No artistic pretensions, just dedication and respect for the craft of tattooing: that’s how Zuno describes himself, a pro who is in love with Old School, and who is less obsessed by perfection than authenticity. You can take a look at his lovely timeless flash in the new eBook he has done for Tattoo Life and read our interview here to get to know him a little better. And if you want to get yourself one of his tattoos, all you have to do is catch up with him in Viareggio…
Hi Zuno, would you like to introduce yourself to our readers?
Hi, I’m Zuno, I’m 37 years old and next year I’ll be celebrating my first twenty years in the trade!
When you first started out, how did you go about developing your own style?
I got into tattooing by chance, but then I was lucky enough to meet Pepe, who opened the first tattoo shop in my town. He was the first person who believed in me and gave me a job. I owe it all to him. Over the years, a lot of things have happened and this led to me openin my own shop in 2016 – Classic Tattoo – here in Viareggio. My style is no more than the result of years of dedication and respect for the traditions of this craft, without any kind of artistic pretensions.
Has it changed much over the years?
Luckily, I think it has changed very little, at least as far as the content is concerned… but I hope it has improved in terms of form! I’m not that bothered about perfection, actually, it often irritates me. I need to get excited and this often happens when I’m up against things which are not objectively speaking beautiful.
How important is it for you to paint and draw apart from tattooing?
Painting and drawing are an integral part of the process, they’re utterly essential. No digital medium will ever give me the same satisfaction as brushes, paper and colours. The smell of our trade is really important: blood, like paint, is a part of the experience.
What are your favourite subjects?
I don’t have any subject I particularly like, I work with the classic repertoire of the 1900s, but I do everything really. It would be such a pain in the ass to have the good fortune to do what you like and then end up always doing the same old thing!
I love this job above all because it gives me the chance to have different experiences, meet new people and visit fabulous places.
And what about your favourite techniques?
Mainly black indian ink, watercolours, acrylics, but basically any material can become interesting and fun to experiment with. For this eBook I pared it down to the bare bones, black ink and that’s it. I don’t think the instrument is so fundamental. I am all about the motivation and the process, never mind the final result.
Where did the idea for this eBook come from?
Like I was saying, I’m no great fan of technology, so I had to compromise in this case, trying to come up with a real catalogue of nostalgia – but for a multimedia format. Same purpose: drawings ready to tattoo, timeless classics like skulls, daggers and snakes. Obviously it’s all hand drawn, reproducing some of the classic icons of Traditional tattoo.
What are your plans for the future?
I’ll be travelling for the next few months, going to some conventions in Italy and abroad: I’ll be off to England and the States. Then I want to try to slow down for a bit and dedicate some time to by two kids and my partner.