Karine Kitsch


How did you discover collage?

I discovered collage during my teenage years with punk music albums. The style was ever-present, and I loved its edgy and handmade aspect.
Occasionally, I would try to create small collages, but nothing serious. I put that on hold for years, collecting images, magazines, and so on here and there. Later, I incorporated this aesthetic into my work as a tattoo artist, and it became somewhat of my trademark.

Being forced to stay home during the pandemic, I decided that it was finally time to dive into analog collage while waiting to be able to return to work.

What do you like about the collage medium?

What I love about analog collage is being able to create while being limited to the images I have on hand. It’s a challenge every time! As for tattooing, I appreciate how an artwork on skin can resemble a creation on paper, where textures and styles blend together.

Pour le tatouage, j’aime qu’une œuvre sur la peau ressemble à une création sur papier, où les textures et styles se mélangent.

How would you describe your style?

The human being is at the center of each of my creations, with a message of emancipation, sometimes with a touch of humor.

Where do you find your material? What are your favorite magazines?

I’m constantly rummaging through flea markets, collecting old magazines. My favorites are the ones from the 1950s, 60s,
and 70s, aimed at housewives. To me, they are a goldmine of inspiration!

Any advice for a newcomer collagist?

For someone looking to get into collage, I would say to go at it instinctively, to experiment a lot, and most importantly,
to have fun! And if you’re working with old magazines, be very careful; their paper is often quite fragile, and a careless snip of the scissors can ruin a beautiful image!

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