While reading the wonderful Things & Ink blog, I came across the latest work of Delaine "Neo" Gilma of Stichfreudig Tattoo Studio in Zurich, Switzerland. Tattooing since 2000, Neo's portfolio is heavily influenced by geometry, illustration, and also indigenous tattooing, blending the traditional with the modern.
Inked magazine did a Q &A with Neo, and here's a bit from that talk:
How did you get into tattooing?
I was always interested in Polynesian cultures and all those mysterious
shaman and headhunter tattoos, so I designed some for myself and got
them inked in the late 90s. I was studying industrial design during that
time, which became pretty technically and economically orientated, so I
needed something rude and archaic to bring me back to where I started,
before I found myself designing light bulbs. So I was hanging around
more in the tattoo studio of a good friend than at the university. One
day Alex (who also did my first tattoos) asked me if I wanted to become
his apprentice. It seemed obvious that industrial design wouldn't be my
way for the future, so I quit and did tattoos.
How do you describe your style? Geometric pattern orientated sci-fi graffiti style flavored with a heartwarming drop of comic characters and occult symbolism.
What inspires you as an artist?
I've been asked this one lots of times, and mostly I lose myself in
listing up things of interest in my perception, like natural
rock-structures, op art, ancient aliens or quantum physics (I like
things that sound scientific). But in the end I guess it's the same for
all artists; it's just an open eye and mind for everything. I mean,
inspiration comes from things you like, things that impress you, things
that frighten you, from whatever leaves an imprint in your soul so you
want to explain it with your brain or enjoy it with your heart and
that's why I do the things I do.
What has been one of the strangest tattoos you've ever done?
A pretty strange but very cool one was an ant-trail from the toe over
the back to the palm of the hand. The ants were carrying lots of wicked
things over that girl's body. Most people would think doing a straight
line across the body is strange, but for me writing your own name or
doing a fairy on a flower is far more strange.