【CHOK 独家专访】我们专访了这位独领风骚的 IT 技术宅纹身师

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Chaim Machlev

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采访日期: 2015年2月18日

自从上次介绍过德国纹身大师 Chaim Machlev 的极简线条纹身,一大波骚年在我朋友圈刷屏,还在 ChokStick 各大订阅平台上留言,问了一大堆问题,当然少不了各种膜拜。于是我们就联系了 Machlev 先生,约了个独家专访,大师也很愉快滴接受了我们的访问。大师果然是个的人才,除了回答完我的问题,还写了一封长长长长长长长信给我,吐槽他的人生。耐心的骚年请慢慢看文字,没耐心的骚年看图就好了。

Chaim Machlev 就是 ChokStick 几个月之前介绍完之后一大波评论和问题刷爆我各社交媒体的那个极简线条纹身师。

Chaim Machlev 是何方神圣?

他在德国柏林开了一家私人纹身工作室,任何时候都只有一位客人,名符其实的专属一对一纹身。他巧妙地利用人体的曲线,绘出一系列具有流感美的线条纹身,这成了 DotsToLines 的独特符号,纹身线条不仅与发型结合,还与人体的骨架结构完美契合!

做出这些的人,名叫 Chaim Machlev,以下是他的自白:

我今年 33 岁,2012 年春天开始帮人纹身。我的第一位纹身小白鼠是一个很大量的朋友,她让我在她身上纹了一个小小的海星,效果还不错。然而第二次就悲剧了。说起来有点滑稽,当我手上的机器逐渐靠近一个陌生人的时候,连我自己都不知道那份自信是从哪儿飘出来的,完全凭着直觉来下手。而那种直觉随着时间和经验,逐渐形成了一种习惯。-Chaim Machlev

Chaim Machlev 正在设计图案

▲ Chaim Machlev 正在设计图案


一个以色列骚年干嘛去德国帮人纹身?

我出生、成长于以色列特拉维夫(一个港口城市),2012 年才搬到德国柏林,并且学习怎样纹身。我并不是一个很受欢迎的孩子,我的童年很无聊,大部分时间都是抱着电脑度过的。没有任何艺术背景,除了喜欢弹弹吉他,根本没做过什么跟创作和艺术有关系的事,画画和纹身神马的都是浮云。甚至在我准备搞一个纹身之前我都从来没有对纹身产生过兴趣。

▲ “我想,每个人都有一个阶段希望弄一个纹身,这也让我感到,咱地球人有时候就是通过纹身来刷存在感的。”

▲ “我想,每个人都有一个阶段希望弄一个纹身,这也让我感到,咱地球人有时候就是通过纹身来刷存在感的。”

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去纹身的原因千千万万,反正结果就是纹了。不幸的是,咱西方世界的大部分人能想到的纹身图案都是很负面的,搞得纹身被迫进入了一个怪圈,经常跟毒品、犯罪和其他不良行为扯上关系。在我的祖国就是那样。(但我必须得说,如今在特拉维夫的纹身骚年正在闹腾一场大型活动,那绝对能亮瞎人们的眼。)

▲ “然而当你拥有了人生第一个纹身,你将不再有那样的偏见,因为你懂得了那种美丽,并且让另个人帮你完成在这美丽的纹身。然后,你距离下一个纹身不远了。这也是为什么那些还没有纹身的人觉得纹身会上瘾。”

▲ “然而当你拥有了人生第一个纹身,你将不再有那样的偏见,因为你懂得了那种美丽,并且让另个人帮你完成在这美丽的纹身。然后,你距离下一个纹身不远了。这也是为什么那些还没有纹身的人觉得纹身会上瘾。”

我自己身上的第一个纹身是 3 年前在特拉维夫的 Psycho 工作室由  Avi Vanunu 帮我纹的,那对我整一个人生的影响非同小可,我发现纹身的过程超级神圣,我的生活从此改变。

▲ “当我扔掉对纹身的负面想法的同时,我也丢掉了内心对于其他人的负面偏见,即使他们不怎么包容和接受。这致使我走到了生命的转折点,我明白我必须要做些什么,而此时关于纹身的念头已经挥之不去了。”

▲ “当我扔掉对纹身的负面想法的同时,我也丢掉了内心对于其他人的负面偏见,即使他们不怎么包容和接受。这致使我走到了生命的转折点,我明白我必须要做些什么,而此时关于纹身的念头已经挥之不去了。”

▲ “我连做梦也想着纹身,每见到一个人我都抑制不住地去想象将一些线条纹在他们身上。我还想,当一个纹身师该多么有趣啊,为一个个独一无二的身体纹上好看的线条,将生命奉献到纹身事业中,每天的工作就是帮人们将身体变得更美!”

▲ “我连做梦也想着纹身,每见到一个人我都抑制不住地去想象将一些线条纹在他们身上。我还想,当一个纹身师该多么有趣啊,为一个个独一无二的身体纹上好看的线条,将生命奉献到纹身事业中,每天的工作就是帮人们将身体变得更美!”


