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Kore Flatmo Interview

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Scott Sylvia

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Up until this point, everyone I have interviewed has been a friend or acquaintance. When I was getting ready to do the Tim Hendricks interview, I spoke with my friend Demian Cane. "Since you're coming down, you should do Flatmo, too." Now I have seen a lot of Kore Flatmo's work and I've always loved it, but I've never so much as even seen a picture of him, let alone had a heart to heart conversation. Demian took matters into his own hands and called him. One phone call later, I was sick to my stomach with nerves. I am not what anyone would call a social butterfly, I have anxiety beyond a doubt. I am only 100% comfortable at two times, when I am tattooing, and when I am in my home. All I can do is think of how I don't know the guy and how awkward it will be, and how could I possibly do a good interview if I don't know what to ask? Seriously. Well, lets say when I met him it was a surprise, the general size of the man. I was not expecting a big dude since his tattoos have such a gentle sense about them. Kore was really easy to talk to, very well spoken, and had strong opinions, which is a quality that I love in people. Strong opinions, to me, signify a strong character. Whether that has any validity, who knows, but that's what I believe. After a few minutes, it became clear that Kore is as prolific in his words as he is in his tattooing, and I was able to see where the gentleness in his work originates. This interview turned out to be single handedly the easiest one I have ever done. I hope that his words bring a huge smile to your face, as they did to mine.

Thanks again Kore for your graciousness, and thank you Danny Dringerberg for letting me do this at your place. LST viewers, you are in for a treat.

Scott

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpqwCuwGPtI

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I'm going to watch when I get off work I just wanted to add it would be cool to see some photos of the artists' work along with the interviews!

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with cincinnati being close by, we occasionally get someone coming through the shop that has some of kore's work and each and every time it is distinct and impressive. it's a whole different experience than seeing a photo or being at a convention when you see loads of people with nice tattoos. the impact is measurable and it's really something to see a tattoo from literally across the room and be blown away by it. thanks for posting the interview, great stuff as always.

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ryan I know what you mean, I had no real idea who tim hendricks was (just heard his name mentioned on here several times) I saw the interview with scott and was instantly a fan. I googled him and found I had about half of my idea folder filled with his stuff.

I watced the kore interview early this morning and looked at his work online and thought damn ! my list of guys and girls I want work from is growing too fast. Kore flatmos work is awesome and just like tim I love his attitude and I want to make a trip to ohio(never thought I would say that)

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I remember ITA did a profile on him like 10yrs.ago,and i really liked the way he blended realism with asian work.In the interview he said he was going to do some guest spot's in the New York area.I called him up to inquire about when he would be visiting,and about possibly getting tattooed.But after talking with him,i was turned off by him.He wanted to know what artists tattooed me.And he said you know i only do big pieces.I felt like he was interviewing me to see if i was good enough to be tattooed by him.But after watching the video,i have to say it was probably my favorite interview so far.It seems like he's a different person than the dude i talked with awhile ago.

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I only got halfway thru before being interrupted but excellent stuff. Just the way he operates and general attitude and disposition about tattooing are fascinating to me can't wait to finish this up.

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Another great interview with some insightful ideas.

I love the format of these interviews, with no editing or agenda it's a joy to watch. They're testament to Scott's respect for the subjects and his skill as an interviewer.

i'm looking forward to the next one.

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Kore's interview spoke for itself and then some. What a great tattooer, what a great interview, what a great human being. Good job Scott, good job Kore, thanks for bringing something positive to the table of tattooing.

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Great interview!! The video is great , love being able to see the person talk , a sincere man there!!

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These videos are really inspiring to watch and to gain incite from. I think that every tattooer out there has experienced burn out and self doubt to some degree. To hear others that have been in the industry as long as you have talk about how they cope with burn out and find inspiration to keep pushing the envelope is so helpful.

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After 27 years in Tattooing . I have heard of Kore and he was just south of me nit I was always to busy trying to make Living to look at Forums and now that I am in the middle of a break from the business, looking to redifine my way of working , Ihave to say I found this interveiw very impressive . Seems like a really good guy.

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