When several thousand years ago, our ancestors began practicing tattooing for therapeutic and magical purposes or to mark significant life achievements, they understood that the illumination of the human body with permanent markings will enhance its beauty.
Today, Tattooing, its methods and rituals, may be one of the last remaining Pagan/Animist traditions which has almost survived Abrahamic religion domination, colonization and modern mass-production.
There are various ways to approach the incredible tradition of tattooing, one approach is Bespoke Tattooing. This is tattooing which is very well planned, often discussed at a consultation to be made with particular specifications, tailored to the style, personality and needs of the client in order to enhance the body with a personalized design.
My name is Touka Voodoo. I have always been highly interested in the concept of transformation and reinvention. To be able to become your own fantasy during your lifetime, I think would be a really liberating experience. Swedish and International, Ive lived in a few countries in my life time, but have now spent the largest part of my life in London UK where my tattoo journey began. In 2002 my life changed when I entered the doors to a very important studio in London called "Into you" Tattoo, owned by the great visionary and artist, Alex Binnie. At the time I was heavily involved with working with a musical project of many years and so my discrete visits were only to experience, listen and learn. I made the choice of leaving the music industry at the height of my career around 2004, simply because being a part of an industry was never my intention to begin with. I began self experimenting with tattooing my body, today about 85% of my body including my full face has been tattooed by myself. I started tattooing at London Tattoo, a studio in north London after my apprenticeship at the same studio and later when the great dotwork pioneer, Xed Lehead and the fetish king/Queen of London, Mad Alan opened Divine Canvas in 2009, I joined the studio which became my heart and soul for the rest of my years in London.
I had first met Xed about 17 years ago when he worked at Into you, my first tattoo from him was on the inside of my palm and from then on, he became my biggest spiritual inspiration as I found his approach to tattooing most valuable. The approach of paying attention to the journey of the tattoo, to dedicate oneself completely and utterly to the craft. An incredibly demanding work environment, and with a selected team of some of the worlds most outstanding artists, Divine Canvas became a very important studio for the developement and advancement of
Dot work and Patternwork tattooing.
I have experienced life both as female and male, although I am now neither. My work has been presented in a few important tattoo books such as the Bible of Blackwork tattoos, The Black Tattoo Art2, by Marisa Kakoulas, The Spirit Behind the Tattoo by Maria Keilig and the TTT Contemporary Tattooing: A survey of 300 of the best international tattoo artists working today, all of whom work towards pushing the boundries of the artform.
It also makes me very happy to have my tattoo work on a silicon arm and hand, featured in the permanent exhibition, Hundred hands curated by Alice Snape at the National Maritime Museum in Cornwall, United Kingdom.
After almost 20 years, in the late summer of 2016 I moved back home to Stockholm from London to open Stockholm Alternative. The aim here is Body enhancement through Bespoke tattooing, but I am also very much interested in the actual experience of the Tattoo . This is why Stockholm Alternative is a special place with an atmosphere where one can have a chance to reach a more profound and holistic understanding of the tattoo journey, if one wishes to.
Stockholm Alternative is a proud member of the covenant of registered Swedish tattoo artists, Sveriges registrerade tatuerare and Gamlastans cultural association, Hembygdsföreningen Gamla Stan.
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