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Tattoo Artist Gets Inspired By Hentai And Creates Explicit Works of Art

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Meet Elisabeth Rozaki, an exceptionally talented tattoo artist from Greece, who works at the_gutter_athens. Her work mostly centers around Japanese erotic art, widely known as hentai, which most of you readers I assume already know much about, amirite? Her work was so explicit, but artistically intricate at the same time, that I decided to reach out to her for an interview. Fortunately, she proved eager to talk to me and I am proud to present you her take on tattoo art and the Japanese pop culture, as well as a collection of my favorite creations from her, below!

If you want to see more of Elisabeth, check out her Instagram and Facebook page.

1. Tell us a little about yourself. What’s your name, age, occupation. Where are you from and where are you currently living?

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My name is Elisabeth Rozaki, I am 30 years old and come from Crete, Greece. I have spent most of my life in Athens, where I still reside. Around 20 years ago, I started dabbling with tattoo art, in all its forms, and during the past 9 years I have been working as a professional tattoo artist.

2. How would you describe your work in five words?

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Creative, expressive, tranquillizing, demanding, different.

3. How did you get started and what are your influences artistically?

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Everything started early on. My dad’s brother had always been my role model. He used to draw magnificent nude female bodies and he also had a tattoo that he had created on himself when he was 13. Since I admired him so much, I wanted to follow his path. When I was 9 years old, my uncle decided to become a professional tattoo artist. It was only natural for me to follow.

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I remember I used to draw henna tattoos on both myself and my friends at school; later I tried with other tools. Fast forward a few years and I was done with school, college, as well as my internship, and I decided to become what I always wanted. I packed my stuff and left for Crete, to find my uncle and learn the art of tattooing. Over the years, I have been influenced by several artists. I believe the most crucial would be Uncl Paul Knows who helped me discover my passion.

4. What do you love the most about creating your art? Are there are any deeper messages/philosophy you are trying to communicate through your work?

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What I love the most about tattoo art, is that you can create something valuable for someone who will live with it until the end. I use the word “live” because that’s what I am trying to achieve in every tattoo that I create; to give it life and emotions. I am not communicating any deeper messages through my art. It is simply my own way of expressing myself, something that gives me freedom.

5. It’s evident that you derive part of your inspiration from the Japanese culture. What are your favorite anime and manga?

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I derive most of my inspiration from the erotic Japanese culture. Hentai is definitely an inextricable part of my life. Obviously, it’s not just that. I watch anime and read manga on an everyday basis. My favorite one is of course Naruto and the next place probably goes to Elfen Lied, Ergo Proxy, Hellsing, Psychopass, Wolf’s rain and many many others. I truly can’t choose!

6. What is your favorite tattoo creation so far?

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My favorite and most important piece of work would be the one depicting Itachi. I believe that the day that I made it, I gave all my soul into it, since this character was and always will be my favorite. Recently, this piece was completed as a sleeve and it is still the best of my creations.

Some of my personal favorite ones are below:

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My last question to Elisabeth was to ask for her number 1 advice for those wanting to get their first tattoo. “I think that when you are just starting out, you should take your time and look for the right artist, besides the actual tattoo concept. A good professional, will make you feel comfortable, will follow all the necessary safety and hygiene rules and, most importantly, won’t let you go for something that you regret.”

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