Lynn has a style that is elegant and refined down to the finest detail. All of her projects come from myths and legends of times gone by and it is through these that the Belgian tattooist expresses her creativity best. Take a look at the eBook she has made for Tattoo Life and read this interview and get to know her better!
Hi Lynn, would you like to introduce yourself to our readers?
I am Lynn Akura, an illustrator and tattooer from Belgium where I just moved back after spending many, many years in England.
When did you start tattooing and how would you define your style?
I started tattooing in 1999 in Tokyo Japan and soon after I came back to Europe to start professionally. I got some tips about tattooing but I’m mostly self taught. My style would, I guess, be defined as Neo Traditional, although it is not my goal to strictly blend in with all the criteria of this style. I enjoy making detailed pieces, mostly based on legends and myths.
Has it changed over time?
My style has definitely changed over time. I used to be an all rounder from my start in a street shop, with a preference for the Japanese style. Then I started illustrating and I guess it gave another direction to the tattoo work I was doing. However I still enjoy doing different styles when asked by customers.
Is it important for you to also paint and draw, besides tattooing?
Drawing and illustrating are definitely the backbone of my tattooing work. As a custom artist, nothing could be done before making a sketch. I take extra time to push these drawings so the customers have a good idea of what they will be getting.
What are your favourite subjects and techniques?
My favourite subjects are myths and legends, Greek and Roman mythology, esoterica, fauna and flora. I do not paint, although I would love to get back to it, I draw simply with graphites and colour pencil.
Where did the idea of this edigital Book come from?
The idea of making an ebook came from Miki. He contacted me and I thought it would be a good idea to show some examples of my work for people to get inspired by, if they enjoy what I do.
What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future is to keep carrying on what I have done for the past 21 years, trying to get better at drawing and tattooing. I’m lucky enough to do a job where it is always possible to evolve.