A local of Russia and resident artist on the acclaimed Love Machine studio in New York Metropolis, Ilya Cascad works hours on finish to finalize geometric, movement phantasm patterns on the our bodies of his shoppers.
“Symmetry” and “precision” are phrases that finest describe Cascad’s tattoos, carried out in black ink; nevertheless, not too long ago implementing colour to arm and leg sleeves to be modern and experimental inside the so-called, “Decorative” type. Involved together with his creations’ longevity, Ilya Cascad retains an eye fixed on the therapeutic course of in addition to the technological development within the tattoo subject. Adjusting, rectifying as he continues his difficult profession since 2013, he admits loving each minute of it.
Above: A portrait of tattooist Ilya Cascad, specialist of decorative physique artwork.
The meticulous and technical work of Ilya Cascad.
What does “Cascad” imply?
Once I began tattooing it was regular for an artist to have an inventive identify. So I selected the primary phrase from my former music band’s identify known as, “Cascad Decay,” and I simply actually wished to have a bit of that with me.
Ilya Cascad is well-known for his optical phantasm works.
You’re fascinated with making optical phantasm tattoos.
Sure, I’m fascinated with illusions, 3D geometric patterns, and nonetheless love the standard (decorative) tattoos of Polynesia, particularly the Māori.
Crucial factors within the implementation of my initiatives are the readability of the kinds, the symmetry (whether it is wanted) on the uneven floor of the physique, and an anatomically right composition. Preserving symmetry when transferring a stencil to a physique is essentially the most difficult a part of my job; usually taking a lot time to switch it to pores and skin. However the result’s at all times definitely worth the wrestle! I do create initiatives utilizing tons of instruments and strategies. Mixing and experimenting — utilizing a wide range of software program and in addition drawing on paper. Combining various strategies permits me to provide one thing completely new and particular for my shoppers.
Ilya Cascad stencils and attracts immediately on pores and skin, earlier than using his tattoo machine.
Have you ever ever given your self the freedom to improvise a tattoo in your shopper?
The vast majority of the time I put together the design upfront due to the type I’m working in, however usually I’ve to do some freehanding right here and there, relying on the world, as a result of our bodies and anatomy elements are so completely different. So it’s extra like I’m doing each stencil and freehand — I really feel like I wouldn’t have the ability to do only one with out the opposite.
The attractive work-in-progress on Hungarian buyer, talked about in questions beneath.
What would you take into account your best tattoo problem?
It’s making two equivalent arm or leg-sleeves.
How lengthy does it often take to do a full sleeve?
I like working full-day periods. Each the shopper and I are snug with prolonged time, so there isn’t a rush. I often spend 6 – 12 hours a day with my shopper, generally it may be greater than that. The method and preparation of stencil (as talked about earlier than) can take so much of time! After the stencil is on, I examine all of it for accuracy of the design, earlier than I start tattooing.
The start of a 17-hour tattoo session on the Hungarian shopper.
So that you go the additional mile to your shopper!
Sure, my longest session was 17 hours! [Shown in the two pictures above] My shopper flew from Hungary to Russia for a 5-day-session (all in a row), and when he arrived he realized he made a mistake reserving flight tickets — there have been solely 4 days in Russia with me. So I labored with the shopper for 17 hours continuous daily to complete this mission. As soon as it was completed, he went on to airport to catch the airplane! (The shopper really recovered shortly from the tattooing, but it surely was an excessive expertise.)
Along with working in your studio in Russia, you might have been a resident artist at Love Machine in New York Metropolis. What’s it like working with Sivak and others within the Huge Apple?
Properly, I wouldn’t say it was my dream, but it surely was a concurrence that led me to the chance to work in New York. Sivak is a superb artist, I’m glad I’m acquainted with him. He’s a really skilled artist (he’s been tattooing for greater than 13 years already), so it’s a pleasure to ask him for some advise and get a unprecedented response again. I like his imaginative and prescient! As for the store, additionally it is nice; a collective that’s precisely what I wished to be part of. It’s organized and pleasant. There are completely different artists there, a few of them converse Russian, so it’s humorous that among the American artists from the store are beginning to converse Russian too. It’s a big household that I’m glad to be part of.
Dot by dot, the stunning and futuristic neck tattoo by Ilya Cascad.
Except for New York Metropolis, what are your different plans and desires?
Contemplating the present scenario [COVID-19], I’ve received to say that my intention now’s to remain secure and hold my household secure. However, I can’t watch for it to be doable to journey once more, as a result of I actually actually love touring to new nations and cities, visiting tattoo conventions and simply exploring tattoo cultures in different elements of the world. I wish to say/admit that America is my favourite nation to journey to, as a result of it’s such an enormous territory with a lot occurring, so I undoubtedly wish to journey to different states sooner or later.
A high quality instance of how crimson pigment will be appropriate in a decorative tattoo.
You’ve carried out the vast majority of your work in black ink, but not too long ago you added crimson pigment to a sleeve (proven above). It’s fairly modern for the decorative type.
Sure, I had already been fascinated with it for a very long time. As for me, I feel generally colour can spoil a decorative mission, that’s why colour ought to be utilized in a correct manner. The shopper with the black-and-red arm sleeve is my buddy, and whereas making a cover-up mission for him, I spotted I may embody my thought [using red] into the idea. I’ve been following my buddy’s therapeutic course of to ensure all of it seems good and heals nicely. I’ll undoubtedly use extra colour in my future initiatives.
So meaning it has healed very nicely. Will the crimson elements nonetheless require touch-ups with time?
Shade initiatives take extra time to look vivid; it wants a particular approach and generally requires touch-ups. However the result’s price it! However you realize that any tattoo (colour) staying on pores and skin over time will rely upon many elements, just like the pores and skin kind, solar affect, life type, and so on.
On display screen this again piece is spectacular, in particular person it’s past phrases!
It’s noticeable the time and dedication you place into perfecting every bit. Have you ever ever thought-about presenting your work to an artwork gallery or museum?
This can be a nice thought. I’ve by no means thought of that … Perhaps sooner or later I’ll do one thing like that.
The stippling approach is time-consuming but long-lasting on pores and skin.
1000’s, thousands and thousands of dots to type of murals. Does your hand and arm damage from stippling?
I’m fairly certain I’ve a profession-related continual ache in my wrist. It’s been with me for some time now, so I feel I’m going to only hold it [Smile]. I even have a little bit little bit of deformation on my fingers from my work, which is why I’m very cautious selecting the tattoo machines and typically all of the gear I exploit.
The gradient impact of the patterns are all created dot by dot.
Aside from tattooing, what else pursuits you?
One different curiosity is taking part in guitar. I was in a band; I nonetheless keep in mind these occasions and it actually makes me pleased to play an instrument. Clearly, my favourite issues in life are spending time with my stunning spouse and daughter, and touring all over the world to go to new locations, artwork galleries or museums.
I’ve to be sincere, I’m very interested by exploring the brand new improvements within the tattoo business like gear, units or something linked to my work typically — exploring and attempting it myself and seeing what’s new in all places, actually.