Iranian-born tattoo artist Mo Ganji explains that it is “[his] goal to create simple images with a strong impact” — words that reflect the life of an unassuming man from humble beginnings, a man who has grown to make a profound impact on his community and the world. In an interview with tattrx, we are allowed insight to the creative thought process from which Ganji’s remarkable designs are borne. On his personal website, Ganji emphasizes that there is “one universal form of energy” and this mantra has inspired the tattoo artist’s creative and distinct style.
This Berlin-based tattoo artisan of sorts specializes in adorning continuous lines to create a rather simple, yet bold mark on his client. Continuous line art utilizes a single line that you can follow from beginning to end to form an entire drawing; the creative talent masterfully constructs black-and-white portraits of animals and people with a single line. Ganji’s elegant designs prove that stunning tattoos do not necessarily require a multitude of color nor various detail to be featured. His minimalistic style yet captures the essence of his subjects, alternating between bold and softer strokes, giving character and breathing life to his pieces. Not only does Ganji embellish his artwork on the canvas of his client’s skin, but as a truly multifaceted artist, he has begun lending his art form to a series of prints, dubbed the Nepal Lines. Inspired by the devastating events of the two April Nepal earthquakes, the creative mind’s work (90% of the Nepal Lines’ sales) will provide benefit to the ongoing relief efforts in Nepal.
“For ‘Nepal Lines’, the line expresses a hard contrast between a predator’s skull and the most peaceful of all creatures, a flower. The three dots, which symbolize body, mind and soul, serve to recover the balance of the line, or the flowing energy. In a final step, I applied black tea, from Nepal, on the flowers. The warm gold-brown color of the tea symbolizes the generous spirit of the region and the people there.”
Truly aligning with his “less is more” mentality, which is often replicated with his minimalistic body of work and design, Ganji reflected upon the Nepal disaster with a unique perspective:
“What really got me is the fact that this happened in a place where people don’t have the technical capability to get back on their feet like we do in the west. I saw the pictures, and my first thought was, “why them? …I think even though they have less than we do, [as an impoverished, politically unstable, developing nation], they might also have more than we do because they live in harmony with the environment… So my second thought was, “what can I do?” And the easiest thing is to send money. But instead of sending 500 Euro, I thought it would be smarter to invest 500 Euro into an art project, so I could send 5000 Euro, instead.”
If you are interested in more of his work, you may follow him on his Instagram page.