Swatch & Art 2012 Fall Winter
Water-resistance: 3 Bar
Ø: 41,00 mm
L: 9,85 mm
H: 47,40 mm
Tin-Tin explains his design inspirations:
"I was very proud that Swatch proposed this collaboration because, to me, it represents a very stylish brand which is constantly developing and always outstanding with its innovations. For me, Swatch upholds the reputation and reliability of Swiss watches, but does so in an affordable way, without being uptight or elitist. My inspirations were, naturally, my style of tattoos that I have realized quite often and quite well symbolize myself in their graphics. These are, of course, timeless, quickly identifiable and immutable drawings: examples of tattoo art in the collective unconscious."
Swatch & Art
Born near Paris in 1965, Tin-Tin is today one of the most well respected tattoo artists in the world, with a special gift for creating hyper-realist and Japanese-inspired tattoos. Remarkably, he is self taught, having started his tattooing career back in 1984, during military service in Berlin. Tin-Tin gradually developed a distinctive style all of his own, drawing wildly-varied inspiration from illustrations and art books, rather than clichéd tattoo imagery of the era. Right from the outset, he travelled all around the world, in order to meet with and learn from the best tattooists. His early works subsequently stunned those whom saw them, such was their almost-photographic perfection. Having elevated tattooing to a new level of artistry - thereby boosting the reputation of the profession - Tin-Tin eventually co-founded the National Union of Artists Tattooists (SNAT) in 2003, and remains president of this organization today. Tin-Tin's legendary status as a tattoo artist has ensured he is not only constantly in demand with his own clients - many of whom are famous faces from the worlds of fashion, film and music - but also as a collaborator with Haute Couture brands, revered fashion photographers and for editorial and advertising commissions galore. He has appeared in minor film roles and various TV shows about tattooing, but despite his huge success and talent, Tin-Tin is a down-to-earth guy who likes to never take himself too seriously.