I’m Mashkow, a tattoo artist from Russia based in New York in the tattoo shop L.O.V.E. Machine. I got into tattooing by accident. My friend just brought tattoo equipment and asked me to finish work and that’s how I first touched the skin. I had problems with the customers in Russia. They do not understand why I do good portraits but fucked up with the signs and words and stuff like that… I just choose everything I like and put it all together: graffiti, faces, and some creepy stuff. I have an art education. I was supposed to be a teacher of art…but it never happened.