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Interview by: Jasmine Rollason Friday 30 March 2018
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Artist Interview - Joao Bosco

Joao Bosco has been tattooing for over 10 years; currently based at London's Black Garden Tattoo, he has a distinctive style inspired by fantasy art. We caught up with Joao to discuss his influences, inspirations and his newly released book, 'Genesis'.

What inspires your tattooing?

My influences have come from pretty much everywhere throughout the 11 years I’ve been tattooing. But lately I’ve been looking at illustrations outside of tattooing, like fantasy, comic and dark art from random and some anonymous artists. But obviously, tattoos are still a big influence in my life.

How would you describe your style and what is your favourite subject matter to tattoo?

I call my style fantasy, only because I can't really find a name for it. I'm still searching for it. I like to do any style that I can put my twist on. Even tribal, as long it's something I can play with.

Which artists have influenced you?

In the tattoo world: Filip Leu, Mauricio Teodoro and Greg Irons. Outside of tattooing: Frank Frazetta.

Can you tell us a little about your new book, ‘Genesis’?

The Genesis book is one of the biggest achievements in my career so far, brought to life by Miki Vialetto and Tattoo Life publications. It’s an amazing, well-edited, well-assembled and well-presented book. Miki is simply a visionary.

You are currently based at the prestigious Black Garden Tattoo in London. What is your favourite thing about working in the City?

Black Garden definitely has the best and friendliest atmosphere of any shop I have ever worked at. Working in the City has its pros and cons; the crowd can get to ones nerves sometimes, but you also have everything you could need nearby.