Mo Ganji masterfully creates one continuous line tattoos that are unlike anything else. The Iran-born and Berlin-based artist says it’s easier to “add and add” than to work with limited tools and create something basic. As a result of his ideologies his tattoos appear simplistic but are actually full of complexities—kind of like life in general!
In an interview with Tattrx Ganji said, “My [former] career was based on values I don’t believe in. A lot of people are in a similar situation, but nowadays … they’d rather live a ‘safe’ life with a ‘safe’ income and they are willing to sell their beliefs and their freedom for it…”
Ganji worked in the fast-paced fashion industry but after extensively traveling for work and seeing where and how most clothing is produced he couldn’t do it anymore. “It took some years to realize what we are doing to those people on the other side on the world. And once you realize it, there are two ways of dealing with it. Either you care, or you don’t.”
The artist adds: “The reason I started tattooing is because I do care.”
Ganji has given up living safely and instead strives to live the most authentic life possible. “Painting, drawing and Tattooing gives me inner peace, because it feels natural to me. I need that peace, because it feels like the older I get, the sicker I get of the world around me.”