辞掉高薪厚职,在沙漠里决心改行纹身

话说回来,我当时在一家 IT 公司当项目经理,带领 22 个手下,在这个物欲横流的社会里,我的生活过得相当滋润了。仅仅一个纹身是打动不了我离开如此安逸的生活的,于是我决定:再来一个!为了将纹身的过程理解得更加透彻。当第二个纹身刻在了我身上,我清楚地知道我要有所行动了。为了下定决心,我要去一趟沙漠。

▲ “在沙漠独自呆了 5 天之后,我终于决定去当一个纹身师,以解开纹身为何如此特别这个谜团作为一生的事业。”

▲ “在沙漠独自呆了 5 天之后,我终于决定去当一个纹身师,以解开纹身为何如此特别这个谜团作为一生的事业。只要我一想到我即将要成为一名纹身师的,我都会瞬间精神为之一振,仿佛我的身体在告诉我这正是我要做的事。”

我决定去柏林重新生活,之前我从未去过那里,但我觉得那里很舒服,起码在学习如何成为一个真正的纹身师方面,柏林的现实条件比以色列要好。我明白要放弃所有的确很难,而且想着即使在柏林混不下去,我还可以去下一个地方混,也不会比离开特拉维夫要困难。

▲ “于是,我卖掉了曾经拥有的一切,飞到柏林,寻找一个为我敞开的机会。”

▲ “于是,我卖掉了曾经拥有的一切,飞到柏林,寻找一个为我敞开的机会。”


没有老板愿意请一个零经验的人!

求人不如求己,那就自己好好干呗!

去柏林不难,难得是找个地方住下来并且找家店收留我。我足足当了 3 个月沙发客才找到住的地方,然后开始挨家挨户找纹身店,各色各样的店主和纹身师给我的答案都是否定的。我没有学历没有绘画的相关经验,空有满腔热情和用不完的希望。

大师早期的作品,是不是有天壤之别?

▲ 2012年,大师早期的作品,是不是有天壤之别?

▲ 练了两个月手,我对握在手上的纹身机器建立起了信心,也渐渐开始有自己的客户了。

▲ 练了两个月手,我对握在手上的纹身机器建立起了信心,也渐渐开始有自己的客户了。

▲ 开始的时候有点小紧张,但从我拿起自己的机器准备为客户纹身那一刻开始,我感觉很好,就像与我潜藏在内心多年的情感有了某种联系。

▲ 开始的时候有点小紧张,但从我拿起自己的机器准备为客户纹身那一刻开始,我感觉很好,就像与我潜藏在内心多年的情感有了某种联系。

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▲ 直到如今,我每次握起纹身机器,仍然能感觉到那种温暖内心的联系。

▲ 直到如今,我每次握起纹身机器,仍然能感觉到那种温暖内心的联系。

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To be continue…

下次再告诉为什么 Chaim Machlev 每天只为一个人纹身,还有他是怎么发明出独特的极简线条纹身的。好东西总是值得期待!不见不散,散了自己找回来哈!

About Chaim Machlev

My name is Chaim Machlev, and I am 33 years old, I started tattooing 2 years ago, in spring 2012.

Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel, moved to Berlin 2 years ago to learn how to tattoo.I had a pretty normal childhood, I was not a popular child at all and spent most of my childhood in front of my computer.I never had any artistic background, never created art beside playing a guitar as a hobby and for sure nothing that has to do with drawing / tattooing.

In fact I was not attracted to tattoos so much before I started to think about getting one, which I cant really explain why it happened.I think that there is a stage in life in which everyone is thinking about getting a tattoo, and this is what also makes me feel sometimes that us humans are in our natural state when we are tattooed.

the reasons can varied, but it is just happening. and most of us in the western world has unfortunately some sort of a pattern in our head where we connected tattoos to. and in that pattern to most of the people there are negative stuff inside as well. tattooing in a lot of social circles get connected with drugs, crime, and many other negative aspects. In my home country it is like that, but I have to say that there is a huge movement at the moment of tattooed people in Tel Aviv which is really opening people’s eyes to it
When you get your first tattoo you no longer have those pre-justices, as you understand the beauty of deciding to change your body and let someone do it. Than the distance to get another tattoo is shorter. and this is exactly the reason that many non-tattooed people thinks that tattooing is addictive.

I got my first tattoo 3 year ago by Avi Vanunu in Psycho studio in Tel Aviv and it was for me one of the strongest impacts of my life, as I found the procedure super spiritual and life changing.

I still try to understand it, but I guess that when I lost the negative contact towards tattooing which i had, I lost a lot of negative pre justices that I had inside me towards other stuff that society choose to see as something wrong or unacceptable. This really led me to the point in life to understand that something has to be done and I couldnt stop thinking about tattoos. I started to see it in my dreams, every person that I saw I thought about lines that goes through their body and how interesting could it be to actually be a tattooer that decide which lines flows better for an individual body, and dedicate your life to live the experience of changing people’s body as a routine.

From IT Project Manager to Tattoo Artist

Back than I was a project manager in an IT company, in charge of 22 workers and had a pretty comfortable life from the materialistic point of view. The thoughts about tattoos could not let me go and I decided to get another tattoo just to understand better the process.. After the second tattoo it was clear that some action need to be done and I left to the desert to make a decision.

