Mink

Artist: MINK / Interview by SFINX.

We are honored & thankful, Mink, for the collaboration with the SFINX.
That means a lot & makes us happy, that we share the same vision, to spread Art & Cvlture to the whole world. Express yourself & let the people know you & your art.

Interview:

1. State your name for the record. Introduce yourself.
My name is Melina Lareti (MINK), I am a Greek Swedish Tattoo artist, Graphic Designer and Illustrator, living in Athens, Greece. I have been a professional artist for the last 6 years.

2. When did you realize you wanted to become a tattoo artist, and which was the main reason force behind the choice?
I grew up In an artistic family and art has been a part of my life since I was born! My father was a professional painter and my mother was a graphic designer. In the last part of my fathers  life he worked as a tattoo artist, during that period of my life I was studying Fine Arts in Sweden and I was looking forward to end my studies so that my father could learn me how to make tattoos. When I returned to Greece after my studies, my father passed away and I promised myself to learn how to become a tattoo artist.

3. Which tattoo artist(s) do you admire?
I admire Ryan Ashley Malarkey (Tattoo Artist)

4. Do you have a formal art background?
I have studied Fine Arts & Technology in Sweden, Graphic Design at AKTO in Athens ,(Greece) and I have also taken Tattoo lessons at a private school in Athens (My teacher was Rea Pediaditaki owner of Scripta Manent Tattoo Studio).

5. How would you describe your personal style?
My style is geometric, black work and dot work art, but I love black and grey realistic tattoos.

6. What are your favorite artworks to create and how you approach designing a custom piece?
My favorite art work is to transform images of Ancient Greek statues into modern art.

7. How do you see your style evolving?
My style is striving towards innovating designs, I wish my tattoos to become realistic piece of art.

8. Do you find your work attracts a specific type of clientele?
Yes, my work attracts ladies that loves geometric, minimal designs.

9. In three words, what is art to you?
Like Pablo Picasso said “I begin with an Idea and then it becomes something else”, so for me art is freedom, emotion and inspiration.

10. Do you have any tattoos?
I have lots of tattoos.

- Which tattoo was your first and which one is your latest?
My first tattoo was made when I was 15 years old without my parents knowledge nor approval. It was a sentence in the     back of my neck.

- Which tattoo do you cherish the most? Which style do you like best?
My latest tattoo is a calligraphy lettering that says “LOVE” on my lower arm.  The tattoo I like most is a geometric flower tattoo on my lower arm, I love the geometric style with dot work!

- Do you have any regrets about your tattoos? If so, why?
I have regretted my first tattoo, which decision was taken by a “revolting teenager...


11. Is there a specific culture or philosophy which fuels your inspiration?  
I get my inspiration from the Ancient Greek history and Mythology, I love the idea of the 12 Greek gods. I am also inspired by the Scandinavian Mythology, where my favorite goddess is Freja the goddess of fertility and love.

12. Do you incorporate any elements of ancient Greek art to your work?
Yes, see above.

13. Do you have any works that are influenced by ancient Greek philosophy or myths?
Yes, you will see my inspiration through my T-Shirt designs.

14. Aside from ancient Greek art, what is the most prevalent ancient culture in your work?
See answer in question (11.)

15. In three words, what is art to you? How would you define art?
Art for me is Elysian ( beautiful, creative- divinely inspiration and peace)

16. On what level do you feel art influences people?
Artists have influenced and inspired people in various ways, what kind of emotions the art is leaving depends on the viewer.

17. Anything else you like to mention?
George (Founder of sfinx.gr) I wish you only success and I am looking forward to create some good “Goddess” stuff for your business!

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