Easy Sacha

Published: 22 June, 2010 - Featured in Skin Deep 179, December, 2009

Discovering Paris's Mystery Tattoo Club

Easy Sacha recounts his journey from mere childhood fascination to the opening of his own tattoo shop in his native country of France. From doing his first tattoo with no professional machinery at the age of sixteen to opening up his own shop in Paris at thirty-five, tattoo artist prodigy Easy Sacha has come a long way from his humble beginnings. 

After nine rich years of working with tattoo mastermind and extraordinaire Tin-Tin at Tin-Tin Tatouages, in the heart of Paris, Easy Sacha opted to get away from the madness and let his adrenaline levels settle by setting up shop in a quiet borough of the city. Opening Mystery Tattoo Club one year ago, the shop’s clientele has been steadily shifting from devoted regulars to locals getting wind of Easy Sacha’s talent.  

 

Small creations, sleeves, back pieces, black and grey and bold colour, Easy Sacha’s work is all encompassing. With his style easily morphing and adapting to customer requests, one thing does remain constant and that is the intricacy and depth of his work. No matter what design you have in mind, allow Easy Sacha to make it his own and people won’t be able to pass you on the street without doing a double take. His lettering is almost regal and simply gorgeous, and his attention to detail is breathtaking. Easy Sacha’s ability to achieve depth is hard to put into words, but try and imagine some of his most original creations: entire arms tattooed with tendons, veins and bones giving one the impression they are looking underneath the skin at the anatomy of the arm.  

 

The skill and patience needed to generate such unique works of art is not readily found and Easy Sacha truly is a gem of the tattoo world. 

 

The French artist discovered the realm of tattoos at a young age, in an indirect fashion, “I use to draw a lot, but during adolescence and through metal and punk rock music, I discovered tattoos,” he recalls of his initial exposure to the art form that would soon engulf him and become an integral part of his life. “I also admit to have always been intrigued by the old marines (sailors) that I would see in bars, who wore really old tattoos done by hand,” he adds.    

 

Fascination and desire growing stronger with time, it was only “after thinking about it for several years, that I bought my first machine [in 1997] and that I started tattooing my friends,” says Easy Sacha. Surrounded by acquaintances who trusted him, and who most likely were longing for a tattoo before the legal age, the opportunity for his first job came before he even bought the aforementioned machine. “I did my first tattoo at sixteen years on a friend in high school.  At the time, with no machine, we did it “à l’ancienne” [the traditional way],” says the artist and laughingly adds, “I seem to remember that we had drank a little, and the result was rather mediocre!” 

 

Continuing to recount his journey into the limelight, he reveals there was a lot of observation and self-teaching involved in the perfection of his craft. Opting not to begin as an apprentice he says, “I learned on my own at the start, getting some tips through meetings and refining my technique when I started getting tattooed at Tin-Tin Tatouages. I spent a lot of time watching the guys tattooing that worked there.” However, as beneficial as observation was, one can’t learn without being hands on, and so came the time to practice. “I did my first real tattoo professionally at the age of twenty-three and it was a half-back tribal piece. It was a bit big for my first tattoo but it allowed me to evolve technically at the start since we did numerous sessions,” explains Easy Sacha.  

 

Having spent so much time at Tin-Tin Tatouages it was inevitable that he would eventually make his way into the family, and they welcomed him with open arms. “When I joined the team, Tin-Tin slipped me quite a bit of technical and artistic advice,” he says.   

 

As for his first experience of getting tattooed, it came as soon as it became easily accessible. “At the time, when I was a teenager, there were no tattoo artists in the region [I lived] at least 150 kms away from a major town or city. So, at nineteen, when a tattoo artist set up shop in my town, we all went under the needle with my friends.” What was the historic first tattoo? “A tribal style Borneo piece on my shoulder.” Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like the first artist in town was extremely skilled as Easy Sacha admits although, “There are no tattoos I regret; I covered my first tribal with a Japanese sleeve.”  

 

His admiration and love for Japanese art stems from the fact that he believes it is the style least likely to become obsolete: “I think the Japanese style adapts itself the best to the body and I think that it is one of the styles that goes out of fashion the least with time.” Not quick to dismiss other styles he adds, “I also love doing everything that is black and grey, I love to play with volume and contrast.” 

 

Nowadays, with the popularity of this unique art form exploding, Easy Sacha admits he doesn’t really know where all the sudden attention is coming from, but attributes it to pop culture. “I don’t really know, but in France I think it’s due to seeing celebrities, musicians, comedians, sportsmen, wearing tattoos that has changed attitudes. So, tattoos became more popular and everyone wanted to have their own,” he says and continues with an interesting observation. He explains that fifteen to twenty years ago “people got small tattoos to stand out, but now everyone has their little tattoo so, to stand out now people get, for their first tattoo, sleeves or a complete back piece.”    

 

In this tattoo boom, and after spending nine years nicely settled in Tin-Tin’s shop, it only seemed logical to drastically turn things on their head and to finally open the shop he had always dreamed of. “It’s an idea that slowly made its way through my head over the years,” he begins and elaborates, “There was no urgency as I felt good at Tin-Tin Tatouages. But I reached thirty-five years and I told myself that it was maybe time for me to build my own project. I put up the Mystery Tattoo Club in a fairly tranquil, quiet neighbourhood with more of a village ambiance, where everyone knows each other.” In the peaceful sanctuary that is the 11th Arrondissement of Paris he shares his space with three other talented, local artists. “I work with Navette from Lyon [from Viva Dolor], who comes in one week per month, Karl Marc from Handmade Tattoo divides his time between constructing machines at his workshop and weekends at the shop with me, and Just [from Tattoo Mania] also comes one week per month.”

 

“We all have very different styles and we complement each other well,” he comments on the shop’s dynamic and admits the one potential downside of their low-key location is that, “Our clients are mostly people that know our work and that don’t come by chance.” However, things are changing and although “the boutique is fairly discrete,” the artists are seeing an increasing number of local clients who are beginning to take notice of the shop’s overflowing talent.   

 

Before returning to work, I ask Easy Sacha to look back to his past one more time to find a particular design or client who stands out. After a pause he decides he cannot choose, “No, I try every time to do the best [tattoo] possible and I try to never forget the tattoos that I do.”

 

With a heartfelt passion and devotion to each piece he does and with such an explosive amount of talent, perhaps Easy Sacha should begin searching for a new, more appropriate name for his shop. It undoubtedly won’t remain a mystery for long.

 

28 Rue Saint 

Ambroise 

75011, Paris, 

France

www.mysterytattooclub.com

Credits

Text: Barbara Pavone Photography: Easy Sacha

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