A warm welcome to Alex and Siobhan from Sublim Tattoo, a tattoo shop set up in 2006 in Épernay, the “home of champagne”. Let’s find out together about how they and their tattoos got to where they are today…
Hi Alex and Sobhian, would you like to introduce yourself and your studio to our readers?
Alex: Hi, I’m Alex Mansuy, I’m 33 years old and I started tattooing back in 2006 with my master Franck Rougerie in the south of France. Then I moved through Europe, living in London, Berlin and then Madrid before coming to Epernay to join Siobhan in her tattoo shop.
Siobhan: Hi, I’m Siobhan Darch, I’m 31 years old, and I started tattooing back in 2006 in Reims.
When did you open Sublim Tattoos and what are the best memories about you two working together?
Alex: Sio opened the shop back in 2008 and I joined her in 2016. Our best memories… there are so many, but we would say all our trips together to conventions in so many countries…
Let’s talk about your style: how would you define it in just three words?
Alex: football ultras realism
Siobhan: fantasy colourful realism
What are your favourite subjects?
Alex: football/ultra/hooligan stuff
Siobhan: flowers, animals
What are the most requested ones?
Alex: football or movie things
Siobhan: mostly floral stuff (laughs)
How do you manage to plan the right tattoo with your clients?
Alex and Sio: we usually take an appointment with our client to speak about the subject and ask him to bring some references to see what he likes. Then we take a picture of the area I have to work on then we prepare the project either on Photoshop or by hand depending on what we have to do… our working method is really similar (Sio’s and mine)
From the idea to the achievement of the final results: what are the stages in the piece?
Alex and Sio: Well, preparing the design, showing it to the customer and modifying some stuff if I have to, then applying the stencil and executing the tattoos of course.
How are things going at the moment in Epernay?
Alex and Sio: We’re the only shop for the past 12 years in town. We are 44 residents artists and 1 body piercer receptionist… Of course, we also have some regular guests from around Europe.
What do you feel the future holds for you?
Alex and Sio: Right now we can’t really say because of the virus, but our plans were to move back to Madrid and open a shop there. But at the moment everything is on a stand by.
Is there anything you want to add before we sign off?
To all our friends in the tattoo industry: stay strong throughout this crisis! And see you at the next conventions!