The interview with Staphan is of course something very special. He impresses with his tattoo style…
How did you get started with tattooing?
I was 19 years old, I lived in the small town of Tomsk in Russia, I was engaged in combat sports since childhood and got into a group of football hooligans after which I became interested in a tattoo and got my first tattoo on my stomach “to live is to fight” after my first one I was very attracted to it and began to do more and more, especially in prominent places, on the neck, hand and face, as if I immediately understood that I did not want to have an ordinary life working in the office all day and probably in this way I made myself motivated for this. in my spare time from training, I worked part-time at a construction site and earned some money and one day my tattoo artist published a post where he sold his 2 tattoo machines and they were the same cost that I had at that time, I thought that this was a sign from space, the same numbers and it’s fate for me to buy them, although before that I was not interested in tattooing as an art form or even income, everything happened only because I believe in non-random signs that lead me all my life in the right direction if I pay attention to them, since then I started doing this and for 10 years now I have been tattooing and became one of the recognizable tattoo artists, I have a life that I could not even imagine that I would ever have.
Where is your Studio Stephan and are you working as a Guest Artist?
Hello Guys, my name is Stephan Monarc, my studio is located in Hamburg, Germany. Sometimes I go out as a guest artist, I make a living from tattoos and canvases that I paint.
How would you describe what you do?
To some extent, and maybe most importantly, I try to make people happier, because they get what they like from me, they like my vision, my combinations in designs, they find their own deep meanings, motivation, memory, etc. . Of course, it brings good emotions to them as a result, and to me too, I am happy to implement my ideas, because for me these are my small goals that I want to achieve.
How did you get started?
I started with the traditional style of tattoos because it was a time when it was very popular and I did not see another, until I came across an artist from Los Angeles, who revealed in me a wild passion to create something similar, it was really art and I began to master the black-and-gray style of tattooing, and there is Antiquity, Sculpture, Greek mythology, and for 10 years I have been developing this style, changing it and adding my own personality.
What education or skills are needed to do this?
I have no education, I think people either have a gift from God or not, I think the most important ability is self-criticism, thanks to it you will never stop, I think that self-criticism is also a gift from God. When a person wants, his brain will work to the fullest and as a result, he himself will find everything he needs in order to start and develop.
What advice would you offer someone considering this career?
I would advise beginners to completely immerse themselves in this business and give their all and not think about the result.
How much time off do you get/take?
I have almost no free time despite the fact that I have a daughter and a wife, I am always working, I am always producing something, on the weekends that I have I am doing designs for my future projects, canvases, other art, my family support me and understand that this is very important for me, for which I am grateful to them.