There are many cinematographic references in the brilliant works of this artist who hails from Charleroi but S.Pion is always looking for new challenges.

Your real name is Jean-Philippe Michot. So I would like to know why in the world of tattoo art everyone knows you as S. Pion…
Well, S.Pion was my blaze in the world of graffiti. I found my blaze when I was a teenager and it’s stuck to the present day.

S.Pion Tattoo, 102 Tattoo Studio, Charleroi, Belgium
S.Pion Tattoo, 102 Tattoo Studio, Charleroi, Belgium

You are a master of Realistic tattoo and movie subjects are very prevalent among your works. What do you have to say about that?
Yeah, I try to give my very best and – beyond that – I’m aware that I still have a lot to learn in this business.

S.Pion Tattoo, 102 Tattoo Studio, Charleroi, Belgium
S.Pion Tattoo, 102 Tattoo Studio, Charleroi, Belgium

Would it be true to say that you are highly intrigued by a certain female anatomical detail in your portrait tattoos?
Yes, to be honest with you female lips have always really intrigued me! (laughs)

S.Pion Tattoo, 102 Tattoo Studio, Charleroi, Belgium
S.Pion Tattoo, 102 Tattoo Studio, Charleroi, Belgium

Is there any artistic challenge that would make you abandon Black ‘n’ Grey to switch to colour?
Yes, of course! I like challenges but, personally, I prefer to work in the Black ‘n’ Grey style. Colour in my pieces? Maybe it might work for the future…

S.Pion Tattoo, 102 Tattoo Studio, Charleroi, Belgium
S.Pion Tattoo, 102 Tattoo Studio, Charleroi, Belgium

Can you tell me something about your place of work, the “102 Tattoo Studio” in Charleroi?
I opened my studio almost 2 years ago when finally I was able to offer good level of tattooing. Right now I’m expanding the team so as to be able to offer different styles.

S.Pion Tattoo, 102 Tattoo Studio, Charleroi, Belgium
S.Pion Tattoo, 102 Tattoo Studio, Charleroi, Belgium

Why “102”?
Oh well, it’s just a nod to my neighbourhood! (smiles)

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