Nille has been a huge inspiration for me within the tattoo scene. Always in a great mood and always humble, I’m glad to call him my friend.
How would your parents describe you using only five words?
He is a nice dude.
Which studio do you have to visit to get tattooed by you?
Mainly Speakeasy Tattoo Parlour and also Sanctum Tattoo or Studio Blanco Tattoo.
Where are you from and where did you grow up?
Born and raised in Stockholm.
How did you enter the tattoo industry, for how long have you been tattooing?
I was the shop assistant at East Street Tattoo from 1998 and I started tattooing there a few years after that.
What other jobs, besides tattooing have you had?
Mailman and credit manager.
Where did you do your internship and at what other studios have you been working?
I did my internship at East Street Tattoo and after that I worked at KingCarlos Tattoo. Then I started Salvation Tattoo which I had for eight years.
What is the best thing about being a tattoo artist?
It is a very good way to express creativity and meet nice people, both colleagues and customers.
How would you describe your style?
Minimalistic, bold and straightforward.
Where do you find your influences? Other artists, movies, books etc?
A lot from nature. I mostly do animal designs or flora. Besides that other artists and photography.
Is there any sort of tattoo, style or otherwise, which you prefer doing above others?
With the years it has grown into a situation where I mainly only make tattoos of my own designs. I feel very lucky about that.
Is there any one memory which you consider your best tattoo memory?
Do you have a worst tattoo memory?
I guess going to San Francisco in the late 90s and getting tattooed by a lot of my idols in the trade, i.e. Scott Sylvia, Juan Puente and a few years later Eddy Deutsche, great memories. I was also very prod the day that my two apprentices, Carl Vänman and Eric Olsson could call themselves tattooers.
What would you say are some do’s and don’ts in a tattoo shop?
Be open to that tattooer´s advice. Don´t bring a lot o friends, they usually have a lot of opinions and you are the one who will live with your tattoo
Do you have a favorite tattooer or someone who you look up to?
I admire all the tattooers I worked with throughout the years, but to name a few I would say Inge Norlin, Charlie Nilsson, Calle Corson and Doc Forest.
What do you think is unique about the Swedish tattoo scene?
I think the scene here is very educated, both on the artists and the customers side. The customers know what they want and from whom. That makes it all easier.
What do you do to grow as a tattoo artist?
I try to be open to other ways to express myself creatively and that makes me more focused and sure of the way I design my motifs.
Do you have any favorite tattoo convention within Sweden?
It has been a few years since I worked a convention, but I would say that Stockholm Ink bash is my favorite.
Last but not least, is there any Swedish tattoo artist you would like me to interview next?
Joel Madberg, Klara Meri and Henric Nielsen.
Thank you Nille for being a part of the Swedish Tattoo Society.
Speakeasy Tattoo Parlour , Sanctum Tattoo
& Studio Blanco Tattoo.