What lies behind the choice of an image? And how is it defined and created by the artist?

This is one aspect that always piques our curiosity when we are leafing through a volume which is a collection of artistic images, drawings and visual elements which reflect the identity of an artist. Only the artist in question is aware of the entire process and where the idea came from in the first place, and only he can tell us about it and give us a true insight into the underlying creative process.

Here at Tattoo Life we have decided to let you in on what is behind some of the images in our Best Seller 10 Years of Grindesign. The Art of Robert Borbas, taking you backstage so you can hear from Robert himself about the origin of some of the pieces which have caught your eye among the over 300 which make up the book. Starting, naturally enough, with the cover, where the choice of image is always conditioned by so many important factors.

Let’s start here and open up a talk with Robert where you are all welcome to take part. Do you want to know something about an image that particularly struck you? Write to us…. Let the Talk begin!

Borabs, cover

“When I finished the selection of all the works in the book I started to panic about what cover I should choose for this release. I had this illustration laying around which was a personal piece and wanted to make a t-shirt release out of it.

Borabs, cover

I really liked this piece since it was some sort of “ars poetica” for me. I did not want to use an illustration which is super busy but to include a piece which is elegant, speaks to the reader, and a piece where I used some characteristic elements I use in my works.

Borabs, cover

I love doing personal pieces because they are loose, it’s an absolute summary of my work. I think it was a good decision to go with this artwork as the cover, since it reflects me, but also makes you curious about what is inside the book without revealing way too much.”

Borabs, cover