Andrea Lanzi

About Me

Exclusive interview with Andrea Lanzi by Iva Kanceska 12/ 04 / 2010

Q: How long have you been tattooing?
A: I was tattooing for about 18 years. I opened my first studio 10 years ago called "ANTIKORPO".

Q: You have a big stunning portfolio. Did you have an artistic background growing up?
A: I'm self-taught artist. I grew slowly by my passion for drawing and art in general. It took many years to refine the technique of tattoo art and sculpture.

Q: How old were you when you made your first tattoo?
A: I was 17. I made my first tattoo on my forearm. It was a six-pointed star formed by two crossed triangles.

Q: You re extremely talented and creative person. Do you have any influences?
A: The artist who approached me was the artist of Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi). He led me to use the realism that he used in his paintings. I was passionate to modern and contemporary work. I was experimenting with various techniques and materials, trying to get a realistic vein as close to classical and religious.Q: What got you interested in the business?
A: Since I opened the ANTIKORPO Tattoo Studio 10 years ago, this became my only job and my greatest passion that allows me to live happily with my family.

Q: How much time was necessary to develop your tattoo skills?
A: My technique of tattooing is evolving, there is always something to learn. 10 years of continuous work led me to these results.
Q: What is your favorite style?
A: Living in Italy with a classic artistic culture, are certainly focused on realistic style, but nevertheless it is very difficult to make people appreciate the classic tattoo might be like Botticelli Venus in place of a Japanese geisha.

Q: Beside tattooing, you`re expressing your creativity in sculpting. So awesome!! I was impressed by your "piggy" creation:)So real! How much time was necessary to create this piece of art?
A: Sculpture as the tattoo is part of my life. Lately I've been experimenting with gyms that allow scenery to produce results similar to human skin. The implementation process is very long. To obtain a sculpture as Pig is required a week of continuous work.
Q: What is your biggest inspiration to create those designs? Do you have sketchbook?
A: I must say that I get more inspiration from the Web. Sometimes I'm looking at random pictures that potentially have nothing to do with the finished sculpture. However for a good sculptor sketchbook is always a necessary and fundamental.

Q: What equipment do you use to make it so "real"?
A: I use different materials, from modeling clay for children to the latest silicone rubber.

Q: Where did you learn to do that?
A: The artistic training at the academy of fine arts has taught me the basics of sculpture which then evolved by continuous experimentation and frequent art exhibitions.

Q: Do you also do custom orders?
A: The commissioned works are always a constraint for me, but happened to run parts required by customers.

Q: What sets you apart form other artists?
A: The artist is the one that materializes his thought. Everyone has their own .... here is the difference!

Q: What advice would you give to new artists coming through who are trying to make a name for themselves?
A: Usually accept advice and try not to give. From those wishing to experience the most important thing is to believe in their dreams and try to achieve the best.

Q: What can we expect from you in the future?
A: Only the best!

Thank you for the interview Iva