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Lena Diamanti


How long have you been tattooing and how did you start your tattooing journey?


My first attempt was at the age of 25. And I remember exactly the feeling that I had at that moment. I was so nervous… The truth is that it wasn’t something I have planned. I find it really interesting that a spontaneous decision can determine the rest of your life… We were out for coffee with my husband, and I shared with him a memory of mine that I had a friend in high school how encouraged me to become a tattoo artist because she knew that I was keen on drawing. After that, I woke and already existing passion for him for the art of tattooing. And tremendously encouraged me to start this fantastic journey. The next day I started!



Do you remember what was the first tattoo you did? If so, tell us what it was and for who.


Of course, I remember it! As long as the days arrived to make it, my heart was going to explode!! I remember even the date! Was on the 9th of October. Also, I celebrate this date every year because from that day and on, my life was changed entirely! I found something that I really love, and make me so happy while I was doing it! The design was a hand but with many different “demonic” (if you can say them 😂) faces inside. I was made it on a mutual friend of mine that he already had a tone of ink, and he didn’t care to destroy him! Hahaha!



Please, tell us about your current tattoo style and how it has changed over the years.


My favorite style is definitely the color realism and black and grey realism with some surreal approach. I can never remember trying to draw anything other than realistic designs. I had a natural inclination and I was keen on that style of drawing. I always feel fascinated when I start to make shades and strive for a realistic result. I was never fond of geometrical or any other style, to be honest. Sometimes I feel more that this style chose me and not the opposite. Now compare my first steps my technique has nothing the same. I believe that is something totally normal through the years and the continuous practice and experiments. You achieve a point that you can understand what works best for you and your style of tattooing. So you can keep what it works and understand what it doesn’t so you can eliminate it.



Does anyone or anything inspire you?


I have many artists that I follow and admire for their discipline, talent, hard work, and the constant desire to improve their skills in every aspect. There isn’t enough space in our interview to name each and every one of them. But for sure, there are many and not only tattoo artists but also painters and photographers as well.



Are there any tattoo artists who are extremely admirable to you? If so who?


The truth is i follow the work of many artists, and there are some i distinguish more than others because of their approach to tattooing. I try to adapt their techniques so I can expand my artistic approach and broaden my horizons. I believe that if you want to find your self(artistically), you must follow the work of many artists. Then you must decide what you choose to keep and works for you and what doesn’t. So eventually, to form your personality as an artist. I believe through this process, you don’t become a copy of someone, but you form your character, and as a result, you end up being something unique.



Do you have any memorable tattoo story or a customer that has stuck with you through all the time you have been tattooing?


Τhe most memorable moment of my career so far was a sleeve design I made for a close friend of mine. What made this case special was that when she was young, she had a terrible accident that caused 3rd degree burns almost to her whole body, leaving her permanently scarred. I can always remember her wearing a synthetic skin sleeve to cover her whole hand because her scars caused her feelings of discomfort. Before I started working as a professional tattoo artist, she visited many tattoo studios in order to cover her scars with a tattoo design, but everyone rejected her as it was impossible to work on the burnt skin of this level.

After careful consideration and consultation, we decided to try to cover her scars with a design. After 8 to 9 sessions and countless hours of work, we accomplish a life-changing result. Now she never had to wear fake skin sleeves on her hands, which is something that, up to this day, gives me great satisfaction as I was able through my art to change someone’s life, even better when that person is a close friend of mine.



Is there any art form that fascinates you also except tattooing? Maybe do you have any other passion or something that you really enjoy doing? 


Ever since I can remember myself, I was always fascinated and intrigued by art in its forms. But I must admit that drawing/painting had a special place in my heart. Apart from tattooing and painting, I really enjoy cooking and pastry making. Finding new recipes and creating new dishes .I also find relaxing doing the groceries and shopping in general.



Do you like visiting or exhibiting at tattoo conventions? Would you recommend any of them?


I love working on the tattoo convention because they give me the opportunity to travel from city to city and country to country. I have seen so many places that I can’t even pronounce the names right! (Hahahaha) I really love to make art and leave it on different canvases all over the world. It is something that fascinates me! And I feel that somehow a piece of my soul from every art that I had made is everywhere… one of my favorite experiences was when we were in Denmark and my manager books me an appointment in Sweden, but we didn’t check how far it was. (When we travel for us 50km or 500km is the same.)

And after our appointment was finished, we had to be in Hagen, Germany, to participate in a convention that they invited me as a special guest, but the problem was that we travel in a car… so we drove more than 17 hours to be at the convention. Now that I am telling that, I am not sure if it was my favorite experience but for sure is an experience that will never erase from my mind! And to answer the second part of your question, I believe that you can take a lot of good things from every convention that you participate in or you just visit them. But in my heart, the Empire State convention and Golden State convention have a special place! If you haven’t visited them, you must!!



Any artist you planning to get tattooed by? Who has tattooed you already?


I am waiting so long that this COVID madness stop existing so I can travel hustle free and finished my arm sleeve eventually. An artist that we have started my sleeve and I want to finish is Dimitriy Samokhin.



What are your plans and dreams? If you think about yourself in 10 years, what do you see?


At the moment, I am continually traveling and changing places. In 10 years from now, I see my self has finally settled in one place. Working in my studio and trying to find balance in work and personal life with raising my child’s and enjoy our lives with my beautiful husband.



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