Slovakian-born Filip Fabian got into tattooing at the age of 16 because of his cousin, who had a tattoo studio. Eager to get started, he bought a $20 coil machine and tried inking a rose on himself, but the device broke down. With practice, better tools, apprenticeships, and many guest spots, he became a professional in 2010.
Fabian studied art at the Technical University of Kosice, becoming interested in Basquiat and Rothko; the latter artist commented that â€śShapes have no direct association with any particular visible experience.â€ť Although inspired by the spontaneity of these painters, Fabian explained that â€śI also work with shapes. I love anatomy, geometry, and forms that blend into the abstract without losing their meaning.â€ť
Having been a resident tattooist at Pragueâ€™s Tribo Tattoo & Piercing and Sydneyâ€™s Kaleidoscope, Fabian is currently working at Black + Blue Tattoo studio in San Francisco.
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