Who ever was in the desert knows that you could not run away from your own thought there, there is something about the endless horizon, the sand and your self alone that could bring the spirituality even into an atheist, and makes him face the truth and confront. and there after 5 days alone I decided to dedicate my life to that philosophical-spirtual point of understanding what is so special about tattoos, and decided to be a tattoo artist.

Every second that I thought about being a tattoo artist I had a shiver running down my spin, that tought me that this is the right thing to do.

I decided to copy my life to Berlin, I was never there before, but had a good feeling about the place, and to take the chances to learn how to be a tattoo artist there seemed more realistic than in Israel.

I knew that the hard part will be to leave all behind, and thought that if it wouldnt work out in berlin I will just continue to the next destination and it wouldnt be so hard as leaving Tel Aviv will be.

I sold everything I ever had and landed in berlin in the search for the opportunity of the open door…

This is How Chaim Machlev Start

My first tattoo was on a friend that was kind enough to let me practice on her doing a little sea star that looked actually pretty good.

My second tattoo was horrible actually. It is funny to talk about the first approach to tattooing because when it comes to reality and you hold your tattoo machine for the first time in your hand and aim it towards someone you dont really know where to gain the confident to actually do it so you really find yourself trusting just instincts. And those instincts become habits during the time and the experience.

How did you develop your own tattoo style?

I do a lot of free hand with my tattoo designs, most of the lines art design, and the process of designing is sometimes longer than the tattooing process itself. it is sometimes very hard to find the right lines that floats through the body, specially when we talk about geometric designs. our body is not symmetric and to try to put a symmetric design on a non symmetric object most of the time ends with it looking as a sticker. If you choose to deal with geometric designs it has to be the right size, the right place and the right movement. otherwise it is simply not working.

I experiment a lot, like on a daily base, which is a bit risky when comes to a non reversible form of art, but I guess that it is the only way to develop your own style as an artist, and create something individual daily.

I use black as the main colour for me tattoos simply because I think that it is the only colour that will look timeless on a timeless design, I also think that it looks good on our body more than any other colour, I do use red sometimes but it is very rare.
I would love to experience more art mediums like drawing and sculpting but I simply have no time as tattooing takes 14 hours of my day and I enjoy every second of it.

Where does the inspiration come from?

I get inspiration from nature, I think that it is the most honest thing for us artists to get inspired from. off course that i get super excited when i see tattoo designs or other art forms which stimulates me, but i really get most of my inspiration on a more wide aspect of just observing or thinking about nature, as mathematical as it is, as spiritual and abstract as it can be.

I try always to balance my designs as nature does with its creations, when a design is too geometric it is often creates a cold feeling, the goal is to find the right  balance into it. When I take a project I have always the feeling to create something that will look super cool from far away and when you will come closer it will have a lot of dimensions in it and will stimulate the viewer’s eyes in the strongest way. It doesn’t have to be too complicated, it can simply be made from one line that flows through the entire body, it is all a matter of personality and what the costumer is like. how he moves, how he talks, how he is describing himself like and how he wants to be described.

I really take the time to learn those things before making a design and tattoo it, I studied computer science and psychology in my past and I guess that the combination of those 2 fields are what really makes my designs interesting and stimulating. It is very interesting how cold lines and dots can have life and unique behaviour.

What is your typical day look like?

I am a very spiritual person, I travelled in India for 1 year and since than I adopted a lot of buddhistic ways of life, on the other hand I was a computer guy that see the world in a drastic and definite way.

It is pretty hard for me to talk about the tattoo culture in Germany as I was not raised here and I am exposed to it just for around 1.5 years, and in that short time of being a tattooist I didnt really meet many other tattooers and barely have contact to the tattoo world. I start to get opened to it so I guess that if we will talk in couple of years again I could give you a better answer for it, but I got elected to be the newcomer of 2013 in Germany last month, so I can really say that people here are very open minded to see other designs of tattoos and appreciate it, what actually was a bit surprise for me as well. suddenly I get recognised as a big talent and get emails from costumers from around the world. yesterday I had a customer that travelled here from the north part of china to get tattooed. those kind of moments makes me feel so thankful for the trust that those customers gives me and fills me with excitement and motivation to create a better design than before and to challenge myself more and push the envelope more…

and off course fills me with more and more love to tattooing. and those things are only possible (in my eyes) when you dont have the border between a customer and a tattooer. I understood pretty quick that there is no other way to learn tattooing than to really dedicate yourself to it, so I really choosed to destroy the border between me and my customers completely and to make it as intimate as possible and as effective as possible.

I never tattoo the same design, I dont tattoo when I dont feel a positive connection to the customer, I dont make designs before, I do everything together with my clients and takes them as an active part in the tattooing process. I found out that it is the most honest way to do this process. I guess that it was like that for so many years everywhere on this planet, but I think that this is something that we lost in the western world as it comes to tattooing. there is nothing wrong with going to a shop and choose a design from a book or a flash, there is just another spiritual way to do it which is longer, more abstract, takes more energy and trust, but reward you much more with an individual custom design that fits to your own body.

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