Seven Doors Tattoo, based in London’s East End, is home to one of the most experimental American Traditional style tattooers on the scene right now and he’s known simply as Teide.
Real name Mario Teide, the Spanish born London-based artist is responsible for some of the most surreal tattoos you will have ever seen.
His psychedelic style is heavily influenced by the traditional, Japanese and graphic styles of tattooing. Similar to that of traditional, his style incorporates heavy lines but in contrast, he'll use unexpected, vibrant colour and the exaggerated details of his designs more comparable to graffiti art and the recurrent themes seen in modern culture.
Although old-school subjects are commonly referenced and rearranged as a way of expressing homage or irony in his work, Teide's fantastical subjects and psychedelic abstractions feature his infamous panthers, mythical beasts, religious imagery, surreal portraits and a full-on collision of everything in between, leaving no doubt that he is way ahead of the curve in his contemporary interpretation of the American Traditional style.
For Spring/Summer 2018, EDWIN invited Teide to produce a 'quick strike' for the Mainline 'souvenir' programme including 'Beast' and 'Praying Hands', both of which are original artworks that have been faithfully translated and embroidered on to two-tone nylon 'stadium' style baseball jackets, black poly cotton twill 'garage-style' work shirts and printed onto black graphic T-Shirts.
To complete the collection, we have also reprinted a signed, numbered and stamped edition of Teide's 'One a Week' Book with an exclusive tonal hardcover, showcasing over 250 of his designs over the course of one year.
To find out more about the man behind the collaboration, we sat down with Teide at Seven Doors Tattoo earlier in the week to find out exactly what makes him tick...
Tell us a bit about yourself and where you grew up?
I'm fucking TEIDE! I'm originally from Spain and moved to London about 8 years ago.
When did you first get into tattooing?
I started getting into tattooing when I was still at university. I started out in graffiti and have always been creating art, it felt like a natural progression for myself. I moved to London to push myself and push my work forward. I wanted to work alongside some of my idols in tattooing and learn as much as I could.
What is it about tattoos that interests you the most?
It's creating something for someone that they will carry with them forever. It's an honour and an incredible feeling to have someone come to you and get your artwork on them for the rest of their life, it's hard to explain better than that.
Do you see it more as decoration or is there something more meaningful to your tattoos?
I believe it's a bit of both. Most of the time its decoration, but depending on the imagery, of course, it can be more meaningful and sometimes even spiritual.
What drives you?
Honestly, and I hope this doesn't come across arrogant, but myself. I want to do better than my last tattoo, I want to create something no one has seen before and I haven't seen before.
What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I'm working on my paintings. I really find painting really therapeutic. I'm also working on my second book which I'm hoping to have out around Christmas this year.
What inspires your work?
So much inspires me. But mostly I take inspiration from Dan Higgs, Tomas Garcia, Picasso and Aldous Huxley.
Which other tattoo artists/tattoo shops should we look out for right now?
You should definitely check out Kings Avenue and Invisible both in New York. At the moment I am really into the works of Gregory Whitehead and as always my super talented friends Claudia de Sabe, Warriorism (Yutaro) and Xam.
How did you get involved with EDWIN and what was your approach to the collaboration?
At first, I didn't really know how I was going to attack it. I had never fully thought of my designs in this way. I wanted to make sure my designs fit the brand aesthetic and didn't detract from the craftsmanship of EDWIN product.
Do you see a connection between denim and tattooing?
Yes, totally. Especially if you are going down the old Americana route. The bikers and their rock and roll lifestyle, the way they adorn their denim jackets with patches from their travels and or classic slogans such as "CASH, GRASS OR ASS!" and "NO ONE RIDES FOR FREE!"