Quick Fire Questions - Piotr Deadi Dedel

Published: 14 November, 2011 - Featured in Skin Deep 205, November, 2011

Piotr Deadi Dedel started getting ink under people’s skin in the Spring of 2006. Five years on, he’s one of the most soulful and inspiring dark artists working in the world today.

Tell us about your beginnings.

"I was born in Poland in a little town called Tarnobrzeg and moved to Cracow to study landscape architecture.

During my third year of studying I realised that architecture was not what I’d like to do in life.

I started to work a lot – in fact I started tattooing back in my hometown in 2006 – swapping pencils for a tattoo machine. With time it ceased to bother me that I deal with everything myself. Thanks to that mentality, I have never had the feeling that I am “a branch in a branch”."

What gives you the motivation to push yourself like you do?

"I was always inspired by everything, not just in the field of visual art, but the general concept of understanding the human psyche seemed very interesting. I have always admired artists who have something to say through their work. For example, in Toffi’s case, where I am tattooing a substantial area of his body I can see a lot of ideas, intertwined objects and colours. I have always loved the work of Victor Portugal. I admire his sense of space. Currently I do not pay too much attention to inspirations, there’s a lot more spontaneity and improvisation in my work."

What makes a good tattoo?

"I think that tattoos are best when they are intensely contrasted with flowing composition and spin in your eyes. They must be properly integrated into the anatomy of the body and give a sense of space. It’s great when a tattoo tells a remarkable story, then we can enter into its world and connect with the spirit of its author."

Is there anywhere you would really love to guest spot at?

"I've been working in 9th Circle since its foundation three years ago. Before that I tattooed only at home. Now it’s time to travel and look for a comfortable place on earth. I’m thinking about many different places. Currently I’m in Switzerland and it’s a great place to be, but I have plans to travel more. I’m thinking about Netherlands, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. I would also like to work for a while in England. I have never been there and have always wanted to know the country better."

If you hadn't become a tattooist, what do you think you would be doing?

"I would definitely be playing music – because of tattoos I broke my deathcore band Violletta Villazz, where I was vocalist. Now I have time to create something with my friends."

What advice would you give to up and coming artists?

"Trust your intuition."

So, what plans or projects do you have for the future?

"In the near future I’m going to rest for a while somewhere, in a wild place among nature. Because of work I have neglected my private life. I cannot devote myself entirely to this madness. Then I want to travel some more, but I’m not planning anything more because next year, the world ends!"


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31-011 Kraków

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Text: James Marks; Photography: Deadi


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