Tattoo Life January/February 2019
(from the editorial by Miki Vialetto)
The Tattoo Life issue that follows the London Tattoo Convention is always a very important one, because this is when I trace a path through a narrative that speaks to the challenges I’ve faced for fourteen years in organizing the event. Every day I dedicate myself to this yearly date I have with the world of tattooing, in order to offer visitors (over 25,000 this year) the best of international tattooing. It’s a difficult task, because I must concentrate the “world” into just one initiative, and as artistic director I have to choose from the requests that I constantly receive from all the outstanding tattooists who would like to participate…
Ryan Ashley Malarkey: The illusion of the body
“I feel like life can be anything you choose to make it, as long as you don’t lose your sense of self along the way.” This sentence says a lot about Ryan Marshall Ashley: a woman who has used her grit and enormous enthusiasm to make her way up the ladder not just in one sector, but in every sector she’s worked in: fashion, tattooing and TV. Whatever she touches turns to gold, yet this very beautiful woman – who is followed by millions of fans – continues to keep her feet on the ground. And thank life for the luck she has been given, every day.
Cedric Weber: Twisted and everlasting traditional
He’s twenty-six years old and lives in Essen, Germany, where he opened his shop Greyhound Tattoo. His style bridges old school traditional and neo traditional. Because for Cedric it’s important that his tattoos have one characteristic in particular: they have to be long-lasting.
Calle Corson: The line of Japanese tradition
“I was born and raised in Stockholm by my Mom, who was a real artist. She’s been really supportive about everything in my life – I used to be a graffiti artist, and that’s how I got into tattooing.” Calle Corson is a Swedish tattooist who follows his great passion for the Japanese style and cultural tradition…
Meet Loretta Leu! Interview by Margherita Baleni
Many of you already know her; this woman’s allure and personality are truly striking. She’s Loretta Leu, the woman who accompanied Felix Leu as wife, and Filip Leu as mother, on a unique artistic and creative path. They say that beside a great man there is always a great woman, and with her courage, life experience, and many interests, Loretta is living proof of that statement. We sat down to sip coffee and have a lovely chat together. With red Tibetan decorations adorning her hair, Loretta reminded us of Frida Kahlo: an amazing woman full of love, who understands true freedom – which is the pillar of her very beautiful life.