Art. The only vessel that enables one to express themselves freely. Pouring them in canvases, walls, and for some people – to some extent in their body. Words and pictures painted on their skin to immortalize a memory; ways that a picture can’t even do. A piece of memory, a fragment of your identity that you carry whenever you go. Tattoos. Vincentius Aditya is a local celebrated tattoo artist whose works of art are known by many. Wanna get tattooed by him? Well, make sure to make an appointment months prior. Lucky for Letter F, we managed to squeeze in to peer through his life.
Coming from 9livespoke tattoo studio, Adit specializes in handpoke tattoos. Essentially, it’s considered as back-to-basics method with non-electric approach. Done freestyling with needle and inks, it can look distinctively stunning when executed by a pro. And by pro, naturally goes to Adit. To him, making tattoos is one of his stress-reliever moments, so when he takes time in making, trust us, he gladly invests his time to carve the perfect memory in your body. He started to learn tattoomaking from Nadya Natassya, a well-know tattoo artist in town, few years ago. He chose to learn handpoke tattoo as his specialty because the result shows a natural and raw drawing. But being a tattoo isn’t only Adit’s forte. He is also the Creative Manager in a retail company, the owner and Creative Director of Paradise Youth Club, and the owner of Yelo Eatery restaurant.
The brand that got talked about since being featured by Hypebeast. Share us how did you start it all?
“Paradise Youth Club was established since three years ago, during the boredom period of my office working hours. I used to work in a retail company for 6 years and throughout the years, I started to learn about what market wants. So I tried to develop the market’s demand into something fun. That’s why I made Paradise Youth Club, to channel my honest ideas and notions. It was hard at first but I projected PYC as a state of mind, where people have a different mind from others. I created Paradise Youth Club as my safe haven to be creative and develop things that I like. I don’t even need anybody’s approval to create.”
Can we further talk about Paradise Youth Club being featured in Hypebeast?
“My main goal for Paradise Youth Club is going international, that’s why I chose to opt the unusual theme for our collection, I just feel blessed. I want my work and effort to be known internationally. For example, for PYC’s last collection, I used ‘mind benders’ as the theme, I talked about how cunning the media can be. They kept on showing the bad side of the world, the negative ones. I find it ironic. With that in mind, I carried an explicit message about how (the media) can actually be as bad as drugs.”
As a tattoo artist, creative director and manager, how do you manage your time though?
“I can’t asnwer, to be honest (laughs). I like my job enough to make me feel that I do fun things to keep me ecstatic. So I don’t think it as difficult to manage my time between them three.”
What other type of business would you like to explore?
“Up until now, I think that’s enough. But I do like managing a restaurant because it won’t die in this digital era, food can’t be digitalized, right? Moreover, people’s interest in food is still pretty huge to explore.”
Talking about tattoos, what is the misconception about tattoo in our society that people often put a label on it?
“I had them years ago, gradually, people’s judgment towards tattoo having bad rep is slowly decreasing. People are starting to appreciate tattoo as an art. I got myself a tattoo since I was in high school circa 2001. And after I graduated, I got an ink on my arms, got the odd stare from people around me. The stigma in our society where tattoed people are bad guys really need to be erased. At this time, anyone can have a tattoo.”
Personally, what is the true meaning of tattoo for you?
“For me personally, tattoo can be counted as a way to reminiscence. Because sometimes I made tats with hidden meanings. Tattoo can also be a way of you having a very happy moment and you want to memorize it through inks on your body so you can remember it all the time. Besides, tatttoo is your identity. It’s a statement about who we are.”
Since you have a lot of tattooes all around your body, what is your favorite tattoo?
“It’s one of my favorite inks and it has a deep meaning; my hourglass tattoo made in Bali, in 2007. The hourglass is like a symbol that life won’t wait and every second of your life is worth it, so you better fill it with useful things. The other one is a ‘game over’ words where it was my turning point in life that I had to grow up and stopped playing around. But the most meaningful tattoo is none other that my daugthers’ name.”
Do you think a tattoo artist has a bigger chance to be accepted in our society?
“Obviously. Looking at the society nowadays, we can see that being a tattoo artist can already be accepted in our community. Even there are a lot of tattoo artists in Jakarta only who are fully booked till next year. Drawing from that fact alone, we can conclude that people’s enthusiasm is big enough for tattoo. I can see a huge demand for tattoo artist in the next years to come.”
Editor: Galuh Tathya
Writer: Adhinda Latifa
Photographer: Mario Raymond Bully
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