Ivan Trapiani began tattooing in 1998 and hasn’t stopped since. He’s traveled to foreign countries, working in studios and at conventions around the world. From Australia to various European conventions, learning new techniques around the world that have made him the artist he is today. Ivan knew he wanted to be a tattooist from the age of sixteen; he recalls being amazed by a portrait of an Indian he found in a tattoo magazine. From that point forward he was determined to transform himself from an impassioned airbrush artist to a tattoo artist.
His style evolved from his admiration of the dark and Gothic. He studied artists of the caliber of Bosch, Caravaggio, Bernini, Giger, Dali, and Heinrih with the guide of his teacher, Lodi. When we asked Ivan how he would describe his style, he shared, “[It was] a long evolutionary path, intense and rich in creativity, [that] has brought me to create a personal and unmistakable style,” he continued, “A union between realism and Gothic figures, which gives life to a genre that floats among the dark, the Gothic, and the romantic. A bond of black and white, and sometimes a pinch of red.”
There are many artists of this discipline that have inspired Ivan to be the artist he is today. He cites R. Hernandez as an “incomparable master of the dark style, which imprints his subjects with a demonic suffering enclosed in an abstract way.” Victor Portugal is another who creates a sort romanticism in the afterlife. Ivan particularly enjoys Portugal’s ability to use the biomechanical subjects with hyper-realistic portraits. There is Lenu, who also interlaces the biomechanical demons and hyper-realism, creating some sort of cyborg. And last, but not least, Ivan finds himself incredibly inspired by tattoo masters: Boris, Den Yakovlev, and Dmitriy Samohin.
All the inspiration, practice, and passion and moved Ivan to open Trap Tattoo Shop in Piove di Sacco PD, in Northeast Italy. It’s a few kilometers from the beautiful Venetian Lagoon. Ivan finds the territory and landscape incomparable to anywhere else in the world.
When he’s not tattooing, he loves painting and apnoea fishing. Ivan often dreams of a tattoo shop next to the sea, on the second floor of a Northern, 1940’s marina where he could finish tattooing or painting, and immediately go fishing.
What advice do you have for someone planning his or her first tattoo?
I always advise not to dwell on what is commercial and express their personality through the artist’s creations that tattooed.
What advice do you have for a tattoo artist who is just getting started?
To the new generation of tattoo artists I suggest not to think about money, but to do their job with passion, that there is always more to learn and when you feel as if you have made it, you will realize he there is still a long way to go; but above all I want to say that the tattoo artist is not a rock star.
Ivan’s preferred methods of contact for scheduling appointments: “Many customers come in person in my studio, others that come from far away contact us by e-mail.”
Studio: Trap Tattoo Shop
Via Castello, 38, 35028 Piove di Sacco PD, Italy