Masters Of Ink: Geek Out Over Uve's Bloody Red Pop Culture Tattoos

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In our contemporary world, the boundaries between art and pop culture have been abolished. Both are nourishing each other to grant artists a wider creativity. Uve is one of those artists creating bridges between two artistic disciplines.

A tattoo artist for 8 years, Uve first comes from the world of comic and cartoons. He is practicing art at Ondo Tattoo in Barcelona, Spain. Uve tells Konbini states:

"I like to experiment and to avoid conventions. I don’t think I have an artistic direction. Or maybe, yes? I do not know... Tomorrow, maybe, I would think differently!"

The style of Uve is mirroring his laid-back approach to art. His tattoos immediately catch the eye with their bright, bloody red and generous strokes of black color.

According to Uve, he discovered this aesthetic after trying to minimize his drawings to only the most necessary elements. "It was a question of reductionism," he says, "I started to remove things and the drawing was still working. Removing colors, details and lines then, boom! That came out. Also, I like when it’s weird AF…"

Of course, his biggest influences are coming from his personal culture and passion for comics and illustration. Uve quotes Tartakovsky, Bruce Timm, Hideshi Hino, Will Sweeney and classics like Jack Kirby as his role models. His tattoos are also tributes to popular cartoons such as Rick and Morty, BoJack Horseman and Adventure Time.

"The thing I like the most when tattooing is to have a conversation about comics and science fiction films with my client. Definitely!"

Uve says he is really happy about the relationship that exists between pop culture and tattoo art. However, he points out certain differences between the two: "Tattoo is ephemeral and fleeting. We are borrowing from pop culture but can't be pop culture, because the true nature of tattoo is to be perishable, while pop culture is persistent."

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