an attempt to show their emotions, desires, or their previous into photos. I design every part in the future earlier than the appointment and finalise it on the day after asking additional questions. I work that manner as a result of I actually put myself into their story or undertaking and so I don’t work on a number of designs on the similar time. I solely e book one shopper a day to make sure we will get the most effective out of their future tattoo.
I see myself as a designer greater than somebody who attracts, as I typically combine up a number of components all collectively.
I attempt to give my designs the most effective distinction and form for the position that’s given to me. I can’t freehand my designs as they require nice particulars and geometry. Floral and further small items in a bit can typically be free-handed, however I favor having a stencil on to make sure the end result would be the greatest and let my shopper actually visualise what it should seem like.
My fashion is basically arduous to explain in a single phrase. It’s composed of micro realism, summary and geometry. A dream undertaking can be a full physique coated of many designs that might specific the want of freedom and the love for nature and earth. I like the diagram patterns used from engineers and would connect all designs collectively that method to flip the physique into an precise e book of human emotions and notion of life on our planet. What we’re doing on earth, thanking it for the fantastic thing about it and mixing totally different emotions most of us are going by way of to specific our power and fragility.
I see my artwork lasting by way of time as I’m always making an attempt to evolve, study and create. I’m a dreamer and a tough employee on the similar time. I all the time give every part I’ve to realize my targets, but when in the future my artwork isn’t appreciated any extra and I’m pressured to solely execute purchasers’ ideas with out having the chance to create alone, then I’ll do one thing else.
Tattooing grew to become a ardour, it’s greater than a job. It has by no means been a method to generate profits for me, however a dream that grew to become true – to dwell by doing what I like and making folks completely happy.
Tattooing is an trade the place we’re in touch with folks for hours and deep conversations happen through the strategy of tattooing. I’ve met so many unbelievable those that have informed me actual tales of what they’ve been by way of and their points. That are sadly not talked about sufficient to a normal viewers, together with home violence points. I’ve been raised by my grandmother and my mom and grew up with one sister. Ladies are every part, they made me who I’m at this time.
I work with an organisation known as Karmagawa created by two actually shut mates of mine, Mat Abad and Thimoty Sykes. I journey with them and assist them on totally different occasions world wide and design garments for charity. They each encourage me not solely with their charity work, however with their personalities and open minds. They confirmed me that we will do extra than simply work for ourselves and we should all assist after we can.
Home violence, which isn’t all the time bodily, on kids and girls is one thing I would love to assist with. Organisations are right here to assist these in want and cash is commonly crucial to make sure they will hold operating. Doing a tattoo fundraiser isn’t just for the cash however to succeed in those that is likely to be in want and even to assist them realise what occurs to them isn’t regular.
Social media as a platform is highly effective, me doing a tattoo fundraiser with posts and tales may push different artists to take action too. I’ve finished related with the Australian bush fires and given the cash to those that had been serving to these on the spot not simply to the organisation.
That’s what I wish to do right here. I wish to elevate cash after all by giving all of the revenue to organisations, however I’m positive that simply posting about it may assist to boost consciousness and I’ll do this a few instances yearly. My future undertaking is to open a studio in Amsterdam and work with artists that shall be keen to do some flash days yearly for various causes.