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Filip Leu Skull.png One of the most influential tattoo artists in the world, Filip Leu, offers a some wonder insight into his tattoo and fine artwork, as well as the industry in general, in this video interview (embedded below) with Kintaro Publishing taken at the Mondial du Tatouage 2016.

The springboard for the interview are the three skull paintings -- entitled "Stop," "Look," and "Listen" -- that Kintaro commissioned for prints. Those prints were available at the Paris show and can be purchased here on their online store. However, the interview reaches across many subjects, which I find wildly interesting for tattooers, collectors, and all art lovers.

The 20-minute video (which flies by), begins with his discussion of the process for achieving the looks of the skull prints. It then moves towards distinctions between tattooing and painting. He talks about tattoos being "on demand, in public, with a time limit," likening it to performance art. While tattoos have an end, Filip says that his paintings are never finished.

He also talks about the constant learning process and his work towards simplifying and achieving a "less in more" approach in his art. Filip further reflects on trends in tattooing, tools, inspiration, and how he's more of a homebody and never was a barfly. And much more.

I highly recommend watching it. Also check Filip's work on the Leu Family site and follow the #filipleu hashtag on Instagram.

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Paris Tattoo_Amy Mymouse.JPGAmy Mymouse tattooing at the Mondial du Tatouage in Paris.

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My social media feeds were buzzing all weekend with photos and updates from the Mondial du Tatouage, which attracted tattoo artists and fans across the globe to the Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris. Our friend Serinde attended the convention and is graciously sharing her photos and experience in this guest blog. See more of Serinde's photos on the N+S Flickr Paris Tattoo set.


I'm here again to bring you a few pics and impressions from the Mondial du Tatouage. Organised by Tin-Tin, the event is, once again, HUGE. Over 350 international artists and over 32,000 estimated visitors, and countless disposable gloves, needles, ink bottles...

This year, I decided to visit the convention on a Sunday, naively thinking that it would not be too crowded. I was wrong. When I arrived just when it opened, there was a huge waiting line, even for those who had pre-purchased their tickets. One of the biggest events that drew people to the convention on Sunday was the Best Back/Overall competition. But there are many reasons why so many waited to be a part of it. This Paris show is special in its own way. The rock-n-roll, yet relaxed atmosphere. The prestigious artists selected to work the show (with many artists around the world wanting to be a part of it). And maybe some secret ingredient.

Mondial du Tatouage.JPGWalking around on this third and last day of the convention was quite interesting, as I could see artists working on large pieces that were being done over the three days of the convention; however, there were also many artists doing smaller designs and flash. Although most of appointments were quickly booked right at the beginning of the day (and of course, pre-booked before the show), I saw some visitors looking for available artists for a quick tattoo "walk-up" and likely very appreciative of being able to grab a spot. Bottom line: If you wanted to get tattooed at the show, you had to bring your ass over there early!

A quick note on the organization itself: the venue has been arranged slightly differently this year, which made is easier to walk around, especially at the mezzanine level (I don't think the bridges were here last year and it was an improvement). Food trucks and tables to eat outside were also a great idea. So things keep improving each year, making it better and better.

It's also interesting to note that there were some more visibly tattooed people in attendance - those with face, neck and hand tattoos. Not many necessarily, but enough to make it noticeable. I watched one man with the side of his head tattooed get ready to be tattooed on the other side. It's likely we'll see more heavily tattooed collectors at future Paris shows.

contest winners.JPG Now, on to the contest: Best Back/overall. The jury was comprised of the same esteemed artists as last year -- Bill Salmon, Luke Atkinson, Filip Leu - with the addition of American tattoo pioneer Kari Barba. Impressive! There were 27 contestants with backpieces or full body suits, with a majority being Japanese-inspired tattooing. A great aspect of the contest was that Tin-Tin was on stage commenting on each tattoo's style and influences; for example, he explained how a Japanese tattoo is composed overall and commented on the distinctions between Japanese and Chinese style tattooing. It was like a live masterclass on the tattoo aesthetics! Seriously fascinating.

[Shown above] The artist Horihui took over the contests, with another 1st prize. [I visited his booth earlier, and he had already won two awards since Friday, not to mention those he won last year.] Ching received 2nd place, and Guy le Tattooer 3rd place. The contests were a definitely a highlight but there was plenty to do and see, which naturally caught to attention of TONS of press. Coverage of the convention could be found on many mainstream TV channels, and many magazines & newspapers are talking about it. For good reason.


Thank you, Serinde, for your take on the show. More of Serinde's photos here. Also check more on Mondial du Tatouage on the convention's Instagram and Facebook.

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tattoo punk.JPGparis tattoo.JPGThis past weekend, 340 artists from around the world, converged on the Grande Halle de la Villette, in Paris, for the highly anticipated Mondial du Tatouage. It was reported that 30,000 (!!) visitors attended the convention this weekend, and judging from my social media feeds, featuring friends aghast at the line of people that snaked around the convention hall, it seems like a reasonable number. Our friend Serinde was one of those in attendance and she graciously came back with this post and photos. See more of Serinde's photos on the N+S Flickr.


This weekend the Mondial du Tatouage -- the Paris tattoo convention -- has come back into Tin-Tin's hands, and even from the very first day, it is a huge success, which is well deserved.

I was there on opening day, Friday, March 6, at the spacious venue, Grande Halle de la Villette. Tattoo booths lined the entire area with 2 mezzanine floors and the stage right in the center. Despite the crowds, I found it easy to walk around see each and every artist, without missing anyone.

I particularly enjoyed watching artists using traditional hand-techniques: hand-tapping from Borneo and tebori from Japan. There was every style of artwork you can imagine with so many of the best artists working.

The high quality of the convention was also evident with the esteemed jury members for the contests: Bill Salmon, Luke Atkinson, and Filip Leu (I was especially thrilled to see him Filip for real!). And Pascal Tourain, who is quite famous in the French alternative/tattoo culture scene was the Master of Ceremony, running the contests and events, which also included a variety of bands performing.

I largely photographed tattoo artists working -- especially women tattoo artists, like Claudia de Sabe, in light of International Women's Day -- because I was a bit surprised that many of the visitors were not really "showing off" their tattoos. But I was happy to capture these moments.


We're grateful to Serinde for her photos and perspective on the show. You can also check more on Mondial du Tatouage on the convention's Instagram and Facebook.

delphine noizetoy.JPGDelphine Noiztoy tattooing above.
 tattoo competition2.JPGBill Salmon, Luke Atkinson, and Filip Leu judge the tattoo competition.
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le mondial du tatouage.jpgfilip leu tattooing.jpgFilip Leu tattooing at the Mondial du Tatouage.

If it weren't for our hanging at our hometown NYC Tattoo Convention last weekend, we would have been in attendance at the much-anticipated Mondial du Tatouage in Paris, organized by the inimitable Tin Tin and Piero. Over 300 artists from around the globe gathered at the "Grand Hall de la Villette," once a slaughterhouse and now a cultural center. Seems fitting for three days of art and blood. And there was a lot of it, with an estimated whopping 30,000 visitors!

I was following the scene on Instagram via #mondialdutatouage and via photos posted to the convention's Facebook page, but there are also some other wonderful photo features across the web for your viewing pleasure. Here are some links:
Looking forward to being at the Mondial du Tatouage next year, especially after the success of this show!

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