Kimon Haitoglou

People - Issue 17

Hi, my name is Kimon and I am twenty-six. I live in Plaka and I have a weakness for quadrupeds that piss from their joy and two legs that their strong point is their eyebrows I started playing music at a very young age with a piano that was my sister’s and a whistle in his mouth. Later the musical Middle School / High School came with violin in classical orchestra and guitar in Jazz and phonetics, which I loved the most, because I liked to become hoarse. Whatever! Then I studied music technology - sound recording at SAE and IEK Domi.

My relationship with tattoo and piercing started when I was about fourteen, when I saw Jamie Hewlett’s “Tank Girl”, where the comic character had pierced ears and nose, and generally a style that “disarm”. I never wanted to make a symbolic tattoo because I think that I am a quite unconventional man and I have paid it dearly.

So in 2009 I started working in Berlin Tattoo where I walked well on the subject in general and my eyes were opened until strong north wind blew and brought me very recently little further south, the Ritual Tattoo where we have a wonderful cooperation! We laugh a lot and this is important for me.  

I love my tattoos so much, especially my black arm, which has an antiracist denotation and of course “Tsapatsoulis” in my left butt chick who I sang when I was small, on my golden years. Lately I think I might get tattooed the "Kimon and his Gang" logo on my, in order to close the dilogy.

Plus, I intend to do a tattoo project with beautiful blackness that I guard for surprise my mother. I hope that she will take it. 

Thank you HeartbeatInk for our conversation, Ino for the photos and patience and my dog waiting hungry for a long time - especially him.

Name: Kimon Haitoglou
Profession: Body Piercer.
Residence: Plaka / Anafiotika / localismn #the space is not enough.

How many tattoos do you have? 

I don’t know, many (?). 

Which artist(s) did your tattoos? 

My good pal Lazaros (Ritual), my other good pal Flessas, Dio, Thanos, Jaman the man, Deathpop, Cido, Tolle', Megas and some others, I forget. 

Which tattoo is your first and which one was your latest? 

A little devil with horns (I did it my self for fun). Olé.

Which tattoo is your favourite and why? 

“Mogli?” because of my dog, and the foot on my palm.
Which tattoo artist do you admire? 

This huge guy with the veins that pop out. I don’t remember his name.

Which tattoo style do you like best? 

Trash. I find it romantic.

Do you regret getting any of your tattoos, if so why? 

Yeah, instead of “rawrrr” on my finger, it should have said «niaou» or «gav».

Have you done a cover up and if so what exactly? 

La la la la la la ye ye ye ye ye.

Have tattoos affected your life? If so, in what way?  

I’ll think about it when I reach 100.

Do you have an activity of yours that you would like to mention? 

Surf, Music and tough tavli on the balcony. And ninja.

Photos by Ino Mei.