Artist Interview - Antonio Macko Todisco
Antonio Macko Todisco is a master of the black and grey tattoo. Today, The London Tattoo Convention chats to Antonio about his roots in tattooing, artistic interests and the development of his flawless Chicano style.
What drew you to the world of tattooing and when did you begin your career?
I have been tattooing since 2004, after a long artistic career from the school of art to the University of Belle Arti in Florence. I was always attracted by the street arts, so the passage to tattoo was very natural.
There is a strong Chicano theme throughout your portfolio. How did this style develop?
I began visiting LA in 1994 and the street Latino culture fascinated me from the start. When I started tattooing I put all my effort into the black and grey style, so the Chicano themes came easily and naturally. Then my customers loved it and so it became a staple in my career.
What are your favourite subjects to include in a tattoo?
Portrait is what gives me the opportunity to do the best in my job. Personally I really like to do portraits of girls; I think there is more art in it. Then I always try to put a ‘Macko's touch’ in all of the subjects I do.
Outside of tattooing, what are your favourite mediums to work with?
Outside of tattooing I really like to use pencil and charcoal, but when I have time I like to create oil on canvas... I think it is the maximum expression of the art.