Filip Leu for Suede Puma

Filip Leu and Puma together for a special limited sneaker collection

The grand master of tattoo Filip Leu is collaborating with Puma five years after the 2010 Ink on Suede project to relaunch the legendary Puma Suede, an iconic sneaker of the 1970s.

The artistic alliance between Filip Leu and Puma, with exclusive official partner Tattoo Life, gives rise to a special new collection (just 250 limited edition sneakers worldwide) in two brand new versions decorated with magnificent designs inspired by the great icons of Japanese tattoo.

  1. The first version has quality leather black uppers with the design embossed on the sides, a customised double insole and tongue with the new new Filip Leu logo.
  2. The second version is available in an even more limited edition with blue suede uppers and the design embossed on the sides, personalised tongue with the new Filip Leu logo and transparent sole decorated with a dragon design. Both have laces which are interchangeable and, naturally, custom-designed.

Filip Leu is well-known to any lover of tattoo, a living legend and key figure on the European tattoo scene.

Born in Paris in 1967, he inherited his passion for tattoo from his father Felix, a tattoo pioneer in the 1970s. The artisitic tradition in the family began with Filip’s grandmother Eva Aeppli, wife of the famous Swiss sculptor Jean Tinguely and friends with avant garde French artists of the ’50s and ’60s like Daniel Spoerri, Yves Klein and Niki de Saint-Phalle.

During his travels with his parents Felix and Loretta, Filip had the chance to meet major figures on the art and tattoo scenes, and this was where he learned the basics of his craft.

A child prodigy, he began tattooing when he was just eleven years old, and he soon became a master specialised in Japanese tattoo. Today, Filip Leu is considered one of the founding fathers of modern tattoo who has influenced and continues to influence artists and tattooists of all generations.

Since the early ’80s, Leu has been painting and tattooing together with his wife Titine in their shop “The Leu Family’s Family Iron”, first in Lausanne, then Sainte-Croix in Switzerland. Together they founded the Art Fusion Experiment, a community which involves tattoo artists from all over the world.