She studied in Tasmania, her native land, and after going to university for several years she turned over a new leaf and discovered tattooing.
She travelled all over the world, enriching her cultural background, and then finally settled down in London, where she’s currently living and working. Her name is Hanna – Flowers – and many folks are familiar with the gorgeous female portraits she creates. Yet in this interview she tells us how, in general, she fancies all things feminine, soft, voluptuous, and ornate.
This interview was originally published on Tattoo Life.
Hannah, what kind of women do you portray in your pieces?
I like to portray a variety of different people, something that relates to my individual clients. Some of my most common themes related to this subject are the femme fatale, and Mother Nature, who might be calm, sad, or tragic.
Why have you focused on this subject in particular?
I think images of people are the easiest thing to relate to, and I find it’s the best and quickest way to get the meaning and emotion of the piece across. They are also a lot of fun to do.
Which women from art history inspire and appear in your works, and how do you choose to reinterpret them?
I like Botticelli, Rubens, and the Pre-Raphaelite movement. I prefer subjects that are soft and feminine, voluptuous and ornate. I’ve done a series of pieces inspired by Monet, Van Gogh and Klimt. I don’t ever copy the pieces outright, but try to meld the style or a piece of the painting with my usual style. I think it’s a nice exercise for me to learn from historical artists, and it’s also nice for my clients to have a unique tattoo that celebrates the artists they are fans of.
Technically speaking, your tattoos recall paintings: what devices do you implement so that your pieces last over time?
I always use quite traditional bold outlines, and lots of black. To this I add a range of softer colours inspired by classical oil painting techniques, so that even within those lines there’s a soft look to the skin.
What adjectives would you use to describe the attitude and style of the women you portray?
As I draw, I like to imagine a story and personality for each one of them. I like it when my clients give me free reign in general, but also give me some adjectives which define the woman being portrayed: brave, strong, tragic, romantic, stoic, or evil.
Why did you choose London as a base?
I love my home, but it’s very small and very far away from the rest of the world. It’s a tiny island at the end of the earth! London has been the perfect place to base myself to travel and see the rest of the world. Plus the tattoo scene in this city is so amazing!