Q&A with Arno and Jasper
Arno van Putte and Jasper de Jonge from Sinsin tattoo, are showing their flash sheets, screen prints and much more at GLTCH. With their first ever duo exhibition they give us a peek into their inked up world. GLTCH sat down with them to see what makes these two tick.
You both have very different styles, what made you specialise in them?
A: I prefer fine lines, black'n'grey with lots of contrast and style wise it's more in the direction of illustration. Also, I love doing American Traditional, that typically has bold lines and bright colours. I usually choose ''dark'' themes, skulls, daggers and horror, but also adore the 80s style, Pin Ups with luscious hair, tigers in attack mode, roses etc.
J: I'm a big fan of bold lines and bright colours, funky designs based on the traditional American. Which typically incorporates eagles, panthers, roses etc.
---------- There is one piece of work at the exhibition that you both worked on and combined your distinct styles. Did this collaboration ever happen on a real person?
A: We've put tattoos on the same person but never together or at the same time. We both have our own customers but also shop customers that come for our distinctive styles.
J: Some people like the combination of fine and bold lines in one design. The big artwork hanging at GLTCH we did together and it was for us the first time we jointly worked on one piece.
If you had to remove all of your tattoos but one, which one would it be?
A: My family crest/ring on my pinky finger. My father passed away 18 months ago and the only souvenir I still have is the family ring. The real ring is quite big and very showy so I like the tattoo alternative. It gives me the idea that I always have it with me.
J: A heart with the letter A in it, This was placed on me while sailing on the open sea towards India. This will forever be a special memory to me.
Which artists inspire you in your field of work?
A: Too many to mention but ... Jack Rudy, Bob Roberts, Ed Roth (designer of rat fink), Freddy Corbin, are all pioneers in the art of tattoo. Theme-wise I like the style of Jack Rudy and that’s close to what I’m doing. Bob Roberts in terms of funkiness and his influence on modern tattooing, for lack of a better word.
J: Bob Roberts for me as well, Sailor Jerry (everyone is indebted), Capt. Coleman and Ed Hardy, etc. In my opinion, there are too many good tattooers/artists throughout tattoo history to all sum up.
Do you look at your work
differently in the gallery than in a tattoo parlour?
A: In a gallery, the focus is on your work and is not disappearing in the crowd. It is nice to see the work outside its usual context. In a gallery (like posters) it loses its original function but is raised to something more like a possible tattoo design.