Interview by Brian Kaneko
Brian Kaneko: So you do all Japanese tattoo art on people, but what others aspects of that culture do you use in tattooing? For example, how your studio is set up, how you interact with clients, etc. Also, what is your approach to a new client who will be starting a large piece with you?
Shad: My studio is a private studio by appointment only. First, the customer contacts me by e-mail, which is the easiest way to get in touch with me. We can talk about the design...
Then we make an appointment for a consultation to see if we can work together or not. The reason why I want to do that is to make sure we understand the meaning of the design, then we can move on or not. If we do, we agree on some design and placement and get a deposit for the project. If not, I suggest they find someone else.
You seem to travel a lot. Is it easier to find clients in other places that are into your style? Do you have many foreign customers that come to your place? Also I want to talk about your painting and other art works...
Yes. I am on the road four months per year. Between Mike Roper’s (Horikumo) studio in Arizona, the Diamond Club in San Francisco for America, Ivan Szazi’s studio in Sao Paulo, some time at Mick Tattoo in Zurich, and in Japan at Tattoo Soul in Ikebukuro and Mindscape Tattoo in Okazaki.
I always try to go to the same studio at the same time of year, and most of the places I go visit are doing mostly Japanese-style as well so sometimes we can work together on the same customer. In Belgium, 65 percent of my customers are from all over the world.
For painting, I love to paint with ink, like the old style suiboku- ga, and I like to do large-scale paintings. I’ve been working for a couple of years now on a dragon exhibition with my friend Mike Roper. We’ll keep you posted when we’re gonna be ready.
P.S. I want to thank everyone who helped me during all these years to get me where I am today.
I feel very fortunate. I will try to do my best. GAMABARIMASU!!!
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