The Tattoo Magazine TTTISM did an interview with our creative director Vincent van de Waal about his Tattoo collection and addiction for images. Read the full interview here;
"Vincent van de Waal is creative director and designer of Patta Clothing, based in Am- sterdam. His tattoo collection functions as an extension and materialization of his own mental inventory of image and text.
WHAT IS YOUR NAME, ORIGIN, AND YEAR OF BIRTH?
Vincent van de Waal, Netherlands, 16 Septem- ber 1981.
WHERE DID YOU GROW UP? PLEASE PROVIDE A DESCRIPTION OF YOUR SOCIAL AND CULTURAL BACKGROUND.
I grew up in Leiden, a city 30 minutes south of Amsterdam. Both parents are from Leiden and still live there. The places I lived when I was young were cul- turally very mixed, so I got a good portion of everything. I still have a very culturally mixed crowd around me—it makes me feel rich.
WHEN DID YOU START GETTING TATTOOED?
From the age of 20-21, I guess.
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO GET TATTOOED? WHAT ARE YOUR FIRST MEMORIES OF SEEING TATTOOS?
I’m a sucker for images, addicted. From a young age, I really liked the ‘I make my own decisions’ attitude that tattoos have. Heavily tattooed people especially had some- thing fearless in that sense, something I enjoy. I see beauty in not walking in line. My uncle’s arm is my first tattoo memory, a classic anchor.
WHOM DID YOU GET TATTOOED BY AND HOW DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR FIRST TATTOO?
A lot of artists, but Lina Stigsson was the art- ist I started with, always got back to her during the years. I think I started with 4 tattoos during the first session. Classic stuff. Father / Mother were my very first—still like that thought. A lady portrait, roses, and a cockle with 1981 in a banner.
HOW DID YOU CHOOSE THE DESIGN AND PLACEMENT?
Lina had a beautiful style so she drew my ideas based on really classic tattoos. Started with my left arm, no particular reason—I had a bigger plan already.
WHAT COMPELS YOU TO CONTINUE TO GROW YOUR COLLECTION?
I grow in life, so my tattoo collection grows with me. A bit slower than before, but I think I will never completely stop getting tattooed. It feels a bit like my private history.
HOW DID YOU BUILD AND CONCEIVE YOUR COLLECTION AFTER THAT? HOW DO YOU CHOOSE YOUR ARTISTS AND MOTIFS?
Looking up images and text is always in the back of my head. Since I was getting tattooed I had even more reason to give that all a place, literally. Most of the time I have more or less what I want and I find an artist who’s, in my opinion, the best for the job. But I’ve gotten flash sheet stuff as well. I don’t need a very good reason for all my tattoos. Since it's so personal the most important thing to me is if I understand my choices/emotions.
PLEASE DESCRIBE EACH (OR SELECTED) ONE OF YOUR TATTOOS, PLACEMENT, MOTIF, AND TAT- TOOIST.
It will be a random selection. I do not like one over an other since I’m not only in it for the aes- thetics. The one on my neck is for the birth of my son, Mozes Vince Crimson, MVC. I wanted it as prominent as possible. I think I managed. Lina Stigsson at Admiraal Tattoo did that. The M on my face because I got some quite special M’s in my life. All people related. Done by Fabian Dean at Friendship Tattoo. A very bold blocky Quo Vadis tattoo on my ribs. It’s from a postcard that used to be my grandfather’s. Quo Vadis is Latin for ‘Where are you going?’ Done by Janpaul Jansen at Admiraal Tattoo. A rat on my left leg, since my mother called me rat from a young age. Done by Steve Boltz. And another rat for the same reason on my upper left leg. Done by Etienne Memon at Admiraal Tattoo.
WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A LIVING?
I always do things I feel like doing. Very diverse. I have a brand called Patta together with a tight group of guys where I do the creative direction. I mainly use painting, photography, illustration in my personal work."
TTTISM is a vision of tattoo culture in the past, present and future. It represents the new digital age of tattoo media and strives to constantly document, refine, and update the current landscape of tattoo media, while respecting and honouring the tradition it comes from. TTTISM Magazine Issue 2 is now available on tttism.com.
Photography by: Ollie Adegboye