who am I?

..Hello, my name's Jan Maly, born in 1984 in Vranov nad Toplou, Slovakia. I live in Scotland since 2012 where I pursue my art career and work as a tattooist at From the ashes tattoos as tattooist in Cumbernauld.

Strathyre, Scotland. Climbing up the Ben Sheann in 2015

Strathyre, Scotland. Climbing up the Ben Sheann in 2015

Art and drawing was was part of my life from early age. I visited and finished primary art school (National after school programs for primary school students covering performing arts and fine arts ending with it’s graduation). In 2000- 2004 I studied commercial art at ZSUS (Zdruzena Stredna Umelecka Skola- Secondary school of arts) in Presov, Slovakia.

High school with it’s art subjects consisting of theory such as history of art, art and material technologies and practical subjects covering composition, still-life, “plein air”, figure drawing, learning using traditional art techniques to commercial designing, digital design. After finishing school I went with my way in life to eventually try tattooing for the first time in early 2008. I became professional tattooist in 2009. Opened my own tattoo studio in my hometown in 2009 which I ran for 2 years. After that I went on hiatus with tattooing until November 2015 when I started tattooing in Scotland and do so to these days.

During all years I worked in various jobs I used my free-time to draw and paint, experimenting with different ideas and strategies how to start up my professional art career, finding and developing my own style(s) which got me eventually here.

Family time in Edinburgh on New Year, 2017 with my wifey and our big man

Family time in Edinburgh on New Year, 2017 with my wifey and our big man

Rest of any free time I have I spend either outdoors or with my family. There is never enough time to go cycling, windsurfing or hiking for me. Whenever I can, I try to get out on fresh air. That is also my inspiration for my new art series “Places I’d rather be”.