French tattoo artist Lionel Fahy - a graduated of the Orleans Institute of Fine Arts, creates his own illustrative works more than 20 years, which makes him one of the leaders of the "French avant-garde-tattoo".
His clients are travelers from all over the world who appreciate the unique and innovative style of Lionel, which does not match to any of the classical tattoo directions. His handwriting is recognizable and minimalistic.
Lionel is co-founder of the Parisian tattoo studio Les Derniers Trappeurs (LDT). And in his travels around the world, he shares his time between painting and tattooing.
Recently, we told you about the book by Hannah Graves & Gestalten - «Forever More - The New Tattoo», which collected under its cover talented and non-standard contemporary tattoo artists, one of which is Lionel Fahy.
And we asked several questions to this talented artist about his artworks in the minimalistic style, as well as those emotions that encourage him to create them from day to day.
«I’m into this kind of work because I do that for 20 years and I love to express feelings with not too many informations. Less is more and harder to do as you can not hide any mistake in your line process. The conception of a tattoo design is intimate in and of itself, a process of osmosis between the people involved. The basis is trust! It is a relationship that will (probably) cease to exist once the tattoo is finished. The most important thing is the feeling of a great bond between the person and me. What I mean is, now, I’ve got people who are coming from the four corners of the earth. The day of the appointment, I need to be receptive, ready to understand what the person wants, to be able to draw and make the tattoo in the same day. A real challenge! Spontaneity is difficult to work on, as artwork usually needs time! That’s why it's extremely important to draw every day, to search for new ideas, and to make breaks to catch your breath…»