hi, i'm Lisa ♡

Working from a cosy studio in London, I make artworks and designs inspired by nature, folklore, mood and my Asian heritage (Mauritian Chinese).

Tattooing for just over a year, I am drawn to fineline, floral and portraiture style tattoos, following the same wavelength as my traditional artworks.
I love designing tattoos that spark wonder, elegantly flows with and compliments the body harmoniously.

Thank you for visiting and supporting my craft

weaving together realism and surrealism to create visual dream worlds made of graphite, paint and ink

frequently asked questions

what pencils and materials do you use?

I love mechanical pencils: Pentel Graphgear 500 in various sizes and Platinum Polyter MPH-16 are my favourites.

For precision erasing, kneadable rubbers are the best. For blending, I use a cheap dry brush and blending stumps. I draw on smooth cartridge paper ranging from 130gsm - 230gsm.

I use Procreate on the iPad for drawing most tattoo designs and planning sketches.

how long have you been drawing?

Probably before I could write, I drew all the time. Art wasn't my favourite subject at school but I always doodled while in other classes and whenever I could.

are you self-taught or did you study art?

Both, all artists are self-taught, formally trained or not. We're always learning from our own mistakes, peers and artists before us.

I did an Animation degree (mostly 3D/VFX focused), took short courses and workshops: life drawing etc., studied techniques from my favourite artists (most accessible way to do this is to analyse and copy their work - with credit if posting), watched art tutorials and made a lot of crappy art in between the good ones.

how did you get into tattooing?

I've been selling and posting art online since uni. Post graduation, I worked for a few years in digital design for various media marketing and tv production companies, while exhibiting and continuing to share my art online.

Eventually I quit the office grind to go freelance so I could focus on creating art. During this time, my first tattoo mentor found my work on instagram and offered me an apprenticeship, it went from there...

what tattoo equipment do you use?

FKA Irons Spektra Xion pen with Killer ink and Kwadron needles usually in bugpin 3rl.

advice for aspiring tattoo artists?

Draw all the time. The fundamentals and develop your own style. It will make the transition to tattooing easier.

If you haven't already, start your online portfolio of designs, Instagram is recommended. It's a good idea to start growing your audience before you start tattooing.

Apply for apprenticeships, this is the safest way to learn. Email shops and look for a mentor with at least 5+ year experience.

Save up money or get a side job, because apprenticeships will be unpaid and hard work. However, abuse shouldn't be expected because "this is how you earn your stripes in the industry". If you're being taken advantage of and abused don't force yourself to stay at a shop because you've been told this is how it works. It's always worth messaging past/current resident artists and apprentices to see how a shop treats them before applying.

exhibitions and events

2016, 'Conflict', Dark Sugars, London, UK
2016, 'Roots', Dark Sugars, London, UK
2016, 'Pancakes & Booze', Studio Spaces, London, UK
2016, 'Origins', Dark Sugars, London, UK
2016, 'ERA-404', The Ben Oakley gallery, London, UK
2015, 'It's the Dogs', The Ben Oakley gallery, London, UK
2015, 'Femme Fierce' Street Art Festival, London, UK
2014, 'Valentine Art Show' Brighton Tattoo Convention, Brighton, UK
2014, 'Art In Mind', Brick Lane gallery, London, UK
2014, 'The Scribble Project', City Library, Melbourne, AUS
2013, 'No Flakes', The Ben Oakley gallery, London, UK
2012, 'Urban Barrier', No Format gallery, London, UK

contact me

for enquiries or collaborations etc. email 
lissixiu@gmail.com