Veteran French graffiti writer FUZI UV TPK was a force on the Parisian subway system. On the streets, he pioneered a distinct, personal look—coined, "Ignorant Style." The same brutal approach employed with spray can and pen informs FUZI's unique take on tattooing. Like his outdoor painting, FUZI's indelible marks on skin carry ironic statements rendered in direct graphics.
In the last few months, FUZI's fame as a tattooer has grown. He took over The Hole Shop for his first appearance in NYC back in September. Last month, in Paris, FUZI caused a stir by tattooing Scarlet Johansson. With the Internet buzzing, critics wondered if the fashion cognoscenti had fostered a new love affair with DIY tattoo and naive imagery.
Complex caught up with FUZI for an exclusive interview about art, tattooing, and violence.
Where in Paris are you from?
In the suburbs of Paris, Val-d’Oise, 95.
My friends and I were wild and without rules, and I wanted to create a style that expressed something free.
How did you discover graffiti? When did you start painting?
My parents divorced when I was young, and afterward, I lived alone with my father, in a distant suburb of Paris. Our home was 100 meters from a train station, with big yards, and I explored it all the time, it was like a magic place for me, and this is where I discovered graffiti. I saw names written inside and outside of the trains, and it was the beginning of the end for me.
You created a form of graffiti called “Ignorant Style,” which goes against the style rules of traditional graffiti. When did you create “Ignorant Style”? What influenced you to create it? Can you describe its meaning?
My friends and I were wild and without rules, and I wanted to create a style that expressed something free. Ignorant Style was based on how graffiti looked in the beginning in NYC, and it was meant to look like it was made by a child who is just learning the art form—naïve but pure. Ignorant Style is a reaction to the standardization of graffiti. You write your name how you want, where you want, and fuck the rest. There are no rules.