I was born and raised in East London, I found my gift in Fine Art when I was barely out of my nappies. My style is new-school Japanese/Asian tattoos. I have had a long-standing obsession/love relationship with Japanese style tattoos/Art as far back as I can recall.
I have had the privilege and honour of being able to observe and learn off of some of the greats and innovators in our industry, including; Master Horiyoshi III, Horikazu, Alex Reinke, Lal Hardy, George Bone, Ivano Natale to name a few. I am forever grateful and honoured for everything that I have picked up from them over the years, and I feel blessed and privileged for their ongoing guidance. Master Horiyoshi III - I have had the privilege and honour of having his personal blessings and guidance throughout. He has also honoured me by choosing and bestowing me with my artist signature name (彫 霊 波) which I carry with the utmost respect and humility, I understand the responsibility and the weight this brings with it, and try to honour it everyday through my work as well as everyday life by following and always observing Master Horiyoshi III's teachings of 'SHU HA RI' (Describing a Martial Art concept, the stages of learning to mastery in any particular Artform)
There are also many artists that I could name from different style that I look up to and my work is heavily influenced by, such as Jeff Gogue, Shige, all the great Ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock print) artists (Yoshitoshi, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Kunisada, Hokusai, Utamaro etc) to name just a few.. I like to take regular trips to The Royal Academy Of Arts and The National Portrait Gallery here in London for research, colour ideas as well as inspiration, I am always looking for ways to improve my work, to become a better artist then I was yesterday. I understand the importance of advancing daily- never to remain stagnant and am always reminding myself the dangers of becoming content with the current, I am always striving to become more efficient having an awareness of the endlessness - the perpetual attainment.
I like to mesh both new and old school Japanese tattoo styles together to create really unique pieces for each of my individual clients. To me, the beauty with Asian style tattoos is that the whole body is observed as the canvas and can always be added to, flowing freely into each tattoo as a whole piece, complimenting each other whether you start with a sleeve or a back-piece making it into one continuous piece, and natural part of the body. When I am tattooing, to me it feels like I'm unveiling the inner beauty hidden beneath the skin and actually there in the first place, it's such an amazing feeling as an artist to have that privilege to reveal the art for each unique piece. Suffice to say It's an obsession as well as a passion for me, and I love it... I think Master Horiyoshi III said it best; "I Will Live And Die Devoted To This.."
So, let's get you started on your own journey to revealing your own Horimono the WANZAKURE way!
-Lepa Dinis (彫 霊 波)