Philipus Murdijanto (Philip), adalah salah satu tattoo artist dari Surabaya, Indonesia yang sudah menetap di New York sejak 1999. Mendirikan Styx Tattoo di New York mestinya bukan perkara mudah, ini sedikit obrolan Magic Ink dengan Philip..
Would you tell us when did you move to New York? We heard that you started tattooing in NYC which has strict regulations for tattooing (as far as we know). Was it difficult to enter the tattoo scene or to get an apprenticeship? How did you start it there?
I came to United States on 1999. I was always into an art but never knew i would become a tattoo artist. I wanted to become a fine art illustrator. I think it was 2002, my friend was getting a tattoo and asked me to draw a tattoo design for him. So I did and owner of tattoo shop really liked my drawings then he offered me an apprenticeship. It wasn’t easy in many ways in the beginning but I’m glad that I started tattooing and learn under strict masters and regulations. it is very important to follow those regulations.
Why do you choose dark images and new-school oriental as your tattoo style? Both style seems to have some major difference in concepts and look
Im a metal head I like dark image. lol Dark art makes me more creative
Do you also keep up with tattoo scene progress in Indonesia? And do you have an opinion about it?
I keep in touch with some tattoo artist in Indonesia.
Do you think it’s possible for Indonesian tattoo artists to ‘go global’? What’s more to learn (for Indonesian tattoo artists) to be accepted in a totally different culture/scene?
Indonesia is No.4 biggest population in the world and I’m sure we have lots of talented artists. But to become a global tattoo artist you need to know more about tattoo regulations, pre-cautions of control disease and cross contaminations. Also take art more seriously.
This might sound cheesy but I can’t help to ask :)) how does it feel to work close with Little Dragon? And there are many stellar tattoo artists as well in New York, does it put a kind of pressure to you – or better, giving you a more positive/creative vibe at work?
In the beginning of course I felt a lots of pressure around all these great artists but at the same time it made me to work and study harder. And little dragon pushed me even harder! lol
What do you like to do other than tattooing?
When I’m not tattooing I listen to death metal and paint.
Do you have any suggestions or words for anyone in Indonesia who try to pursue their tattooing career abroad? And will you come back to Indonesia one day?
Yes, I’ll go back home someday.