Discovering the life and art of Sorin Cacio, Romanian tattooer and owner of a celebrated shop in Cambridge where the concept of taboo does not exist.
Welcome Sorin, would you like to introduce yourself to our readers and tell us more about your career as a tattoo artist?
For me it was always fun to draw and paint. Even when my friends used to play football I would rather draw characters on the sidewalk with white chalk stolen from school. Forced to leave my country (I was born in Romania) I went looking for an opportunity to have a decent life in different countries, but in the early days most of my jobs were in the security field, night clubs, bouncer, personal bodyguard. But all the same my love for painting and drawing never ceased to exist…
When did tattoo art first appear in your life?
While I was in Spain I worked as security at a prostitute club and this job doesn’t come without problems or fighting most of the time… I was 35 then when I decided that I had to stop doing that and have a clean fresh start. That was the very first moment when I began to learn as much as I could about tattooing. My first clients were the prostitutes I used to work for, of course! (laughs) Then friends, and later on, family. It took me two long years to decide that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. From that point on I was tattooing in Romania and Ireland for few years before coming to the United Kingdom.
You won the award for Best Realism in 2016 at the Tattoo Jam convention in Doncaster. Who did you portray on that occasion?
I remember well. The Tattoo Jam in Doncaster 2016 was the second tattoo convention I’d attended. I was just a newby no one cared about, but still managed to win the award and that gave me more confidence in what I was doing. I did a Black ‘n’ Grey Realistic portrait of a Native American girl on a friend of mine. You know – it’s about the free soul, going back to human roots, purification, the deep connection between us and nature. Creating a balance long forgotten about the purity and complexity of our uncorrupted soul.
How would you define your style and what are your favourite subjects?
Like most tattoo artists, I started with simple Black ‘n’ Grey designs, making my way up, building more confidence in colour Realism. I’ve been always intrigued about how to use and show my feelings in art: my curiosity about life and its intricate mysteries. In my latest work I have tried to strive towards an understanding of myself, my surroundings and my own limits. As art is something you never stop learning, being creative is very hard and demanding.
What’s your goal?
My intention is to reveal something more challenging, manage to visualize details of what’s inside of us and unseen, our many instincts, desires, sexuality, unconscious emotions and lot of symbols that come together in my artwork. I love to add to my designs complex details of my subjective inner way of seeing what is hidden for so many people.
Can you describe what “Fidelio & Art” represents for you?
“Fidelio & Art” is a concept brought to life by me and my partner, who is also my manager and main source of inspiration. This tattoo studio is about stepping into a different universe. An open door to a taboo society and a world where there are no limits. A real mirror to your soul! “Fidelio & Art” is daring to be different, bold and honest with yourself and everybody else.
Can you tell me about your next projects for 2020?
Our next project will be to interact more and show more intricate designs with hidden layers. Focusing more on quality and finding a niche to create my own style using human beauty and adding a couture touch to my tattoos. Since the origins human kind has accented and expressed beauty through jewellery and fine complex accessories. I too like to define this connection in my tattoo designs. I want to describe my artwork as a sort of haute-couture.