Joao Bosco has been tattooing for over 10 years; currently working between London and Los Angeles, he has a distinctive style inspired by fantasy art. His book, “Genesis” is an exquisite collection of drawings, studies, sketches and paintings.
Skulls, dragons, snakes, sinister creatures, maidens and representations of death are the recurring subjects in the book, which the artist offers as a way to revisit and memorialize the old fantasy style. Jasmine Rollason, for the London Tattoo Convention, caught up with him a while ago to discuss his influences and inspirations. Here is the short interview:
Jasmine: What inspires your tattooing?
Joao: My influences have come from pretty much everywhere throughout the 11 years I’ve been tattooing. But lately I’ve been looking at illustrations outside of tattooing, like fantasy, comic and dark art from random and some anonymous artists. But obviously, tattoos are still a big influence in my life.
Jasmine: How would you describe your style and what is your favourite subject matter to tattoo?
Joao: I call my style fantasy, only because I can’t really find a name for it. I’m still searching for it. I like to do any style that I can put my twist on. Even tribal, as long it’s something I can play with.
Jasmine: Which artists have influenced you?
Joao: In the tattoo world: Filip Leu, Mauricio Teodoro and Greg Irons. Outside of tattooing: Frank Frazetta.
Jasmine: Can you tell us a little about your new book, “Genesis”?
Joao: The Genesis book is one of the biggest achievements in my career so far, brought to life by Miki Vialetto and Tattoo Life publications. It’s an amazing, well-edited, well-assembled and well-presented book. Miki is simply a visionary.
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