Hi my name is Tibor `Tibi` Szalai, I`m a tattoo artist born in Hungary, but now working and living in Munich/ Germany. I`m tattooing for around 13 years now without any apprenticeship – it was all learning by doing. Originally I was a normal painter not even thinking about tattooing, but already interested in drawing and art (besides painting walls in a bright white.
15 years ago a buddy of mine asked me to try tattooing, cause he knew I was good in those art things. To this day, I never thought about tattooing, but from this moment, it was all i could think about. So 2 years later, when I got my first salary, I instantly bought a tattoo machine. Now I was tattooing as a hobby besides working as a painter, until I got so much clients, that I could live from only tattooing. Until 2010 I worked in Hungary, until a old friend of mine asked me to come for a guest spot to the shop in Munich where he was working at. They were so happy with my work, and I was feeling so comfortable there, that I moved there in 2011 and now I am a resident artist in this shop.
I am traveling all around the world for some guest spots and conventions and I already won some prizes in Frankfurt (Germany), Zwickau (Germany), Curacao, Transylvania, India, Borneo, Vienna (Austria), Budapest (Hungary) and Liechtenstein for example. In general I am specialized in doing realistic tattoos for around 4 years and started using Bishop Rotary machines around 3 years ago, which totally put my work on another level. But if there is a cool idea I am open for every kind of tattoo, like biomech, comic, 3D etc.
So this is my story, and if you are wondering why I have no tattoo yet, but a small tear on my finger: I had simply no time for it til now But let`s see what the future brings.