25-year-old Parisian Delphin Musquet started his career as a skater, grinding on the streets of Paris, before being inspired to pick up the needle and start creating his own DIY tattoos for friends. Now a sought-after tattoo artist, Delphin’s practice is all done on his own body, with his many distinctive tattoos all being self-drawn. We selected the multi-talented Mr. Musquet to wear the 1490 Alt in our new campaign, read on to find out more about Delphin…
How did you first discover tattooing?
I first kind of discovered tattoos from this old skateboard movement called “Piss Drunx” that I used to worship. “The Piss Drunx were a ragtag group of skaters known for their extreme and unorthodox skate style, as well as their excessive drinking, as the name implies. [They were] known to have a lot of tattoos on themselves, including the main one which was their logo “PD”.
[From there] I started to get tattooed but it was probably 5 years after my first tattoo that I decided to buy the cheapest tattoo machine to tattoo myself and my friends in my room while partying. It was fun but didn’t last long.
I decided to buy the cheapest tattoo machine to tattoo myself and my friends in my room while partying. It was fun.
Two years later one of my friends wanted a tattoo so I pulled the machine out again and did it for him, and I remembered how much fun it was. Then another friend requested a drawing for a tattoo, so I pretty much started drawing for the first time then, and never stopped since. Tattooing is so much fun.
What was your big career break?
So far I wouldn’t say I had a career break as I’m pretty much no one in this industry, the number of people tattooing and being ridiculously good at it is so impressive. But getting an apprenticeship at a well-known studio, Vagabond Tattoo Studio in London, was for me probably one of my happiest moments and proudest achievement, as I got to draw for, like, a year. I worked hard for it and got it.
Tattooing reminds me a lot of skateboarding, in the way it gives you freedom but it’s hard work.
What is it that you love about tattoos?
Tattooing reminds me a lot of skateboarding, in the way it gives you freedom but it’s hard work. You’re free to do what ever you want in your drawings but tattooing is never going to be easy. The thrill of it is the best thing. In my surroundings all my mates have tattoos, so now being able to tattoo makes me happy as I can sort out all of my mates easily. Friends are everything.
Work hard, no other advice. Hard work always pays.
Do you have any advice for someone wanting to break into the industry?
Work hard, no other advice. Work always pays.
Where’s your favourite place in the world?
Home, there’s no place like home. And probably anywhere next to a lake, beach or river, I love to chill next to water.
How do you feel when you wear Dr. Martens?
I feel damn good, I’ve always liked the brand, Doc’s are probably some of the best shoes made. They look good and they’re comfy, what else [do you need]?
What do you stand for?
My friends and family, no doubt. And anyone smart and kind. I try to make my life better to then help people close to me.