Morning Glory: KARL MARC
KARL MARC is a tattoo artist. He recently realized the first ever animated tattoo, to see this ground-breaking achievement, click here. To check out more of Karl’s work, please visit: www.karlmarc.com
Karl currently works his magic at: The Mystery Tattoo Club in Paris.
“I began tattooing during my first year of University at UCSB in California. I received my first tattoo that year, and began to frequent tattoo shops to hang out and ask questions. I already had a love for drawing and watercolor, and had been looking for a way to use this love as a way to live: Tattooing was perfect!
I asked for and was accepted as an apprentice at the shop where I received my first tattoo. It took about two years to learn the basics: First you learn about cleanliness and sterilization, then it moves on to the mechanics of the tattoo machine as well as how all the equipment works. Finally there is a lot to learn about different skin types and how to properly tattoo them. After 2 years I was finally allowed to tattoo.
When I finished my university studies (a BA in sociology), the choice was clear to me: tattooing had become my life, and I decided to make this my focus. I began traveling to work in different tattoo shops around the world and learn as much as I could from other artists.
During those 10 years of travels I fell in love with Paris, and decided to move here. When the Mystery Tattoo Cub was opened by Easy Sacha, I asked him if I could have a permanent spot and was accepted. I’m proud to continue learning from Sacha, a truly world-class tattoo artist.
My advice to people who would like to be tattoo artists: Draw as much as you can, form friendships with different tattoo shops, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Those who are persistent will get an all-important apprenticeship. DON’T try to tattoo without a professional by your side to guide you… the result will be there forever!”WHAT TIME DO YOU WAKE UP? 9ish… But I usually stay up until 1 or 2 in the morning drawing. WHAT DO YOU HAVE FOR BREAKFAST? American coffee, black. ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES YOUR MOOD IN THE MORNING? Relaxed WHAT GETS YOUR JUICES FLOWING? Adventurous clients with good ideas. The best projects start with an interesting idea and grow from there.
Published: April 20th, 2011