It is with great pride that Miki Vialetto and Tattoo Life present a unique book dedicated to the life and art of Filip Leu.
This unprecedented, encyclopedic volume spans the 40-year career of the Swiss master: with over 600 pages, over 1000 tattoos and thousands of photographs, it tells the story of an amazing artist, globally considered the greatest innovator of contemporary Oriental tattoo style.
The tattoo sector is indebted to Filip Leu for an aesthetic which has contaminated the work of a large number of Western artists, who follow and revisit the Oriental style – but not just them. Major contemporary tattooists have gotten tattooed by him so that they could observe him at work and learn, on their own skin, how he brings his famous symmetrical pieces to life, the solutions he uses to enclose his tattoos, and how he conveys movement, visual impact and power in every piece.
He is the person who created lots of stylistic details that are commonly used today: for example, the way he creates a dragon, waves or water, and the large-format backgrounds he provides for his subjects – skulls in particular – along with numerous studies of eyeballs and dragon claws.
Unlike the majority of people, we can say that Filip Leu’s life, tattooing, and art have flowed along at the same pace over the forty-year tattooist career that’s covered in this volume: one aspect influences another, thus revealing the reflection of a major personality.
This volume is a catalogue raisonné of his art. It is organized chronologically, following his brilliant creativity for decades. The three threads of life-tattoo-art weave together throughout the four decades covered in the volume: 2020-2010 / 2010-2000 / 2000-1990 / 1990-birth.
The book aims to build tattoo culture and bear witness to how the roots of the current image of tattooing are embedded in the interpretations of this brilliant, curious and avant-garde mind, a truly one-of-a-kind person who is like few others. But most importantly, the book aims to serve as a study compendium for any tattooist who truly wants to see, understand and study contemporary tattooing from the technical standpoint, through one of its greatest artists.
Size: 24×33 cm
Pages: 608 Colour pages
Illustrations: over 1000 photos of tattoos
Cover price: 230€