This month the enigmatic and totally rad Black Sea will be in Birmingham and guestng at our studio from the 31st of July to the 5th of August.
Based in the South East of England, Black Sea tattoos at The Circle, London and Bobinski tattoo, Kent. We decided to ask him some semi-serious questions to try and unravel the mystery that is “Black Sea” but mostly to get to know him and how he works, better.
What is your earliest memory of tattoos or tattooing? Was anyone in your family tattooed for instance.
My uncle had a small tattoo on his forearm, a completely unrecognisable blur
Can you remember the moment you thought “I wanna do this” or, “This is something I can do”?
I left the armed forces and decided to follow tattooing as a career
How long have you been tattooing and where have you worked so far?
4 years – Dagren Tattoo (Dunfermline, Scotland), Divine Canvas (London) and currently The Circle (London) & Bobinski’s (Ashford, Kent)
Do you work on an hourly rate or fixed prices?
Fixed rate for half and full day.
How do you tend to work? Do you draw ahead of time or freehand on the day? Do you let customers see the design before the day etc?
Freehand most of the time, I don’t plan too much before hand, mainly just rough sketches
Do you consider yourself to have a style? If so, what is it and was it a conscious decision to focus on that, or did it just naturally happen?
I don’t think so. Using the same needle groupings and repeat shapes for most if not all my work.
Do you enjoy the social media side of tattooing or is it a necessary chore?
Mixed emotions. Positive and negatives in all media platforms
Do you think tattoo TV shows have been good or bad for the industry?
Never seen any and therefore cannot pass judgement
Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future of tattooing over the next 10 years or so?
We will see in 10 years
If you could be the protagonist of any film, which film would you choose e.g Elliot in E.T or The Bride in Kill Bill?
Jaguars Paw, Apocolypto
Who is your favourite artist, not including tattooists?
Best TV show on right now?
I don’t own a TV
Since you are coming to Birmingham, Black Sabbath, Duran Duran, Nick Drake?
Would you rather have a head the size of a tennis ball or the size of a watermelon?
Depends how big the melon is
Would you rather be an ugly genius or a hot moron and why?
Ugly genius, brains win
How far would you go for 1 million Instagram followers?
Fuck fame, just good times, good energy and good company
You can see more of Black Sea’s work on Instagram @black_.sea