SILVIA AKA CLOTO TATTOOS

WE love a good ol colourwork artist here at jackwood so when we came across silvia we knew that she had to feature in jackwood. we went to meet her at morning star tattoo in highbury and got a little insight into the artist that is cloto tattoos.

 

 

So tell us who is Clotto.Tattoos?

am Silvia, originally from a very small town by the sea side called Giulianova (Italy). I am a painter and tattoo artist based in London.

 

When and how did you get into tattooing?

Since so many friends constantly asked me in the past to design their tattoo concepts to bring to their tattooists, I decided to buy my first tattoo machine and try. This happened during my first stay in London in 2012. While I was studying painting and fine arts back in Italy , I took the courage to try the machine out and tattoo a couple of times on myself and on some of my friends. Only when I finished my studies and moved permanently to London I could finally find and start an official tattoo apprenticeship.

 

 

What advice would you give somebody pursuing a career in the industry?

find that drawing and practicing any forms of visual art (drawing, painting, even photography) is very important for anyone that dreams to pursue this amazing career. It is vital that you choose to become a tattoo artist only if you really are passionate about art. Only then will it be possible to overcome difficulties and keep mastering yourself to become a great tattoo artist.

 

Your art is very diverse and vibrant, how would you actually describe your style? 

I don’t know if my style is -a style- or if I can call it in anyway. I am still at the very beginning of my career and I am still searching for my very own “signature” . At the moment I am trying to experiment different styles and take on all the possible challenges to better my technique. I do love for sure working with colours and I am finding it interesting to mix semi-realistic subjects and graphic elements to create a surrealistic feeling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Have you always had this style or has it evolved over time?

 

My “style” continuously changed and evolved since I started drawing. I am not sure if one day I’ll be lucky enough to reach the point where I will be able to say “yes, I found my style”. As I am always very hard on myself, probably not.

 

How is the tattoo industry different here in the UK compared to your native Italy? Is the scene big over there?

I definitely found a much friendlier and more “open” environment in the tattoo industry here in London than in my country, since it was impossible for me to find a tattoo apprenticeship back in Italy. In my country tattoos aren’t as accepted and popular as here in the UK, but I am quiet positive things are slowly changing for the better. The new generations are definitely more into tattoos and this is amazing!

 

Are there any artists or things in everyday life you draw inspiration from?

I remember I saw for the first time in my life Dmytro Samokhin (I still believe he is the best tattoo artist in the world) at my very first tattoo convention.. I was super excited , inspired and shocked by his genius. He was and he is still one of my biggest inspirations. Everyday I get inspired by many other tattoo artists, painters, illustrators and photographers. I find myself inspired by small little things or aspects I extract and analyse from movies, music, books, comic books ,anime.. even nature itself . I do also enjoy going to museums to find inspiration.

 

What’s the hardest thing you have to deal with in the industry?

The most challenging part of this job (but also the most important) in my opinion, definitely comes when I have to “educate” my clients prior to guide them to the best choice in terms of many key points, like the size (which is usually always 3 times bigger than the original idea) , composition, placement etc. for the specific project they want to get by me . And sometimes I find myself forced to turn down a cool project because I can’t connect completely with my client and our visions are too far a part. I think this is a crucial part of our profession. We should always keep true to what we believe in and to our own vision, even if that means to refuse a well payed project. Tattooing isn’t about money, tattooing is about practicing what we believe in. It is about pouring your soul and your beliefs on the piece of art you are creating on a living canvas. I have been lucky enough to meet great artistic personalities in my yet short journey, like my colleague Jairo Carmona, who opened my eyes and pushed me to be myself in every choice I make during the creative and tattooing process. And I think that is the way we all should practice this magic art.


 

 

Do you think people are still stigmatised in society?

Tattoos ,as we all know , today are often and still associated with a negative stigma of rebellion. But I believe this is because tattoos have become more socially acceptable only since the 70s. This is an ongoing process that today is still fighting hard against discriminations towards tattooed people and promoting the acceptance of the “different”.  

 

Would you have a dream commission?

I dream to create huge pieces , full body suits with the complete trust of my client where my tattoos will embrace completely the human body. That would be one of my inspirations.

 

What’s the long term goal?

I dream to dedicate myself completely to art, to paint more and to create unique tattoos...Also to find my style! I’d like to travel more and meet artists and people from all around the world. Thanks to people that support my journey into tattooing and art giving me their trust in my everyday basis, I am already living a big part of my long term dream.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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