Artist Interview - Dillon Forte
Californian artist Dillon Forte is known for his contemporary style of Sacred Geometry in tattooing. Specialising in dotwork and blackwork, Dillon aims to create imagery that merges the past and future, inspired by ancient cultures and mysticism. This week, The London Tattoo Convention chats to Dillon to find out more...
Where and when did you begin tattooing?
I started tattooing in Berkeley, California in 2006. I was apprenticed by an artist named Mark Frietas.
How do you interpret the meaning of Sacred Geometry?
Sacred geometry is the mathematics of nature and the study of the intricate connections of the world around us.
What are your thoughts on the growing trend of Sacred Geometry in tattooing and in popular culture? Do you feel it's important for the wearer to have a deeper understanding of the imagery and its meaning or can it be enjoyed for the aesthetic qualities alone?
I think the growing trend of Sacred Geometry in tattooing is wonderful because it's spreading a positive message to a larger audience and regardless if it's initially appreciated solely for its aesthetics, the viewer will have the imagery in their subconscious.
Which tattoo artists do you admire?
I appreciate the work of so many artists... to name a few would be Adrian Lee, Filip Leu, Tomas Tomas, Shige and Grime.
Outside of the tattoo world, what inspires you as an artist?
I am inspired by my travels, ancient cultures and science fiction. I love the idea of creating imagery that invokes a futuristic/ancient feeling and transcends time. I find a lot of inspiration through architecture and mysticism.