Marek talks to us about his family, tattoos, and raising kids as an inked couple.
My name is Marek Bernat, my wife’s name is Petra and my little daughter is called Vivien. I am 27 years old, little Vivka is now 1 and a half years old and my wife is 25. We all live together in Bratislava. I started working as a tattoo artist because I consider it to be a “free” job and it is, above all, creative work, which fulfils me and takes over me (in a good way). Our daughter does not react to our tattoos at all, neither to the tattoos of other people, perhaps she just perceives it as another type of skin, being totally oblivious to them. It varies how people look at us in the street. If a person looks negatively on the world around him or acts and looks like a hobo, people will view him as such. However, we are people with positive attitudes and people thus also react to us in a positive way. I do not have any negative experiences with people, older people notwithstanding. Sometimes I can see the different ways people look at me, especially when I’m at the playground with my daughter, but I just don’t bother about it. We will tell our daughter, or our future children, that when they are adults, they can do whatever they want to do, but they have to be responsible; we will explain to them, what sort of limitations this might have in terms of their future jobs or, in life in general, and let them choose themselves…although I think that since she will grow up surrounded by tattoos at home, they might lose their appeal for her. I have no message for people holding prejudices against tattooed people…it is up to them to form their opinions, I am not interested in them…or, perhaps, just for them not to judge by the “packaging” – tattooed people might be a more educated, perhaps with an even better salary and above all, they might be better human beings than what people might imagine them like…90s are well over now. Peace.