Maiva, Montreal

Posted Tuesday August 18th, 2015


Name/ nickname Maïva

Where do you live ? I live in Nantes, France

Your job? I am a graphic designer / Independent A. D.

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Why do you have tattoos ? The first time which I was tattooed, it was 18 years ago! I was attracted for a long time by the tattoo, I thought of it more and more. I wanted to mark the end of period, my mother offered it to me for my 18 years and my tub(ferry,high school diploma).

How do you choose the design of your tattoos ? I wanted something simple, discreet (in the back) and with a particular meaning for me, even if the motive in itself has nothing original. I chose a Chinese ideogram. (That I moreover forgot to show you!)

What is your interest in tattoos ? I like the permanent and symbolic side of the gesture even if more time goes by and more the artistic sense overrides the symbolism. It is something very personal that you can pass on through the art. I always found that beautiful, there are so many artists who make magnificent things. I also like the creative side, the reflection on the choice of the motive, the sharing with the tattooer.

What or who is your artistic inspiration ? For the moment, India with a small dose of manga and the old school.

Who is/ are the Tattooist(s) who have stung you ? Fred (Neotattoo, Couéron), Junior (Guicho tatouages, la Rochelle), Doberman (Turbo Zéro, Nantes), and another one I forgot the name (Body electric, Los Angeles)

What is the story of your tattoos (numbers, place, … ) ? I have 6, one is covered still matters for me, moreover I left a quite small end. My tattoos in the arm and in the leg are all winks of eye in my origins. Ganesh, tiger, lotus, Sanskrit… At the top of the back, I have my angels’ wings which protect me…

When did you start ? 18 yo

What was the reaction of your friends and family ? Very positive most of the time.

Your next tattoo ? Newt week, I’m so excited

What would be your definition of the tattoo ? Creativity and peculiarity.

When you will be an old man/ old woman ? I shall be an old lady tattooed of everywhere!

your favorite artist ? Difficult, there is a lot, the first one who occurs is Naoki Urasawa (20th Century Boys, Pluto), it is the mangas which most affected me, I adore its universe and its graphic style. In another kind, the designers of the collective La Boca, I am a fan.

Maiva, Montreal

Posted Tuesday August 18th, 2015