TrueArtists Spotlight: Frenky
Located in Augsburg Germany, Frenky has captivated the attention of many in the tattoo community. Through the use of rich, vibrant colors and solid shading in black work, it’s no wonder that he is an award winning tattoo artist.
I count myself lucky to have been able to dig a little bit deeper into Frenky’s mind to see exactly what makes him tick and why it is that he knew that tattooing was his passion and calling in life.
In the primary school I was drawing a lot, when I just had time. And ones my friend has a mind-blowing idea. Let’s do a tattoo machine. That was the first time when I met tattooing. I was about 13 years old.
Lots of years later I was a pizza runner, I was delivering a pizza to one of my old schoolmate’s, who was a tattooist in that time.
He showed me the main things, what to do, and how to do it. Next day I ordered a machine from the internet, and now I am who I am.
What is your favorite tattoo style and why?
My favourite styles are portraits, photorealistic and surrealistic, and all the styles what has contacted to these. I can’t really
pick one of them as a favourite.
Who has been your biggest inspiration during your career as a tattoo artist?
Yet again I could mention a few names; Bob Tyrrel, Mike Devries, Andy Engel, Den Yakovlev, Csaba Müllner & Boris.
You’ve been given the perfect canvas, they say you can tattoo anything, what would it be?
It depends on the occasion. And on what is in my mind.
If you had to choose one piece of tattoo equipment as your favorite, which would it be and why?
I can say it is the Ink Booster crème, because it is moisturizing and cooling the skin, and the colors look livelier.
Did you always want to get into the tattoo industry?
As I mentioned before, I am still not an expert, but I am on it to get more credit.
In your career as a tattoo artist, have you found a favorite client? How about your worst client?
Yes I do have favourite clients, who love the tattoos as much as I do, and we are a big colorful family. I don’t want to speak about the worst; I am still not over it
Do you have any pet peeves when it comes to tattooing?
This is a question. “Can we make it smaller?”:)
What’s your best experience as a tattoo artist?
My best experience was not long ago. A client was traveling hundreds of kilometers because of me and I get total freehand from him.
He just said ‘ surprise me’. I think this is the sign of ultimate trust.
If you were a color, what would you be, and why?
Good question have not thought about this.
What type of tattoo machine is your favorite and why?
Nowadays I use the Spectra Edge X machine, because it is really simple and compact.
It is really good liner, and it is lovely for shading.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years within the tattoo community?
I hope my name will be mentioned with the biggest ones. We will see what will happen in the future. I will do my best as always.
How did you know that art was your calling?
First it was just a hobby, but after the lot of positive feedback, I was starting to learn more and for today it is my profession.
What’s your favorite ink brand?
In color is the Eternal Ink, in black the Silverback ink.
Where do your trace your artistic roots back to?
I think my talent comes from my grandparents. My granddad was architect. My grandmother and great grandmother was painting a lot. I hope they are from above