The Leu Family Art Portal
At a time when so many of those coming to tattooing are doing so from TV drama, what often gets lost is the history, craftsmanship, and community that are such integral parts of tattoo culture. And yet, above the noise, those who have dedicated themselves to the art continue to rise, innovate and inspire. The Leu Family exemplifies this.
The Leu's are more than just a tattoo family, however. They are a collective of artists creating exciting work in different mediums. The launch of their new site Leufamily.info is an online portal for that talent, from books to music to clothing to painting performances to hemp projects ... and naturally, stellar tattoo art. The site also offers some family history and short bios on all the artists.
For those new to tattooing, Filip Leu is the most sought-after tattoo artist in the world, creating stunning full body pieces, like the one above, that bear his definitive aesthetic. In 1982, he created "The Leu Family's Family Iron Studio and Museum" in Switzerland with his parents Felix and Loretta Leu. The community mourned Felix's passing in 2002, but he left a powerful legacy. Loretta, aka Y Maria, continues to share her art and amazing stories. [In December, we posted her interview with Demetra Molina in which she talks about her family and adventures.]
We've also featured the work of Aia Leu, who authored "The Art of the Leu Family," a beautiful 192-page volume that contains select pieces of diverse art work, including "Don Feliz's surrealistic psychedelic art, the mandala art of Y Maria, works from Miriam Tinguely, Filip Leu, Titine K-Leu, Aia Leu, Tanina Munchkina, Ajja S.F. Leu and some pieces by other members of the family."
Leufamily.info offers a taste of that art work, and also, outside links to purchase the book, as well as prints (including this wonderful work by Titine, shown below), music by Ajja, and tattoo-inspired organic clothing created by Ama Leu. [I love the Filip-designed track tops and Ama's "Lips" tee.]
Lots of Leu goodness in one site. Check it!