Xia Tattoo; Bat Crazy Tattoo Lady:
Xia Tattoo, or Alicia as she is also known, is one bat crazy lady. Nope it is not because she is actually crazy (if so it is in a good way), it is because of her immense love the cute flying rodents. She even cares for them as a side job, and they are often in the tattoo designs she creates. She is one talented artist, even with just 3 years under her belt, she is putting her own mark on neo-traditional tattooing. Trying to create her own dark, yet colorful style of tattooing. Which doesn’t seem to fit her lovely and very bubbly personality, but she makes it work cause she is just that good.
Xia with one of the flying fur babies who inspires her so much, as well as her amazing sleeve by Cristian Casas
It is not always the easiest either, in a sunny place like Australia, to try an bring something gothic onto the tattoo scene. But Alicia works hard and tirelessly, to promote her style. A style that in a wondrous way, truly manages to mix the dark and gothic, with something wondrous and even cute at times, it is a really cool take on neo-traditional.
1. Where are you from? What age are you? and how long have you been tattooing for?
Originally, I am from A Coruna, Spain. I am 29 and I have been tattooing full time for 3 years now.
2. The name of your current studio and where is it located?
I work at Darwin City Tattoos, which is in Darwin, Northern Australia. I have a couple of permanent guest spots in Melbourne, Sydney and Europe as well as I try to travel as much as I can.
3. How would you describe your style of tattooing/the style of your tattoos?
I have been trying to define my tattoos for a while now. I am guessing that a dark or gothic neo traditional style would be the most accurate way to define them, which is funny because I am a very colourful person covered in cute kitty cat tattoos myself.
4. What is it you love about that style?
I love the elegance. Neutral tones, desaturated from traditional and neo traditional colour palettes make the designs blend with other pieces my customers might already have on their bodies. I work in the sunny part of Australia, so darker shades heal better up here and solid lines keep the shapes sharp in time.
5. What is your favorite thing about being a tattoo artist?
Travelling for work (I love it as much as it stresses me out) and using creativity as my main working tool. I am a total defender of original work, and I love when customers come to me to get original pieces. Working on something that I have been planning and perfecting for weeks and seeing it on someone who trusted me, forever. It makes me truly happy, and I am talking about pure happiness, there are very few things in life that make me as happy as that.
6. What got you into tattooing?
I have been drawing since I can remember. As a kid, my father used to ask all the time why would I draw such dark “scary” stuff and wanted me to do prettier things, I guess I never could. I always found beauty in magical creatures or objects and I would draw them literally non-stop. When I was 17, I watched my cousin getting tattooed. Back then tattoos weren’t too artistic but for some reason the idea of getting my drawings never left my mind, so as soon as tattoos started becoming more of an art, I started looking for an apprenticeship, which happened while I was finishing my university studies in South Korea.
7. What inspires your tattoos(and art) the most?
Bats, cats and strong women. I am the proud mother of two awesome kitties and a flying fox carer. This means, I look after them until they are released back to the nature. By spending so much time with them, I started being interested in their anatomy, expressions and started drawing every day. Over here some people see them as a pest and I feel I need to support the idea that they are amazing creatures through my work. Seriously, they are like flying puppies!
At the moment, I have started drawing and tattooing strong female personalities from history. Women who inspire me. Some of them are really famous like Elisabeth Bathory and some others are forgotten from the history books but were also badass. This idea started from feeling tired of watching women being portrayed in tattoos like objects or beautiful ornaments. And having so many female customers getting smaller tattoos defined by them as feminine. There is nothing more feminine in my opinion than a female warrior or a queen who defeated an armada! I also take ornaments or architectural elements from the late medieval and Gothic art, which are often found in the part of Europe I come from.
8. What is your favorite tattoo you have ever done or seen?
Probably the arm sleeve I have got on my arm, done by Cristian Casas. I pretty much asked for a female warrior and a bat (surprise surprise) and he did the rest. It’s all over the internet, it’s gorgeous and I feel prettier wearing it.
9. Do you have a dream tattoo, that you want to do on someone in the future?
I have a couple of drawings on my Instagram account that I want to tattoo real bad! Why?-because I enjoy long projects that make me think, focus and work hard, put in other words, a real challenge. Besides that, I would love a collaboration tattoo with an artist I admire. I love collaborations. It’s not just a big project that would challenge me, it would be working with another team member, and getting the best out of two thinking minds with different views on tattooing. This job is a lonely path, and would be lovely to spend some time working in a team.
10. Do you have any future plans, you would like your fans and the readers at Mediazink, to know about?
I am planning to come to the Nordic countries next year (and other places in Europe). I lived in Finland for a few years, studied in Denmark for a few months and visited Norway, Iceland and Sweden many times, so I thought it would be amazing to do a small Nordic trip to meet some friends and bring back some memories while doing some work. Visiting the US is also on my list for 2019. Just check my IG page for dates!
Final Comment and Gallery:
Xia is one artist, that truly throws herself into her work with all her love. She reads up on her material and inspiration and studies it, she is like a scientist working on a research project. She puts her all into it and it shows.
But her love for the industry is just as great as her passion, loving both her colleagues and how the industry can challenge her on her creative side. Living through what you love and travelling the world, it is an amazing part of being an artist to Xia.
If you are so lucky that this awesome artist, is coming through your part of the world next year (yay for Scandinavia). You have got to check her out, from her personality to her drive, she is one awesome artist. She is even trying to develop her very own personal style, at this early stage in her career, now that is awesome and ambitious, we hope she pulls it off.
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