Masters Of Ink: Capturing The Modern Femme Fatale With Johnny Gloom's Blackwork Tattoos

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Don’t mistake Johnny Gloom for a male tattoo artist, this dark French lady truly hates it. Her blackwork tattoos are even stating it loud and clear: it’s so good to be a femme fatale... She declares:

"I don't like fake and anaemic beauties. I mean everybody is beautiful, but what I like is women with bloody hands, souls of crimes, full of dreams and rage, breathing passion…"

And for sure, Johnny knows a lot about passion, which she especially expresses through tattoo art.

Her passion is also synonymous with bravery and freedom. A former student of Communication and Advertising, Gloom decided to keep her imagination and creativity away from this consumer society that especially manipulates artists and women:

"I was uncomfortable with making people buy unnecessary shit that they don't even need and playing a role in this industry of subterfuges. I just wanted to do my own thing and make people happy."

As you can see, she is a strong character and her tattoos perfectly reflect her intense personality. Dark and bold, Gloom's creations display powerful feminity and troubling eroticism. Yet, her work is all about suggestion, rather than pornography. The artist loves playing with our senses. She tells Konbini:

"If I were a guy, I would draw things in a total different way. In my opinion, it’s sexier to suggest than to show everything. We are so overexposed to sexuality that it ends up being boring. I find someone much more sexy with a bit of modesty."

Sex and love: pleasure is a central element in the work of the Paris-based artist, but so is pain: "It’s only in suffering that we can attain our greatness, so I find a sacred nature in the disorder of my mind. Call it a sort of masochism of creation."

Artists' minds are, of course, a maelstrom of emotions, coming both for their life and the observation of others. Johnny agrees that her art is genuinely personal and even a bit selfish, but at the same time, she tells :

"How can I be an artist without being the reflection of my own generation? I mean, before being reduced to a gender, a nationality, a movement, a style, we are all humans and we have common emotions.

We live out experiences that make us feel love, pain, violence, hate... And these human emotions are what interest me the most: I hope people can find themself in my work."

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Writer for tattoo and art related medias, as well as author of crime novels. I live in Paris.