My clients also gave me a lot of inspiration coming to me with their ideas. My signature lion design, for instance, was from one client who said that she’d seen my line work and that she really wanted a tattoo of the animal in my style – because lions were always so realistic, dark, and not feminine. I said okay let’s give it a try. Six years ago, I think my lion went so viral because it was one of the first that looks totally different to what everyone else was doing.
My other inspirations would be architecture and interior design – I like minimalism and light. When we opened our VADERS.DYE studios, I really wanted to create something brand new. When I was leaving behind my old job, I couldn’t find any nice shops. So, I decided to open my own in Hamburg city centre, which is not where most people would have a tattoo shop because it’s a main shopping area. It was great because all the girls I tattooed there – young women and mummies – felt super comfortable in my new space because of where it was in the city. I always try to do my own thing, something different.