Tattooing the Spirit of Wanderlust with Balazs Bercsenyi

Meditating black and white tattoo by Balazs Bercsenyi

“I need to keep life interesting, always experiencing something new.” Hungarian artist Balazs Bercsenyi, of New York’s iconic Bang Bang Tattoo, has an insatiable appetite for exploration. “I’m a Sagittarius, so there’s a lot of fire in me,” he says with a warm smile, sipping on a cappuccino. “You could say there’s a spirit of wanderlust and curiosity in my work.” Abstract and realistic elements, when combined, can express something conceptual, even spiritual, not so literal. “I’m not thinking when I design. It’s intuitive and spontaneous. I just listen to my gut.”

When asked what’s next for his young career, he perks up with vigor. “I have three main focuses right now: tattooing, temporary tattoos, and building a new fashion line. I also want to sell prints. For me, it’s good to keep changing and evolving. You don’t get bored that way.”

Fine line lighthouse tattoo by Balazs Bercsenyi of Bang Bang New York Series of single needle memories tattoo by Balazs Bercsenyi Figure drawings tattoo by Balazs Bercsenyi of Bang Bang Tattoos New York
Winged woman tattoo by Balazs Bercsenyi of Bang Bang Tattoos New York Surreal identity tattoo by Balazs Bercsenyi of Bang Bang Tattoos New York Sharks in the cosmos tattoo by Balazs Bercsenyi Alex Grey inspired tattoo by Balazs Bercsenyi of Bang Bang Tattoos New York Alien octopus tattoo by Balazs Bercsenyi of NYC Earth elements fine line tattoo by Balazs Bercsenyi of Bang Bang Tattoos New York
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September 17, 2017 Art Black & White Body Art Tattoos