Born in Lausanne in 1978, Maxime studied psychology at the University of Lausanne and Graphic Design and at the ECAL. He then lived in Zurich, Paris, and London where he worked as graphic designer for studios and magazines such as NORM, North Design, Self Service Magazine, Arena Homme+. In 2006, Maxime apprenticed as tattoo artist under Filip Leu in Lausanne then moved to London where he currently works as a tattoo artist, creative director, and publisher.
Hometown: Lausanne, Switzerland
Currently live in: London UK
Favorite clothing brands: Givenchy, Boris Bidjan Saberi, Damir Doma, Nike, Komakino, Cassette Playa, and KTZ. I also wear a lot of the things we produce in collaboration with Alias One and I want to shout out my friends from Pyrex, Marcelo Burlon, Pigalle, and Shirts and Destroy for the amazing work they're putting in. I rock their stuff all the time.
A snapshot of your life as an artist—childhood memories, schooling etc. How did you arrive at the place you are now? Not long ago, I was saving up to buy the "Fear of a Black Planet" LP and for a subscription to Thrasher Magazine. Oh wait. That was 25 years ago.
Describe the work you’re most well-known for: Sang Bleu. It is my manifesto.
Describe the work you’re most proud of:I am proud of everything. Or nothing. Pride is not a very interesting emotion to me. I am proud to have found a way to be happy.
What kinds of tools do you use (specific pencils, ink etc)? Macbook air 12'' (AI, PS), tracing paper, pencils, tracing markers, iphone
Analog vs digital in your work, how do they work together if at all? They totally work together. Nonstop.
Describe your work space and the daily routine of your working life? I don’t really have fixed routines or work spaces beyond the tattooing. I work everywhere. On my phone, on my computer, on train, buses, cafés, in my bed.
When and how did you begin tattooing? What about that art or act of working inspires other disciplines or projects? I started 4 years ago. It came as the conclusion of a long route to a craft that gathers all the things I studied and did before. It allows me to really put in practice most of my interests and abilities. From illustration, art, illustration, graphic design, business, psychology, etc.
Some things that are inspiring you right now: Joseph Beuys. The news. Technology. Paganism.
What’s behind the images in the art for Capsule? I created mandalas and patterns based on scans of used tattoo stencils. They are more interesting than simple tracings or photocopies because they have that nice rugged aspect that photocopied stuff get, but not through a filter. It is a real process, the applying to the skin with the intent of tattooing, which creates the blurriness and grain. It carries a real story and value with it. Some people might even recognize their own tattoos!
Upcoming projects or exhibitions:has been invited by Mr Burrichter, the publisher of Pin-Up—which was always a huge inspiration for me—to take part in a big exhibition of magazines called, "PAPER WEIGHT: Genre Defining Magazines 2000–NOW." I am particularly honored and happy about this. I am also working on some big art direction projects that I am stoked about but I can't reveal anything now. I will as soon as I am authorized to. I also have collaborated with Alister Carr on two seasons for McQ, the results of which should come out this summer and this winter.