‘Geometric Tattoos’ The Art of Ink (Season 2) Digital Exclusive | Paramount Network


– [Dillon] It’s
the most profound possible form of art to portray, and that’s why we do find it
throughout all of history. – [Laura] It’s a good way to
say something that means a lot with a very simplistic design. – [Kirk] This is our
architecture of all
living organisms, and it’s so powerful
because of the meaning of just that one dot, that
one triangle, that one square. – [Dillon] You’re
building something so big with the same fundamental
building blocks, and that balance, it creates
a striking, iconic image. – I grew up in France. I used to study mathematics
when I was in high school, so a lot of geometry
classes and equations. And I’ve always been
fascinated by it. When I started
working after school, I was working for big companies, and I was not really
happy about it. I started to be interested
about tattooing. I met my husband when
he was bartending, which is a place where
people have tattoos. So he would tell them,
“Oh, try my wife wife. “She designs tattoos.” And it grew very quickly. – I was always drawing. That’s definitely the
main thing that I felt I could possibly succeed at. What originally inspired
me in geometric tattooing was I kept asking people, “Oh, I want to get this
flower of life tattoo.” And they’re like, yeah,
no I’m not doing that. That’s way too hard. So then, I thought,
maybe I should do this. So that was definitely
one of my first thoughts that got me into
geometric tattooing. – I loved drawing, I loved art, and I tried to be
the best I could be. I wanted to learn more, I
was studying consistently. So I started getting
into geometry, growing up, noticing
the universe, like that we live here, there’s
planets, there’s an Earth. I went on this real deep quest trying to attain more knowledge. So I started studying
all different religions, spirituality, and I
got really drawn to mandalas when I started
seeing them in Buddhism and all that kind of stuff. So that really
resonated with me. – What’s interesting
about geometry is that you can
find it anywhere. The ratio of your hands, the proportions of each
digit of your finger, it’s all at a perfect
geometric ratio. It’s a golden ratio. And it’s found in every single living organism on the planet. It’s a very universal style. It literally is found
in every single culture throughout every
single time period. The entire Pyramids
of Giza are built to perfect sacred
geometric ratios. – In ancient times,
they definitely used
a lot of geometry to tell stories, mostly because
it’s a universal language. You don’t need to
write words down. It’s just universal
shapes that depict images, and everyone knows exactly
what you’re talking about. – In the ancient Greece,
they were painting vases and portraits. You can see geometric shapes
that are based on nature. It’s very visual. You don’t even need to
have someone tell you this is a tree or
this is a human. You can recognize it right away. It’s beautiful to feel
like we can communicate through geometry. – Some of the most common shapes found in geometric tattooing
are the Platonic solids. They’re five different shapes originally described by Plato. You have the octahedron,
the dodecahedron, the icosahedron, a
tetrahedron, and a cube. And they’re just supposed to
be the five building blocks of reality. And they all represent
different aspects, water, fire, ether,
air, and Earth. You can find them as other
common geometric symbols, like the Metatron’s cube. That’s a very prominent figure. We have the flower of life. Flower of life is probably the
most common geometry symbol that’s used in a tattoo. – To me, mandalas is
clean, things like Buddhism and this type of religion, and mandalas are made
from symmetrical shapes that are repeated in a circle. When you think about it, it’s
just a small circle shape with like a little
flower inside, that if you would just do that
shape in one part of the body you would not really
notice it that much. And then you keep
repeating it over and over, and it becomes organic. – Mandala is just the
Sanskrit word for circle, which is one of the most
fundamental geometric shapes that exists, it’s the
essence of all of them. – To create a really
well-done geometric tattoo, you need excellent line
work, a steady hand. You have to be real
attention to detail, make sure that you’re going
into skin not too deep and not deep enough. There’s so much
involved with it. But just one mistake in a line will ruin the entire piece. So when I’m tattooing,
I like to use a multitude of
different line weights. I think it gives it
without shading it, it already starts
giving it depth. – With the geometric
aspect, what I like is that I can very easily switch
it to be more feminine or to be more masculine. I have men asking
me for a full sleeve where its thicker lines are more density in the
geometric aspects, when girls have the tendency
to want something more light with a lot more air
between the lines. So it can be many
different things. And that’s what makes
it very interesting. – We’re definitely starting
to see a heightened popularity of the
style of tattooing. Dillon’s been doing geometric
tattoos for a long time, and it really started
to spark in popularity. Once he tattooed Kat Von D, did a large geometric
piece on her, it got posted all
over the Internet, and all these people were like,
what the hell is that thing? And they’re like,
oh sacred geometry. And it’s like, what
the **** is sacred geometry? And it just sparked
everyone’s interest, and it really became
mainstream at that point. – One of the misconceptions
on geometric tattooing is that it’s a trend. That’s something I
find kind of humorous due to the fact that it’s
the core essence of all life and non-living objects and
artifacts in the known universe. – I feel like
geometric art has been only growing bigger and
bigger with the years. Also because the
techniques of tattooing have improved a lot. We have a lot of choice
of tattoo machines and tattoo needles and inks that are more adapted
for this type of work. And I just feel like people
are more open to it now, that tattooing is being
a lot more accepted. And I just wish to keep
making people happy and love what I do. – I think that geometric
tattooing speaks
to me so strongly due to the overwhelming
feelings I get from its origin and its
potential future applications. I like that geometry
is really timeless in the fact that it
can appear ancient. At the same time, it’s feeling
very modern and contemporary. And I find there are very
few styles that are capable of achieving that
to such magnitude as geometric tattooing has. And I really like
that we can bring so much depth and
substance of meaning back into people’s lives
when it comes to tattooing.

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