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Currently, tattoo styles such as blackwork, geometric, dotwork, and tribal are becoming increasingly popular and there is no indication that this trend will slow down soon. Paradox from the Netherlands, is among the artists who have achieved recognition for their skill in these specific styles. His tattoos are striking blackwork renditions of classic geometric and tribal designs. Make sure to check out his amazing creations and show him some love on Instagram!

People recognize you for your modern approach to sacred geometry. What made you hone in on this form of expression?

Paradox: “I have been interested in spirituality since I was a young person. Growing up, I read a lot of books and pieces of art that centered on this concept. The word ‘sacred’ is applied to this since it is associated with the particular numerical ratios employed in the construction of religious buildings around the world as well as the mathematics seen in nature.”

Prior to focusing on Sacred Geometry, did you try or gain knowledge of any other types of art?

Paradox: “When I first started as a tattoo artist I did all types of designs. Whatever customers asked for was what I did. It was only after a few years of people requesting the same kind of artwork that I decided to specialize in that style. But even before tattooing I did all kinds of art. I was drawing since I could walk and I’ve been active as a graffiti artist since the age of 15.”

When, where and what was the first tattoo you gave and got?

Paradox: “I got my first small tattoo on my hand at the age of 16. The first one I ever did was on my leg, a couple cherry blossoms that I covered later on in life.”

Who inspires you the most?

Paradox: My main inspiration for my designs comes from nature and life in general. I believe everything you do in life is a reflection of your inner world. Art is no exeption. Look at art, and you see the artists perception of the world.

What is the process like in getting a tattoo from you?

Paradox: “To begin, It is vital for me to assess the level of commitment and the inspiration behind getting a tattoo from me. Without a certain degree of mutual understanding, respect and trust, the entire process will be uncomfortable for both of us. The next step is to draw a sketch with a sharpie on the customer’s body to determine the various shapes or positions for the designs and to find out approximate measurements. This serves as a visual representation of my ideas. I find it hard to explain some things in words so sketching it out is the best choice. The third step is to analyze different perspectives or forms of the main concept. Even though I can tattoo a lot freehand on the body, I prefer to take my time to create designs in solitude.”

Who sits better, men or women?

Paradox: “Are you serious? Woman for sure.”