Jondix is a historic tattoo artist who has his own personal take on the Ornamental style.
Drawing inspiration from the symbols of ancient oriental cultures and traditions, he has managed to create tattoos which are unique, timeless pieces which are unmistakably his, subjects which he himself describes as “surreal, influenced by dark and maybe esoteric meanings”. In this short interview, we talk with him about his creations and his new eBook: 2020-1. SHOP NOW >>
Hi Jondix, would you like to introduce yourself to our readers?
I’m a tattooist who aims to learn every day and become maybe an artist or even an illustrator one day… but I’m still an apprentice in the circle of my favourite creators.
I was born in the 70s in Barcelona, so I grew up surrounded by the greatest artists while they still were alive. Dali, Moebius, Giger, Venosa, Fuchs, Axel… I am so happy to have lived through that time in history and I guess I can’t escape the spell of having seen their magic art at the right time.
When did you start tattooing and how would you define your style?
I started almost 20 years ago doing small symbols and dotwork but I evolved to doing more advanced mixes of Tibetan, Thai influenced designs… you can call it progressive, I guess. Lately I have done more than 70 backpieces and frontpieces of skulls, Kalis, etc., but I also do this strange alien calligraphy that comes from my imagination. Really my style is not a style. As I said, I learn something new every day.
Has it changed over time?
Yes I started doing more Buddhist stuff and a lot of geometrics, but there were only five of us in the world doing it and it was very unique and challenging. Some years later hundreds of tattooists discovered and used all the secrets and references and it basically started to get rather boring. I guess my mind is looking for something new all the time. Just by working at Seven Doors Tattoo in London with all these great people makes me change the way I design stuff. The surroundings are always important and there’s no getting away from that.
Is it important for you to also paint and draw besides tattooing?
I draw and paint as much as I tattoo. I do a lot of illustrations for rock bands and everything is part of life. Tattooing is not a fashion, it goes parallel to living for me.
What are your favourite subjects and techniques?
Surreal subjects influenced by dark and maybe esoteric meanings… authentic stuff from my personal life experience, I would say. Also from my dreams, from other kinds of reality you know.
Where did the idea of this digital eBook come from?
I always want to do different things! When Miki asked me to collaborate with an ebook I had already started those sci-fi illustrations and thought that it would be a good idea to work on it till I had produced a decent body of work.
What are your plans for the future?
Next year my book about my abstract-surreal paintings will come out and there will also be some more exhibitions from Astralmind (myself and David DAndrea). Then there will be another Calvarium show at Seven Doors. To be honest, it’s a very long list.