Our long time friend and upcoming guest artist Fabrizio Divari is on his way to San Diego for a few days June 14-17th, 2015, and to prepare for his arrival we wanted to share a recent interview he did with InkedMag.com. Divari’s work is bright and bold, and his style is quite refreshing around these parts because we don’t see much in the way of abstract & geometric tattooing down here in S.D. Well, here is our chance to represent! Visit his guest artist portfolio for contact info and for more examples of his work.
What year did you start tattooing? I believe 1992 or ?93.
How did you get into tattooing? Pretty much by chance. I met a guy on the beach in the south of Spain who was tattooing his own arm with a couple of sewing needles, a string of cotton and Pelikan ink. I was fascinated by how rudimental the process could be and at the same time how permanent the result. I went back to the campsite where I was with a group of friends, armed with the same ?tools? that the stranger used, and tattooed the whole gang with symbols from the record Love by The Cult. As soon as I returned to Milan I decided to get into this new medium in every way I could.
What was your first shop experience like? At the same time exciting and very intimidating. These guys actually knew what they were doing. Suddenly I was flooded with regulations, health parameters, real customers, schedules given by a shop manager and, of course, I had to be pretty much flawless in whatever tattoo I was doing, which wasn?t easy considering that I?d never technically trained in the craft. But I did well; I was absorbing all that I could from my colleagues and only worked on the pieces that I felt comfortable with. Then I gradually increased the range of the possibilities and the difficulty of the tattoos I was doing.
What is the tattoo scene like in Canada? Extremely lively. It?s a great market for both clients and artists because there is a huge demand for large custom tattoos. Walking down the streets you bump into vibrantly colored sleeves, chests, and legs everywhere; people here aren?t afraid to ask for the original, the unseen, or the daring, which is what I appreciate the most.
What led you to work in such a bright and colorful style? My passion for modern art. When I was young I visited museums everywhere I went, mostly Europe at the time, and I was systematically struck with anything that covers the period from the late 1800s to the mid 1900s. Cezanne, Picasso and Boccioni became my muses and inspiration. Anything from the Post-Impressionists to Cubism always had the most incredible appeal to me. So as soon as I got hold of my tattooing skills, I wanted to depict what the client asked in a style that reminded me of those masters through color palette, essential geometries and overall motion, as I rarely saw that style in the tattoo craft.
You are clearly influenced by the traditional Japanese style. What led you to put your own spin on Japanese imagery? Japanese tattoos allow me to work all the skills that I hope I?ve mastered over time. Composition, perspective, foreground-background proportion, color palette, contrast, details and flow are all necessary ingredients for the perfect tattoo. Traditional Japanese offers culturally rich subject matters, all kinds of elements to fill spaces, many different settings, incredible details and movement so it seems a fitting marriage to put together all these traits with my passion for color, shapes, particulars and movement.
What tattoo artists do you admire most? There are so many out there today; it?s really hard, and unfair, to narrow them down into a few. But, so be it: Filip Leu, Steve Moore, Mike Rubendall, Peter Aurisch, Shige, Lars Uwe, Chris O?Donnell, and Aaron Della Vedova.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing? Large, elaborate pieces with emphasis on flow, contrast and detail. That?s what I?m really into these days: botanical stuff, flora and fauna. I?m okay with a little less Asian. I?d like to try new directions at this point, and open-minded clients who are fine with getting tattooed during a stretch of time rather then slamming a full sleeve in three sittings; I don?t believe in extenuating sessions.
Is there a tattoo that you haven?t done yet that you are dying to do? I would love to do a modern take on an architectural piece, a rib panel, sleeve or even full back, with layers that overlap in places and weird geometries that suggest, but don?t clearly tell, the shapes of buildings.
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