A man immortalised from behind as he jumps from one building to another, a fox turning into a Japanese Samurai, an arm covered in a wave edged by curlicues of foam, a mermaid with the tail of a snake and a panther in all its majesty crouched on a back. Worlds which overlap, exchange messages and details, to coalesce into other tiny microcosms, all telling stories. It’s a bold comparison, but the contemporary tattooists is in a certain sense like the storyteller of yore, the one entrusted with the imagination of the people, who had a talent for organising ideas, stories and the collective imaginarium in other guises, with new characters, the fruit of improbable combinations never seen before...
(from the editorial by Miki Vialetto)
Jack Peppiette: Freebird Ornamental
Californian by birth and Scottish by adoption, Jack Peppiette tells us all about his pieces, his passion for Mehendi art and Ornamental which gives him the utmost freedom of expression through its elegant and precise criss-crossing of lines, dotwork areas and geometric and floral patterns.
Cristian Casas: Neo-realistic Spirit
His pieces have a hallmark look about them: the power of black, the detail of Realism and Neo-trad composition. He uses women’s faces to express beauty, but at the same time they have a touch of mystery which – as Cristian says in this interview – brings out the dark side always lurking behind everything.
Luka Lajoie: State of the Art Portraits
His hyper-realistic style has dealt with pretty much everyone: successful rappers (he even got a “Like” from Snoop Dogg), star footballers, ice hockey players, Hollywood actors, cartoon characters, rock stars, and even sexy porn stars. But Luka Lajoie stays humble, admiring the example of Nikko Hurtado and continues to work hard at his shop The Arts Corporation in Montreal. Where he answered our questions in an in-depth interview.