Sven Rayen is a versatile artist and co-founder of Studio Palermo in Belgium. His tattoo designs are strong and often have an illustrative feel. He can translate almost any image to be built by geometric shapes, even images of animals. But he does way more than that, hope you enjoy his designs as much as I do.svenrayenTell me more, tell me more
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What are your favorite subjects to tattoo?
I believe as long as the motive is right, almost every subject can become a good tattoo design. But I really like to create something special and custom made for one specific individual. That's also how we work at studio Palermo. We spend a lot of time discussing drawings and designs with the customer and finding out what they really like. I think that is a very important part of the design process.
How would you describe your style?
I like to think I'm specialized in realistic shading, clear fineline detailed work with an eye for light/dark contrast. I also like to try out different techniques from my background in applied graphics, I value craftsmanship. Other than that, I love what I do, and I like to take the time it deserves, it's someone's forever.
How can people book a tattoo with you and do you have a (semi) permanent location?
Together with my high school friend Ticuta Racovita-Cordemans I founded Studio Palermo, located on the 1st floor of an office building. We came up with our own structure that reflects our vision and approach towards design, tattoos, music and management. We only work by appointment.
New customers send us a letter by mail with their request as instructed on my website. Returning customers can just call us to arrange a consultation.
This way we can prepare before they come to the studio and it also saves them a trip to Antwerp if their tattoo is not do-able. Tattoos are personal and can be life changing, so it is very important to have a proper conversation, face- to- face, we really want to understand what our customer desires.
My colleague Ti takes care of the first part of the design process, being originally a fashion designer, she has a good insight in composition, body structure and the translation from an idea to an actual design. When that is all set and clear the second part of the process would be me doing my thing, drawing and translating the final idea to a made-to-measure tattoo design.
We call it our design process chain and even though it is a slower process than usual, we believe it gives us the best results.
Which artists do you look up to?
Robert Atkinson for being a true craftsman. It was a pleasure getting tattooed by him.
Dr Woo for raising the bar.
Tommy the Truth, for the stories that come with the tattoo.