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Playing with geometry, mandalas, industrial forms and organic shapes, Montreal-based tattoo artist and painter Maika Zayagata goes beyond traditional tattoo vocabulary to create unique and engaging tattoos. A few months ago, I got to meet Maika in person, and she has a truly unique and engaging personality as well!
I shot her our Proust Questionnaire, and she shared her thoughts on earthly happiness, good reads and being eaten by sharks, among other secrets.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
To be alive in a body where the eyeballs are the only moving part...but ultimately, human beings killing human beings is a great misery of this world that affects me deeply.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
Peace of the heart and mind...but...on some days, it is simply chocolate...ahaha!
Your most marked characteristic?
Organized...almost too much sometimes.
What is your principle defect?
Your favorite painters?
I do get impressed by paintings...but I don't have ONE favorite painter...when I look at a painting, it has to captivate me somehow, or disturb me...or something in me needs to happen... I did find myself quite impressed with some of the paintings in (17th century) Frederiksborg Castle, when I was in Denmark. I also like dark creepy horror, surrealist art...the collective beinart.org is a site that I (almost) always love what they post...whether it's paintings, sculptures or else.
Your favorite musicians?
That's hard... so much good music out there... so I'll talk about what I last remember...I had a craving for listening to Jimi Hendrix lately and when I did, I remembered how good it is....damn!!!
And on a (very) different note I really like my electronic music, psy-trance and good old D&B... ...And, again...on another much different note.... some Milanku (post-hardcore music band from Montreal) is ALWAYS welcome.
Who are your favorite writers?
I like to read Osho...though he is not technically a writer...but he makes me laugh and smile.
I'm also reading right now:
* The Tibetan book of the living and the dying by Sogyal Rinpoche
* World War Z, an oral history of the Zombie war by Max Brooks
* Intermediate German for Dummies by Wendy Foster...ahaha!!
Your favorite virtue?
Integrity.... to have the ability to be whole and undivided.
Who would you have liked to be?
Someone born where I could have been at the beach surfing everyday of my life.
How would you like to die?
While surfing -- more drowned than eaten by a shark...though they can eat my body all they want after I'm gone...I won't care...hehehe!
What is your present state of mind?
What is your motto?
One day at a time! and : Breath.
See more of Maika's work on her site, Facebook, and Instagram.
For organic-meets-industrial-geometric tattoos, check out the portfolio of Maika Houde, of Tattoos by Maika, in Montreal, Canada.
This self-taught tattooist, who began painting when she was 9 years old thanks to her artist mother, picked up the tattoo machine in 2005, and has since developed a signature style that plays with various forms outside of traditional tattooing. She says of her influences:
I am inspired a lot by abandoned industrial sites in decay, rusted pieces of machinery, destroyed cities landscapes, architectural landscapes and also of course geometry. And I am fascinated with contrast such as organic shapes versus extremely technical geometric pattern, shape or design.I also asked Maika about her tattoo process:
As for my Organic/Industrial Geometry work, I usually work first on paper, of course, after having consulted once with the client. But, to make it fit nicely on the body, I usually draw parts of the design on the clients and build it on them in the first session. [...]
When asked about her particular clientele, Maika explains:
A fascinating thing I have noticed is that a lot of my clientele are engineers, biologists, scientists of some sort, architects, doctors, mathematicians ... they come from the left side of the brain and I've found it an interesting mix: their left side of the brain encounters my right side of the brain! Ha! It feels like it's an opening, a welcome sign, for the left-sided brain people into the world of tattoo. There's a lot more "geeky" & "nerdy" tattoos in the world now, where before there wasn't! I think it's exciting!Maika often does guest spots out of Edmonton, Toronto, Quebec City, and will be expanding her travel into Europe. She'll be working the Frankfurt Convention in 2014, among other shows.
You can find most of Maika's work on her Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram [@Tattoobymaika].
As we wade our way through the floods and debris left by Hurricane Sandy, I want to focus today on the beauty, rather than destructiveness, of nature. The first artist who naturally came to mind, particularly with her floral-form bodysets, is Michele Wortman of Hyperspace Studios in Illinois.
I had a wonderful time interviewing Michele and her husband -- renowned biomechanical artist Guy Aitchison -- for an upcoming issue of Inked magazine. In it, we talked about how their distinctive artist styles developed, some of the controversy behind their approaches, and how one can be a better artist through attitude adjustment.
Here's a taste of that interview where Michele describes her bodysets: ethereal, organic tattoos with a unified look throughout in the large scale projects.
Michele, how did your style develop?More of our interview will be in an Inked "Icon" feature. I'll do a follow-up post when the issue is out. To view more of Michele's work, check her Facebook page as well as the Hyperspace website.