Her tattoos have a certain Arabian feel to them reminiscent of Henna tattoo. They adorn the body like gorgeous filigree jewelry, so delicate and ethereal they have an air of spirituality, as Leah Blum herself tells us in this interview.
Hi Blum, would you like to introduce yourself to our readers?
My name is Leah Blum, I’m 27 and I’ve been a tattoo artist for almost two years.
Where do you live and work?
I live in Marseille in the south of France and I work at Prisme tattoo.
I was really impressed by your skin art, so delicate, with an Arabian feel that evokes faraway traditions. Would you like to tell us how you came to have such a refined style?
In fact, you can find an oriental air in my creations because I admire henna tattoos. I am also very close to nature which is why I always like to bring a touch of greenery to my tattoos.
And the idea of being able to adorn women with jewelry that is everlasting was another factor that led me to develop this style.
How did you become a tattoo artist? How did you get into tattoo?
I got into tattooing thanks to my partner who taught me the basics. I was fascinated to see his work, and since I am a very manual person, I couldn’t wait to try it myself…
Some of the tattoos you do are tiny: a few dots which I suppose must have some particular meanings, right? Or are they purely aesthetic? If so, what are they images that inspire you?
There is no particular symbolism behind the tattoos that I create. They are purely aesthetic. I just like to think that there is a certain spirituality that emanates from these.
You have a lot of tattoos yourself. Who did you choose to do them and why?
I chose my partner to do my tattoos because I greatly admire his work and precision. In a way, I am his living canvas.
Are there any tattoo artists you would consider to be your gurus?
I wouldn’t really say that I have gurus but there are a lot of tattoo artists that I admire.
Where do you do your artistic research?
For Inspiration, I look at a lot of henna tattoos and I like the overload of detail that can be found in some mouldings or gilding.
What are you up to in this lockdown period? How do you spend your days? Are you working on any particular projects? What are you interests?
During this particular period of confinement I am trying to take advantage of it to do all the things that I don’t usually have the time to do, for example, answering all my emails.
I can take the time to draw new tattoo projects and try to set up future collaborations which I hope will see the light of day soon!