The medium may be different but the technique, sensibility, and inspiration are the same. Everything we do should contribute to art history and culture as a whole, and that means becoming better artists any way we possibly can.
The Academy was created in order to exchange knowledge and wisdom between all tattoo and conventional artists. Even if this seems logical and simple, it was for the longest time frowned upon by the old tattoo industry whose outdated ways of thinking involved not teaching each other or sharing their techniques and insights to newcomers. We see it as our duty to answer and continuously educate ourselves and our fastly evolving industry. The Academy has quickly gained appraisal and has grown expediently over the past 3 years as a result, and continues to do so, with special educational events held in Florence and around the world.
Our mission is to give artists everywhere the tools they need to become their absolute best. And education is one of those tools. Having some of our best tattoo artists learn from masters at the birthplace of fine art didn’t just make them better at their craft—it reflected our philosophy that creativity happens when we all get together, push each other, and share our collective knowledge. It’s an idea that sounds simple, but in an industry defined by exclusivity, bridging the gap between artists and teaching each other can only lead to good things.
The Intenze Creative Academy is all about using art—regardless of medium—to push boundaries and expand what artists are currently capable of. It’s a fundamental principle that Mario started the company on. Through the years, we’ve learned that the more interaction and creativity we can breathe into our craft, the better artists we become, and the more possibilities we create. It’s a simple formula, and it works.
Going to Florence and learning classic figure drawing skills wasn’t a PR move. It was a statement. It was also an eye-opening experience. And coming together to work hard, study hard, and become better yielded some big returns. Yes, great art was created, but beyond that, innovation happened. The state of tattoo was discussed, techniques were challenged, and fundamentals were shaped.
We’re excited to share our experience with you, and how some amazing artists in a small studio in Florence left a lasting mark on an entire industry.
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