At Camp VC this August we're very lucky to have the incredibly talented Boshka Grygoriew- Alvy of Good Times Tatoos coming to site with her pop up tattoo shop where she's lining up some specially designed flash for all you ladies. Boshka will be booked up fast as its first come first served so jump in there quick to avoid disappointment! All the details of the incredible flash that Boshka is drawing up for the event will be released ahead of the event in the run up on our facebook & instagram but in the meantime get to know Boshka & her incredible work from when she chatted with us recently.
My name is Boshka Grygoriew-Alvy & I work at Good Times Tattoo, in Shoreditch, London.
Where are you originally from & where are you based now ?
B: Born in Warsaw, Poland. Been living in UK for over 10 years, currently in London.
What inspired you to start tattooing?
B: Many things inspired me I think. People, art work, culture... Since I started getting tattooed Ive always loved traditional and Japanese styles of tattooing. Alot of the imagery itself made me want to paint and tattoo, however the person that introduced me to the world of tattooing is my husband Liam Alvy who still inspires and motivates me massively. Ive been tattooing for almost 5 years now.
Can you tell us a little bit about your journey to your current tattooing style? What kind of stuff did you start out doing?
B: It was always a matter of trying things and making something timeless yet original, since the very beginning for me. However you don't always get to do what you want at the start of your career in tattooing and that's probably a good thing... It's all about being patient and hard working. But I would say that I've done mostly stuck to a traditional style of tattooing through out the years but with many different influences. The way I tattoo is traditional with alot of bold lines and block colour however a lot of various imagery in my flash comes from Tibetan & Japanese culture but also from various folk art.
So you'll be designing some special flash for Camp VC!! So freaking exciting! Any hints about what you've got in store?
I want it to be fun and reflect the camp and the people themselves. So it will most definitely be themed around the event! There will be lots to choose from and all traditional in style. I always think that spontaneous tattoos are most fun so it'll be great to give that experience to everyone but Im keeping the details secret until revealing the designs couple of weeks before the event on the VC instagram!
So you just recently started riding motorcycles! What made you want to start?
B: Once again I would have to say my husband was a big reason behind it. I didn't want to sit on a back of his bike anymore! To be fair, riding always seemed to me like a fun thing to get into but I actually never had time to get going with my license until now.
What made you want to get involved with CAMP VC?
I just simply thought that being part of the event will be lots of fun and will allow me to meet bunch of girls with same interests. For sure the tattoo and motorbike worlds are male dominated so it's absolutely amazing for the ladies to have their stand within it! Im so excited to be involved! See you all there!
Boshka will be around all weekend at CAMP VC with her pop up tattoo studio ready to ink your beautiful selves.... Remember ladies, if you want a tattoo at Camp VC its a first come first come basis so when you get site sprint on over to Boshkas tattoo tent asap to book in for a banger!
In the meantime follow Boshka on instagram & watch out for her special flash designs dropping on our instagram & blog before the event ;)
Ready.... set.... go!