Discovering the life and art of Sorin Cacio, Romanian tattooer and owner of a celebrated shop in Cambridge where the concept of taboo does not exist.
Welcome Sorin, would you like to introduce yourself to our readers and tell us more about your career as a tattoo artist?
For me it was always fun to draw and paint. Even when my friends used to play football I would rather draw characters on the sidewalk with white chalk stolen from school. Forced to leave my country (I was born in Romania) I went looking for an opportunity to have a decent life in different countries, but in the early days most of my jobs were in the security field, night clubs, bouncer, personal bodyguard. But all the same my love for painting and drawing never ceased to exist…
When did tattoo art first appear in your life?
While I was in Spain I worked as security at a prostitute club and this job doesn’t come without problems or fighting most of the time… I was 35 then when I decided that I had to stop doing that and have a clean fresh start. That was the very first moment when I began to learn as much as I could about tattooing. My first clients were the prostitutes I used to work for, of course! (laughs) Then friends, and later on, family. It took me two long years to decide that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. From that point on I was tattooing in Romania and Ireland for few years before coming to the United Kingdom.
You won the award for Best Realism in 2016 at the Tattoo Jam convention in Doncaster. Who did you portray on that occasion?
I remember well. The Tattoo Jam in Doncaster 2016 was the second tattoo convention I’d attended. I was just a newby no one cared about, but still managed to win the award and that gave me more confidence in what I was doing. I did a Black ‘n’ Grey Realistic portrait of a Native American girl on a friend of mine. You know – it’s about the…
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