When some anon first asked me about interviewing tattoo artists for my page (months ago, I know), I didn’t know where to start with it. Ibi was one of the first offering for helps. Since he is also one of the best newcoming artists in the scene, I’ve asked him to be the first. I’ve done similar stuff before, but not in english, and not about tattoos, so just be patient, enjoy this first attempt and wait for more, Ibi Rothe has some interesting stuff to say. Can’t wait to get tattooed from him. L
One of the things I love about your art, what really makes it unique, is the color palette. It’s pretty unusual for tattoos, especially for traditional designs. Where did you get it from? I mean, is there anything specific that inspires you besides tattoo related stuff?
My colors just happend in some way. First i tried to avoid some tones that seems not harmonious to me. And then I built it up more and more til it was what it is now. Im still trying new combinations and have a lot of fun with this. - Im impressed on so much. Damn hard to tell what it is in detail. Its more a feeling, than something you can describe. The more undescribable it is, the more it impresses me.
I get a lot of asks about the creative process that is behind a good custom tattoo. Also, a lot of people seems to be insecure about how specific they should be with their ideas, or about bringing or not references. What’s the ideal process for you?
For me is best to get an idea from what the customer likes, without having so much specific details. When I do the sketch and got the feeling, that my client will like it everything is right. Just a mixture of good communication and a dazzling idea. Sounds so easy.
With tattoos becoming a trend, the tattoo industry is constantly changing. Do you think the overexposure (magazines, websites, reality shows) will end up in something good for the scene despite the huge amount of crap that will inevitably come out of it?
Weblogs, forums, magazines, social networks, even television - you can see tattoos everywhere. There is more excellent work to see than ever before. This is rising the expectation of costumers and the motivation of tattooers constantly. Thats something really good in my opinion. As well its a lot easier to find the tattooers of your choice today. Of course there is also a bad side. Some people say that with setting trends, the individuality in tattooing gets lost. For me the decision to change your body in the way you like, is what makes it individual. And it doesnt matter why you like to like something, it just matters that you do.
Your style is pretty unique. Still, it’s roots are clearly traditional.
I love everything about traditional / old school stuff. Its so simple and beautiful at the same time. And even if there is a general guiding line to traditionals, everybody has his own take on it. As well it is super cool for collecting, cause you can put pieces together so easily and make it look like a big unity, without losing the individual character of the single picture. My favourites at the moment are Or Kantor, Lars Uwe, sweet Marcin Surowiec, James McKenna, Joe Ellis, my buddy Rich Wells and a million more. They all inspires me.
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