Interview By Gene Coffey
Gene Coffey: There are a lot of people in Europe now that do your style.
Noon: Well, not really my style.
They’re definitely influenced by your style though...
Yes, they’re influenced. There are some people that try to make copies every time. Like Bugs has been copied a lot, or Guy Aitchison has been copied, or Paul Booth and so on. So as soon as it’s on the market, you can get copied. I think when I started tattooing I really liked the work of guys like Guy Aitchison or Bugs or Paul Booth. Even if it’s not my style, I really liked Bugs’ style.
But the way that these people went into their universe and tried to work in their universe making no concession for traditional codes, like Japanese, traditional Americana… I really like the way Bugs had a classical influence on the new generation to go their way, to take up their style. If people are now following the way it’s going in Europe now partly because of me, I’m just really proud of that.
This is also what I want people to do. Go your way, develop your style, there’s a lot to do. I think we’re really only at the beginning of tattooing. We are the beginning. It will change a lot. A lot of artists came into tattooing because it was a moneymaker, but a lot of artists are interested in this art because it can be a way of art.
What kind of art do you like? Who’s influencing you now?
A lot of them. I’m an art eater. I really like all the street art.
I see you go to a lot of museums and galleries.
I have to. Art is food for me. I have to have food every day. Reading a book, seeing it on the Internet… If I go for a walk I have to stop to look at art on a wall. I can stay looking for five minutes to see what’s behind it, what the guy wanted to say, trying to imagine this guy. I like a lot of stuff. I don’t want to make a resumé of this, but a lot of stuff. I like a lot of singular art; that’s my real influence but I’m interested in it all. I think I look more at art than tattoos.
You paint a lot too, right?
Not enough for me. I would like to do more. It’s a question of time. But my tattoos are paintings too. So I don’t need to do this on canvas. Canvas is for doing something else. It doesn’t work on canvas… My tattoos are really meant for the body. It’s not designed for paper.
(Noon is featured in Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #30 and can be reached at his website: http://boucherie-traditionnelle.com.)
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