The confusing part is that none of the numerous tattoos on Simone Pfaff and Volko Merschky’s website give credit to either artist, making it very difficult to determine which work can be credited to whom. Do they work together? Does one artist take on half the work while one does the other half? I doubt it, but I do have to say that such a work process would be quite unique and interesting, just like the tattoos themselves.
I guess not knowing who did what isn’t the end of the world and that if you’re like me, then you’ll most likely just safely agree that the work being done at Pfaff and Merschky’s Würzburg, Germany based Buena Vista Tattoo Club is all just…well, brilliant! That being said, all the photos of the tattoo work that you see in this post are credited specifically to Simone Pfaff.
I assume that this is the sort of thing that only very talented tattooists can get away with. Had the work that Pfaff and Merschky have on their site not been so impressive, I wouldn’t be writing down praise for it. In fact, I wouldn’t be writing anything at all. Thankfully it is impressive, which means that I’m simply left being confused. Confused, but impressed all the same.
Realistic Trash Polka is the style name tattoo creator Volko Merschky and Simone Pfaff. The couple combines realistic and abstract in their design always made with contrasting colors, like red and black elements. The result is pretty impressive for a few seconds it takes you to believe that a tattoo is not a drawing done with stencils. The two live in Wurzburg and working for over 16 years tattooing. And when asked by the press that inspired, they say: in everyday life.
Simone and Volko, and tattoo artists are musicians. They are part of the band Dead Dobbs.