Tattooing and tattoos are going in a great direction and paths and opportunities are opening up constantly. I am psyched for the future, and the fact that this wave of support and understanding of tattoos is happening in my lifetime. I hope to have more time to write and paint apart from my (seemingly insane) schedule, and travel whilst I'm at it.
I try to be as thorough as possible in my approach towards tattoos and tattooing. To me, pigeon-holing will only serve to restrict my potential. Clichéd as it may sound, if you’re into tattoos I guess you would simply be interested in finding out more about the insane variety limited only by the next man’s creativity!
The thINK experience is a most comprehensive one, not only focusing on the necessity that is aesthetics, but also encompasses the entire thought journey and dynamics between the environment the concept and the permanence of a tattoo that is you. Tattoos are made to last forever. I believe that a design should carry more than just being visually aesthetic.
First and foremost, I would like to expound on the way I handle tattoos. I believe that every tattoo I do is and must be customised to the individual wearer. I see to it, as much as possible, that the wearer's statement/ expression/ sentiment/ voice can be displayed through my interpretation in ink.
The manifestation of the design and its relation to the desired placement, and all connections in between that links the entire custom tattoo to its wearer, must be treated with proper respect.
To add on to another dimension, one must understand that a tattoo is essentially a powerful way of communication too. The average person who views your ink must preferably be roused to interest and be engaged intellectually or emotionally. Putting thought into a tattoo shows, hence thINK!
Having said that, this is, of course, the optimal and very personal expectation I have of my craft. I have neither repeated a single design, nor do I wish to start now, in all my 8 years of tattooing. In essence, every tattoo has a story to tell, and I’d be most honoured to be that storyteller who weaves your tale into painted reality.
If I really have to choose though, I’d have to say I have a soft spot for Realism, or Fineline, or more recently, Chinese styled designs. (… Or better yet, highly-detailed Chinese fineline pieces!) That, or really bizarre themes/ ideas rendered in Neo-traditional style.
Being a Chinese Buddhist in a multiracial migrant society influenced by Western ideas whilst growing up definitely helped in the development of a more comprehensive eye for appreciation too. I am immersed in the graphic and illustrative way of Nuskool wild style whilst deep inside I am proud to be from an ancient race. I aspire to gel them into what a tattoo amalgamation would be (like the phoenix half back piece, for example)
I also aspire to inject ASEAN blood into the world of tattoos. It is a rich culture to tap into, and I cannot reiterate enough my pride in my background. To reflect it through my passion and work is essentially a great way to raise awareness.
I hope to expound more into this genre, so people out there who flows with this or likes my style.... come play!
- Elson Yeo
Tattoo thINKer/ Guerilla Graduate/ Nightmare Son
14 Scotts Road Far East Plaza #02-65