“What an experience to get in touch with the roots of tattooing!” – Fabrice koch
This year, Mallorca witnessed the third edition of the Traditional Tattoo and World Culture Festival (TTWCF). For those of you who are unaware of this majestic festival, TTWCF is a one-of-its-kind experience that celebrates the roots of our traditional tattooing and indigenous cultures. In an age and time where commercial tattooing has reached a post modern stage, it is important to have a festival like this that celebrates the fundamental essence of tattooing, and indigenous cultures, life systems.
The week-long event was attended by hundreds of artists and performers from different parts of the world. So, we caught up with Fabrice Koch, a brilliant tattoo artist from Germany, who is an absolute master of graphic abstraction, and one of the attendees of this year’s TTWCF, on his experience of this gathering.
This was also Fabrice’s first time at the festival, and he fell in love with it. “This was my first time attempting the TTWCF, but I hope I’m not gonna miss it the next years! The festival is the biggest gathering of traditional tattooists, coming from all over the world. From the Polynesian islands, New Zealand, Tahiti, Japan, Canada, Borneo, Indonesia, Mexico and many more… The days and evenings were beyond wonderful for us. From rich cultural programs and workshops going on, to dances, performed music, the array of activities was bewitching.”
From the likes of Lars Krutak (well-known tattoo anthropologist) to Xed Le Head, the lineup of artists and culture influencers was illustrious, to say the least. As Fabrice told us, “Lars Krutak had lectures, Rob Henry showed his documentary about living amongst the Mentawai tribesmen in Indonesia. His film is about the whole aspect of Mentawai life, and wants to help protecting this tribe from getting exploited by the perils of our modern society.
Xed Le Head, the dotwork legend, was there tattooing and talking about his point of view of how the tattooing scene has changed into a very commercial business in the last few years, and also shared his tattoo knowledge.”
“It is fine that nowadays tattoos are becoming mainstream, but I see that a lot of tattooists are not even interested in the culture behind it, most if them are just seeking fame and glory. For tattoo lovers, it could be a unique event to get an eye on the diversity of traditional tattoos worldwide – and all of that in one spot. Besides the tattoos, the programme was as rich and diverse as the tattoos themselves. Traditional dances and performances, as well as punk bands to Spanish flamenco ensemble. Amazing local fire shows.”
From all that Fabrice has to say, DAMN! We have to be there next year. What about you?