The artwork of artist Barthez

Where were you born and where are you from?
Hi, I'm from Bulgaria. I was born in Pazardjik city, Bulgaria.

How did you get introduced to the tattoo culture?
That happened many years ago, when I was still young. Tattooing and music was going against the communist system in Bulgaria. We just wanted to be free.

When did you get started?
I have been tattooing for 18 years now.

Do you remember the first tattoo that you did?
Yes of course, it was a small realistic scorpion, which I did for a friend of mine.

How would you describe your style of tattooing?
I cannot say that it is my style, but it’s my way of interpreting art in tattooing, it’s more psycho real.

What were you doing before you got into the tattoo business, and what made you change?
I started when I was still in high school. I've never done anything else.

What influences your artwork?
I am a fan of renaissance paintings and psycho movies.

What would you say is the best part about tattooing?
We are artists that don’t need a gallery for our art to be exposed. Everyone can see my work in the street; we’ve got a living canvas everywhere. This is the best part about tattooing.

What advice would you give to someone looking to get their first tattoo?
I think that the most important thing is to get a good piece of art and not to look for cheap ink.

Do you see yourself doing anything other than tattooing?
Yes why not, maybe do graffiti or play the guitar.

What’s your biggest inspiration, what keeps you going?
Everyone learns something new about themselves every day; we try to get better and better.

What is one thing that life has taught you?
Just to go step by step and enjoy the little things.

Where do you see the tattoo culture 10 years from now?
I think we will have very cool and interesting art. The new tattooers are coming with really good ideas.

Anything else you would like to add?
I hope that the people like my art.