Lady Tattoo Artists We Love: Inma

inma alted tattooCreator of incredible things, tattoo artist Inma, is drawn to sacred images with horror and mythological undertones. Her art has a mysterious feel but it isn't devoid of a bit of humor. The colors in her work are vibrant, the lines perfect, making the tattoos unforgettable.

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Born in Spain, Inma harbored a major interest in art since she was a kid, and was first seduced by tattooing when she moved to London at age 16. Since then, the artistic expat has been making skin more beautiful with guest spots all over the world. However, in spite of all of her roaming, she still calls Mo Coppoletta's The Family Business in London her home base. We caught up with the artist to find out her inspiration and style. 

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Here's some of her remarkable work: 

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inma tattoo

inma tattoo

inma tattoo

How did you get into tattooing?  
I have always been good at drawing. I carried pencils and paper with me everywhere since I can remember, and as a child I started toying with oil painting, which I loved. When I was 16, I left my parents' home in Spain for a squat in London. It became obvious I should put my skills to work any way I could! It was at the squat that I met the tattoo artist who encouraged me to get an apprenticeship. London was a great place to get started then; this was about 15 years ago.

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inma tattoo

inma tattoo

What was the first tattoo that you got?
I gave myself my very first tattoo; it's a small skull on my ankle. This was also the very first tattoo I ever did! I was too chicken to get it done at the shop. I had no idea what to expect, pain-wise. The biggest pain was on my knee, from twisting. I still wear that tattoo with pride.

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Share a good story about a tattoo that you have done and what it meant to a client.
Just today, I tattooed one of my dearest clients, Martin. I met him in Denmark a few years ago while doing a guest spot and have tattooed him and his wife several times over the years. Today he has come to London from Denmark to pay his wife Josephine tribute with a sun and moon tattoo inspired by one of his favorite songs [Tool's "Reflection"]: "As full and bright as I am, this light is not my own and a million light reflections pass over me. Its source is bright and endless. She resuscitates the hopeless. Without her, we are lifeless satellites drifting."

In his brief, he said, "I guess what I want to convey is that I owe whatever shine I have to my wife and her love for me." It gave me goosebumps reading it. That was all the reference I had so I really hope I have captured the concept! (Just outlines so far.)

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inma tattoo

inma tattoo

Have you ever tattooed yourself? 
Other than the little skull I mentioned earlier, I have also tattooed my toes -- skulls again! They seemed to be the theme for me for some years. But that was the last time I did it myself. It really hurt and even though I can deal with pain, I cannot do so while tattooing; I have to concentrate on either of the two.  

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Who and what influences you in work/life?
On a good day, I find inspiration almost everywhere: books, movies, adverts, my fellow artists, travel, architecture, gardens. When I am a bit stuck it usually never fails to take a stroll to one of the very many art galleries in London or a day trip out of town into nature. Helps me reconnect.    

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inma tattoo

inma tattoo

inma tattoo

Inma is going on the road starting in October. Her first stops will be in Sydney, Australia, and New Zealand. 

 

 

Images via Inma Tattoo Artist; inmatattooartist/Instagram

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