David Schiesser

The Offenbach am Main-based David Schiesser is a very talented (tattoo-)artist of only 25 years old. He recently opened a small private tattoo studio where he works at least two days in the week, with the rest of the days focussed on his free work and preparations for exhibitions. After graduating in visual communication at the HfG of Main in the city of Offenbach he’s been working hard and slowly getting his work out, through his two main outlets. And even now he still follows the advice from renowned mentors, famous artist Manfred Stumpf and like-wise known graphic designer Eike König, who support Schiesser in his endeavors. His drawings show typical tattoo-aesthetic elements although in some work one even gets a sense of medieval artwork. Schiesser draws in ligne claire, reducing his work to the bare essentials, in which the artist succeeds to infuse a lot of personality through his unconventional juxtapositioning and overal subject choices. His main inspiration in these choices are the human body and its coexistence with technical expansion: how the sense of body have or will transform in the future.

I was always fascinated by drawing and painting, in fact every kind of genre which allows you to explain your thoughts in pictures.

David Schiesser was born in Frankfurt am Main in 1989, where he grew up in a close-by town. Soon after finishing his studies at the HfG of Main he started tattooing, which changed his view on how and more importantly where to draw. As soon as his horizon was stretched, Schiesser moved from paper to skin, murals, cuttings and everything he would find a good fit for his work. Style-wise the introduction of tattooing also had a significant effect on the artist, mostly through reduction, making Schiesser strive for the richest possible story to tell, with as little lines as possible. His biggest inspirations for his work lay in human history, for instance the masters of the Romantic Medieval epoch have inspired Schiesser how to draw simple images without losing rhythm, which he applies to portray his vision on contemporary issues.

Everyone can interpret a drawing, which makes it very democratic. The corelations between lines, with complex parts and more silent parts, giving the whole thing a kind of poetry. I really see drawing like playing music sometimes.

Keep an eye on this highly talented youngster!

For more information and more beautiful work by David see here.