Today we introduce you to Pandido and Side, the heart and soul of People Temple Tattoo in Lyon, France. Let’s discover their styles, Pandido’s based on Pre-Columbian and Aztec iconography, and Side’s based on old engravings and artists such as Gustave Doré, Albrecht Dürer and Hans Holbein… Enjoy the read!
When did you open up Peoples Temple?
Pandido: I opened this shop in September 2018 and Side came to work with me two months later. The name of the shop is something that expresses the idea that tattoos are not for one kind of people.
I like to see tattoo as something that brings different kinds of people together.
Side: Pandido opened the shop in September 2018 if I remember right, and I came here in November.
What is your background and when did you start tattooing?
Pandido: I started tattooing 8 years ago. Before that I was a graphic designer for a couple of years. I learned tattooing at Artibal, a cool street shop in Lyon where I worked for 3 years. Then I opened a private shop with my friend Todd Tattooer and we ran it together for another 3 years.
Side: Maybe he chose this name as if people came to get tattooed at our place like they were going to pray in a temple, with fervour!
Tell me more about your style: how would you define it and what are your artistic references?
Pandido: My style is based on Pre-Columbian and Aztec iconography. I spent time in Mexico and fell in love with this culture. So I use Aztec graphic codes and play with it to create my drawings.
Side: I would define my style as engraving. It is a style which has been in use in tattoo for decades as we can see in the work of Guy, Maud Dardeau, Thomas Boulard and many others. I try to bring my personal touch to it. In terms of artistic reference, I look at a lot of old engravings by artists such as Gustave Doré, Albrecht Dürer or Hans Holbein; as regards tattoo, I admire the approach of artists like Padidet, Snail_trail, AlixeCooper, Burpi_brebzy, mishla, and many others.
What are your favourite subjects?
Pandido: Toucans and skeletons!
Side: Hands and skull or dead things!
What can you tell us about your city, Lyon?
Pandido: It’s a real chill city. Good food, good vibes, I really enjoy it and have no plans to move. The tattoo scene here has been really awesome for may years. There are plenty of really skilled tattoo artists and beautiful tattoo shops. It’s one of the best scenes in France for sure.
Side: I love Lyon, It’s a great cross between a big city and a beautiful village, calm and full of life, culture, concerts, historic places and churches. And you eat fuckin’ well and I love that (laughs), I think we’ve got a really good tattoo scene, lots of tattoo artist in each style, and the tattooist are really cool, you can find streets with 3-4 tattoo shops and see them drinking beer together after hours.
There is no war, just friendship as far as our great love, tattoo, is concerned, and it’s beautiful.
How would you describe your typical day in your tattoo shop?
Pandido: Ok so, generally I go to the golf range in the morning, come by the shop before noon, work on drawings and go have a nice French lunch. I take care of my customers during the afternoon. We are a private shop so we don’t have definite opening hours. It depends on the day: we can work a couple hours or stay tattooing till late at night.
Side: I come in at 9:30, draw until 12:30, eat something and start tattooing from1pm until 7pm, and after a couple of beers with friends go back home to start over the next day. Sometimes I need to draw at night for the big projects,
What are your hobbies and what do you do, besides tattooing?
Pandido: Golfing a lot and playing guitar in a garage band called Pattaya Girls.
Side: At this time, I don’t have a lot of time for anything apart from tattoo and drawing.
But I like simple things: friends, restaurants, concerts, parties, what I guess is pretty much the urban lifestyle of everybody.
What are your future plans?
Pandido: To keep tattooing day by day with no plans for the future 🙂 Start travelling again as soon as we are allowed to. I miss going tattooing to the USA.
Side: For now, work, work, work, I want to learn more, perfect what I’m doing and make it evolve, meet tattoo artists and travel a lot for that. And make stickers (laughs).
Is there anything you want to add before we wind up?
Pandido: Stay safe out there and please don’t mess up with the tattoo aftercare instructions!
Side: Hey mom, look! I’ve done an interview in English! Goodbye 🙂