【BACKSTAGE】Mini Lau @ HK TATTOO

in Interviews/Lifestyle

DSC_0166_edited[pukka_dropcap style=”” txt_color=”White” bg_color=”Black” size=””]H[/pukka_dropcap]ow did you enter the tattoo industry?

I loved drawing and sketching, and after I completed my studies I became a salesperson. I found it extremely boring. My ex-boyfriend was a tattooist, so I asked him to teach me the techniques. I loved to draw, and I saw the skin as a canvas.

People get tattoos for various reasons. What are some tattoo motives that struck you?

Once, a high school teacher of mine asked me to ink a family member’s name onto her body. Another client wanted to get a tattoo of their mother’s electrocardiogram on their wrist, inked in the cyclical form with two connected hearts.

What was the most achieving moment in your career?

Being able to use the skin as a canvas, and to ink my own creations onto others. Making an everlasting mark onto another person feels great. The permanence of tattoos imposes serious responsibility, so I am cautious when I do it.

What is your tattooing style?

Some people call my works “mini tattoos”, as they can look very intricate and delicate. Some refer to them as “indie”, because I use thinner lines and faint color schemes. This style seems to be more popular among female clients, and they would often request for the artistry of female tattooists.

What was the most difficult piece that you had to ink for a client?

I had a client who was experienced in inking, and he requested a tattoo of a 3D illusion on his waist area. He had to tense the skin on his waist so the pattern won’t become distorted. In the end, the unexpected pain caused him to writhe, and the tattoo turned out unsatisfactory. It was one of my moments of failure.

[Photography by Tim Ku]