Tattoos Are Not Perfect: Interview with Chaim Machlev
It was a sunny Monday afternoon when we met up with Chaim Machlev (DotsToLines). He got a quick bite and then met us on his studio doorstep. The neighborhood was beautiful—full of trees and soothing bird chirps.
His studio was setup in a basement with gold-patterned wallpaper and framed music posters (much of which he illustrated) on the walls, and soft music played in the background. We sat on his couch and he asked how long the interview would be, it was intended for 15 minutes, yet we had such a pleasant time talking that it lasted an hour.
Machlev is a native of Israel and left his home in 2012 to become a tattooer in Berlin—he struggled to get a door open to get his chance in the industry. He got to the point that he had no money and was donating blood, living off of 14 Euros a week. He believed in his dream and worked very hard to make it happen … today, he is considered one of the most successful, praised tattooers in the world; a perfectionist who is known for his elegant and minimalist line and dot work.
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