PATTA Q&A: MORRISON SCHIFFMACHER

Who are you, and where are you from?
Morrison Cheyenne Schiffmacher from Amsterdam De Pijp.

What keeps you occupied on a daily basis?
Tattooing and painting.

When did you become interested in becoming a tattoo artist yourself?
My dad is a tattoo artist and a painter, which means that I was born into a certain world. I grew up playing in tattoo shops and at conventions. When I was five, I remember observing all the tattooers that worked at my dad's old shop in the red light district. These guys, who came from all over the world, had a certain attitude and they also dressed in a certain way. They had the nineties California thing going on with Dickies, Ben Davis, adidas Campus, and so on. I fell in love with their sense of style, and basically just thought they were the coolest guys ever. I wanted to be a part of that, so ever since I can remember, I wanted to be a tattoo artist. When I was just sixteen, I quit school and started an apprenticeship at my dad's and Tycho Veldhoen's shop.

Who and/or what inspires your tattoo art?
They are almost too many to mention. I mean tattoos are everywhere nowadays. But I have to admit my dad must be my biggest inspiration. He knows everything about everything, and he loves to tell stories. That’s an amazing combination! So many of his stories would get to me and really inspire me.

Which music artists are you currently listening to and would you recommend others?
I constantly listen to music; that’s the only way I can draw or make art. I listen to a lot of different genres, and I also enjoy looking for new music (may it be recent or old). I can get totally obsessed with one artist and I’ll try to figure out everything about him or her. For the last few weeks that artist has been the notorious George Clinton (known from The Parliament-Funkadelics collective). I’ve already watched countless documentaries about him and pretty much anyone associated with him. It’s a total trip. That guy is a genius, and I would definitely recommend everybody to look him up.

Where can people check out your works?
Instagram: MorrisonSchiffmacher
Facebook: Morrison Schiffmacher

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