Xoil is able to revolutionize the traditional concept of tattoo art. His creations are hybrids, contaminated and manipulated by all the traditional styles of tattoo art together with graphic art, street art and digital art. His creative touch is explosive and irresistible, and his work won’t fail to capture your attention. Discover his tattoos and the brand new eBook: “Post Tenebras Lux”.


Hi Xoil, would you like to introduce yourself to our readers?
Hi I’m Loïc Lavenu aka xoil, and I do tattoos. I’m passionate about all old things and if possible mystical as well. Seek for truth and belief in love. Seek for belief in true love?

Xoil, Dropin Shop Tattoo, Lausanne, Switzerland
Xoil, Dropin Shop Tattoo, Lausanne, Switzerland

When did you start tattooing and how would you define your style?
I start tattooing about 20 years ago. Didn’t have any style at the time… just got into it through a long chain of chance and opportunities and tried to do the best I could to reproduce the flashes around or draw things that clients would provide. Now I can say that my style is split in two where one side is a digital collage based on old pictures or drawings with a contemporary touch and the other seeking for the rawness and the reason that old drawings work so well, whether the are done in minute detail or faithful reproductions or done as a computer collage.

Has it changed over time?
Yes indeed, it keeps changing and being improved along the way, at different paces and kind of in cycles.

Is it important for you to also paint and draw, besides tattooing?
Yes I feel it is very important to do it. I’ve always felt a good energy when I get back into tattooing after a period of “painting” – or in my case, I would say crafting.

What are your favourite subjects and techniques?
My favourite subjects would be icons, love, mystics, and whatever feels right at the moment. The technique I prefer would be mixed media as I do not have any school background and special technique.

Where did the idea of this eBook come from?
Well, I took a year off, and that’s when split in my style happened, were I “studied” more about the rawness of the thing, and did sheets of old designs to make in that way, by hand. Then it evolved again and I worked it more by machine this time, to get a little more subtle and detailed. So I got a mix of the two and Miki asked me if I wanted to get involved in an ebook… and I wanted to promote that, besides the fact that I’m preparing another on the branch of my style with more the contemporary touch.

The creations in the “Post Tenebras Lux” (51 pages pdf)” by Xoil are hybrids, contaminated and manipulated by all the traditional styles of tattoo art together with graphic art, street art and digital art: humans, animals, icons, flowers and more… Enjoy! Digital eBook available on tattooebooks.com

What are your plans for the future?
For the future, my intention is to keep an eye out for every opportunity that attracts my mind and heart.

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