It isn’t easy to square up to Zola, Renoir and Gabin,
but renowned tattoo artist Stéphane Chaudesaigues
decided to step up to the mark in 2006. The novels of these
great men invoke
the idea of a naturalistic masterpiece, and Stéphane
Chaudesaigues has brought this way of thinking
to his own artwork.
Critics have also
praised the epic dimensions of the work. Just one look at
the imposing pieces
created by our tattoo artists, inspires a profound and magical
sense of the extraordinary.
The mechanical power,
so brilliantly symbolized by Zola’s ‘La Lison’,
the steam train owned by
the character Jacques Lantier in Zola’s novel, finds
its place at La Bête humaine in the
tattoo machines, ready to make your wildest dreams come
shop in the belly of Paris.
La Bête Humaine
is a tattoo shop in Paris, hidden away in a little street
in the Marais, one of
the quaintest and most beautiful parts of the city. If you
turn left, however, you will come face to
face with the world-famous Centre Pompidou art gallery,
standing proud in the very center of Paris.
In this perfectly-located tattoo shop in “the belly
of Paris”, as famously coined by Zola, we find Stéphane
Chaudesaigues, the well-known, world-renowned, multi-facetted
tattoo artist who fights tooth and nail for his work and
for professional tattoo artists.
and Partage association
Chaudesaigues is not just the man voted Tattoo Artist of
the Year by the prestigious American National Tattoo Association.
He is also the chairman of an association dedicated to the
world of tattoos – Tatouage
& Partage. His passion, his work, his art, his life.
Sharing knowledge is the association’s first objective,
and thanks to the world-class French and international tattoo
artists filling up the guest list, the seminars organized
by the association regularly attract an audience of curious
objective is to defend professional tattoo artists against
the numerous threats
surrounding them. In 2013 the association proved its mettle
in the fight against the ban
on color tattoo ink, and even succeeded in convincing French
senators and experts to
intervene at the French Ministry
to make tattooing an official professional status
The final objective
of Tatouage & Partage is to teach an up and coming generation
of tattoo artists
in a sector whose political and social standing is somewhat
frowned upon, if not a taboo.
The association strives to give the tattoo artists of tomorrow
a true, professional education,
and one of Stéphane Chaudesaigues’ key goals
is to make the government
recognize tattooing as an official professional status.
Festival du Tatouage de Chaudes-Aigues
heard of the name Chaudesaigues, it’s probably thanks
to the out-of-the-ordinary tattoo convention organized every
July by Stéphane Chaudesaigues – the Cantal
In’k the Skin tattoo convention, also known as the Festival
International du Tatouage de Chaudes-Aigues
summertime festival in the name of tattoos
principle is to celebrate tattoos in all their forms in
the little French village of
Chaudes-Aigues, home to the famous Source du Par thermal
springs. Families and friends come together under the summer
sun and in a breathtaking setting. The Festival du Tatouage
Chaudes-Aigues gives you the chance to meet French and international
tattoo artists while
enjoying live music, local produce and a variety of shows
This is without a doubt the tattooing event not to be missed!
huge thank you to Laurian Roo for his interpretation and
vision of the next Festival
du Tatouage de Chaudes-Aigues.
This year we have kept the same theme of the Source du Par
thermal springs, the symbol of
Chaudes-Aigues. This little village welcomes our community
every year to spend a few
days relaxing and enjoying tattoos. The dialogue between
fellow artists and colleagues shows
that our little world of tattoos is jam-packed with different
talents and ideas, with rich variety of personal contributions.
When Stéphane Chaudesaigues decided to popularize
his beloved art, he also had professional
tattoo artists in mind. His association Tatouage & Partage
helps to spread the word, and the Chaudesaigues
the best tattoo artists on the circuit every year.
tattoo artists James Kern and Matteo Pasqualin
the first to be honored
The focal point of
this trophy is to honor the career and artistic choices
of a tattoo artist,
not just a single piece of work. James Kern and Matteo Pasqualin
were the first two talented
winners, and we’re waiting for the third ! If you
are interested, all you need to do is sign up
and present the skills honed over your career to a jury.
blog and three addresses
Want to find
out more about Stéphane Chaudesaigues, the tattoo
artist specialized in realistic tattoos and founding member
of the company Graphicaderme
? on his blog,
he talks about his
and the people he has met, his fondest memories and angriest
rants. And if you are looking for a trusted, talented tattoo
artist, here are three places you can find him: :