As many of you know, in July I published the new book “10 years of Grindesign. The Art of Robert Borbas”, which I conceived and produced with Borbas during the lockdown period.
Robert Borbas is a Hungarian tattoo artist who I’ve been following for years; I invited him to London in 2015, and in 2018 he was the Best of Show winner with Victor Portugal. I’ve always kept an eye on him, because I like those “cultured” contaminations of his that emerge from the study, research and personal passions of a good tattooist who isn’t searching for any particular style but is looking for the best way possible to express his or her creativity– or better yet, to express him or herself – on skin.
His taste for dark metal, so akin to mine, and his explosive dark horror imagination that reverberates throughout hundreds of illustrations, as well as t-shirts and album covers for bands, have helped me understand the power of this artist who is a reference point in Europe for fans of this genre – a genre in which he was the first to make such a notable contribution. But they also helped me see the potentialities that a book about him could have. They turned out to be true, and my hopes have all been confirmed by the feedback we got as soon as we launched the “pre-order now”. After Mike Dorsey and his “Untold Stories” linked to the Japanese visual tradition and its contamination with everything pulp in the contemporary scene – which we shared with thousands of you through our channels – we now reveal what lies behind some of his most powerful, sometimes profane and decidedly strong images in which the occult, mysticism, religion and life are so skillfully blended together.
For an editor it’s always risky to publish a new book, especially when some of your past titles have entered into the collective memory of this sector of ours. The pandemic situation has made me reflect on this a lot, and on how your job can change from one moment to the next; the same reflection is shared by all the tattoo artists that you’ll find in this issue: from Yomico Moreno to Matt Curzon to the crew at Black Ship BCN, from Timo Röddeke to Borbas himself. I believe that the last thing we should stop doing is provide space for creativity. No matter what form it manifests in, creativity seems to be able to make its voice heard precisely in this moment; when the chaos around us goes silent, creativity calls out. Whether you’re an artist or a reader, you’ve all demonstrated this to me by supporting so many of my latest editorial projects. And I am demonstrating this to you all, so charged up with energy and ideas in order to offer lifeblood to other people’s dreams.