Today we introduce you to Pandido and Side, the heart and soul of People Temple Tattoo in Lyon, France. Let’s discover their styles, Pandido’s based on Pre-Columbian and Aztec iconography, and Side’s based on old engravings and artists such as Gustave Doré, Albrecht Dürer and Hans Holbein… Enjoy the read!

Pandido, Peoples Temple Tattoo, Lyon, France

When did you open up Peoples Temple?
Pandido: I opened this shop in September 2018 and Side came to work with me two months later. The name of the shop is something that expresses the idea that tattoos are not for one kind of people.

I like to see tattoo as something that brings different kinds of people together.

Side: Pandido opened the shop in September 2018 if I remember right, and I came here in November.

Side, Peoples Temple Tattoo, Lyon, France

What is your background and when did you start tattooing?
Pandido: I started tattooing 8 years ago. Before that I was a graphic designer for a couple of years. I learned tattooing at Artibal, a cool street shop in Lyon where I worked for 3 years. Then I opened a private shop with my friend Todd Tattooer and we ran it together for another 3 years.

Pandido, Peoples Temple Tattoo, Lyon, France

Pandido, Peoples Temple Tattoo, Lyon, France

Side: Maybe he chose this name as if people came to get tattooed at our place like they were going to pray in a temple, with fervour!

Side, Peoples Temple Tattoo, Lyon, France

Tell me more about your style: how would you define it and what are your artistic references?
Pandido: My style is based on Pre-Columbian and Aztec iconography. I spent time in Mexico and fell in love with this culture. So I use Aztec graphic codes and play with it to create my drawings.

Pandido, Peoples Temple Tattoo, Lyon, France

Side: I would define my style as engraving. It is a style which has been in use in tattoo for decades as we can see in the work of Guy, Maud Dardeau, Thomas Boulard and many others. I try to bring my personal touch to it. In terms of…

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