Steve Morante do not need any presentations: he is an amazing tattoo artist, a master of Oriental style, and owner of Fudoshin Tattoos (London). We are proud to show you his beautiful new eBook of flash and sketches, done for Tattoo Life. Read our short interview and discover more!
Hi Steve, would you like to introduce yourself to our readers?
My name is Steve Morante and I own Fudoshin Tattoos in South Woodford, London.
When did you start tattooing and how would you define your style?
I started my apprenticeship in my late teens which lasted roughly 3 years and I have never looked back. I would say my style to be Japanese and black and grey realism. I love black and grey because I’ve drawn realism as a kid but I also have a love for Japanese art and culture ever since I can remember. Whenever I paint nowadays, it’s usually Japanese related. But I would say I tattoo as much black and grey as I do Japanese.
Did it change over time?
Yeah, I think my style has changed dramatically but more in the understanding of tattoos and how it lasts in the skin, i.e. bolder Japanese and going darker with my black and grey, to give my tattoos longevity. And obviously you get better with time, you have too, otherwise you might as well call it a day.
Is it important for you to also paint and draw, beside of tattooing?
Yes, without a doubt. I draw every day without fail whether its painting, drawing, carving or even on the ipad, there’s a time and a place for all. I really believe you need to draw for yourself as well as your client, to keep things fresh.
If you draw every day, it makes your life a lot easier and in the situation of your client changing their mind at the last minute, you’re able to adapt quickly enough and make changes.
What are your favourite subjects and techniques?
I’d say my favorite subject would be Japanese mythology and folklore. I love drawing my version of ghosts and fallen warriors. The thing with Japanese folklore, it is never ending and you can put your spin on anything. With art it is up to you to express how you believe it to be. Old masters don’t want you to copy what they’ve done, but its definitely good to read and research get as much reference from history as you can.
Where did the idea of this eBook come from?
As I say I only really draw or paint Japanese. I like to show you can think out of the box just a little, and enjoy what you do, put your own twist on the stories you know.
What are your projects for the future?
At the moment I’m finishing a set of 9 dragon paintings and I’m also working on a book idea I have, of a hundred samurai horror scenes that I’m really enjoying the process of. And I hope to do more ebooks together!