Domenico fell in love with the Japanese style in its purest form after a trip which changed him forever. He loves all the themes of this tradition but has a particular penchant for more unusual and “lesser known” subjects. Thanks to his love of drawing as well as tattoo he has produced a fascinating eBook for Tattoo Life…
Hi Domenico, would you like to introduce yourself to our readers?
Hi there everyone, I’m Domenico Marini, known professionally as Horidome, founder of Sorry Mama Tattoo studio in Pomezia (Rome).
When did you start tattooing and how did you go about developing your style?
I began tattooing in 2001, once I had finished my studies. After learning various styles, especially American Old School, I became increasingly fascinated by Japanese tattoo in its most traditional form.
This interest led me to Japan, driven by the desire to get tattooed, meet the great masters and learn the secrets of this style.
So it has evolved and changed over time?
Yes, as I was telling you, at the outset I was into many different styles: American Traditional, Biomech, Black and Grey… Today almost all my work is Japanese.
How important is it for you to paint and draw as well as tattooing?
Drawing and painting are fundamental. I draw practically every day and I often paint, either on paper or Pad – but I use other media too. I feel that painting is important in the study of tattoo.
What are your favourite subjects?
Japanese is a style teeming with subjects, most of them unknown to the general public. Some of my favourite subjects include dragons and snakes, but also the divinities and heroes of Suikoden. Generally speaking, there isn’t anything I wouldn’t do, especially if a more clued in client asks me for unusual subjects.
And what about your favourite techniques?
Obviously I work a lot using a tattoo machine, but tebori, the traditional Japanese technique, is something I really like to do. Lately I have been doing a lot more of it and I also suggest it to clients who don’t know this technique and haven’t asked for it specifically. I am convinced that for anyone who loves this style it is a really intense experience.
Where did the idea for your eBook for Tattoo Life come from?
As I already mentioned, I draw a lot… I have managed to accumulate a lot of material over time.
What are your plans for the future?
First and foremost I just can’t wait to be able to travel again, I would like to work in Asia – especially Taiwan and Japan – and I hope to be able to host guest artists from Japan and get back to doing some conventions.