It’s the best feeling when I discover a tattoo artist who is doing something unbelievably creative. Art was designed to think outside of the box and Olivier Poinsignon‘s tattoos do just that, and more.
“I focus on an organic and collaborative design process,” he told Inkluded. “By listening to my clients, I conceptualise stories, emotions and ideas into a one-of-a-kind tattoo. Each piece is unique because it is inspired by the clients themselves.”
Based in Chamalières, France, Olivier’s abstract, dark designs portray the chaotic and unruly nature of art itself. Each piece of work more crazy than the last, he aims to create pieces that are philosophical about tattooing.
“I’m a draftsman before I’m a tattooer,” he continues. “I try to play on graphic ambiguities, to leave it up for interpretation. Tattoos serve to communicate, to entertain, to change what it means to be alive. And, in a way, tattoos also do nothing at all.”
As a reflective blogger, I’m always looking at tattoos with a deep perspective – considering their importance and exploring the meanings they have to their clients. Similarly pensive about tattooing and art, I could listen to Olivier talk about tattoos all day…
“Tattoos are not just a way to tell autobiographies for our own satisfaction. With tattooing, we have the chance to create something much greater than ourselves. We can engage other people in conversation. We can provoke and start controversy. We can inspire ourselves and others with the daily experience of a moving work of art.”
This artist reminds me of an important message. Tattoos are not just physical objects that hold an aesthetic form, they harbour beautiful invisible meanings and philosophies beneath their intricate surfaces. Through tattooists like Olivier, we as writers can bring light to those stories beneath the surface.
Follow Olivier on Instagram for more original artworks.
Words: Beccy Rimmer
Photos: As credited
Categories: Tattoo Artists and Art