Interview x Tattoodo

The dilemma between tattoos and a job is now getting jeopardized by thousands of example of tattooed professionals. The photography project of French artist Céline Aieta, Inspired Tattoo Portraits, exhibited in Paris, is contributing anew to prove that tattooed persons can have a job, and even a great job, but also that tattoos cannot be broken away from their owners. When tattoo is a passion : Céline has  accepted to answer some questions to introduce her project and herself.

Hello Céline, can you tell me what is your background and link with the tattoo world ?

I have no artistic schooling, but my education has always been focused on Arts. My father has initiated me to photography, and from there I went on my merry way… He has given me the taste for this tool and a precious critical eye. I have a lot of admiration for his work. In terms of Arts, Inspired Tattoo Portraits is the encounter between two passions : photography and tattoo. I am getting tattoos for years now, on a ‘assiduous’ way !

How did  the idea of Inspired Tattoo Portraits  come up ?

I simply wanted to take an interest in people who, like me, have made the choice of getting an integral tattooed body. I wanted to tell the commitment that it implies, with certainly the will to showcase a certain aspect of the tattoo culture I love.

How do you select your models ?

It always starts with a ‘crush’. I am working with instinct. There are some variables that never change : the integral tattooed body, good quality tattoos and a rich personal universe.

Which equipment and conditions do you use for your shootings and videos ?

Regarding photography, I only work with an analog camera, always with the same one and natural light. I never retouch my photographs, which gives them this rough aspect I love. I am working in partnership with my video maker, that is to say we are making pictures and video at the same time on the day of the shooting. It requires a lot of complicity to be able to move around the model without being in each other’s way while being complementary. Grégoire Dyer directed the last five videos of the project. His professional ties are leading him toward new challenges and I am currently looking for a new artist to succeed him.

We have already made an article on making a good tattoo photography but I’d like to have your professional point of view : according to you, what is making a good tattoo shot ?

The human aspect is the most important thing to me, because in my opinion a tattoo does not exist without the person who wear it. I am shooting  people first, before even considering they are tattooed.

What are your next projects ? Will you stay connected with the tattoo world ?

I am working on an art book project… I had also publication offers from magazines … My link with the tattoo world will never change, as I am engaged in a body suit on which I am constantly working, without taking into account the friendships I have made…

To follow Céline’s work and to read her great interviews of her tattooed models and tattoo artists, also check her Facebook page.

By on March 23, 2014

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