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My name is Touka Voodoo. I'm interested in creating Super beings. The Übermensch is within us all. In this context, I am speaking of the more Powerful "better" version of ourselves that we can become after a transformative tattoo.
My approach to tattooing is Holistic and Bespoke.
My aim before anything else is to enhance your body with the help of elegant bespoke patterns. Bespoke, means that after having a consultation together, I will plan a design based on your personality, style, energy, interests and of course, body type. There are great possibilities to reshape and transform the body if the design is planned with the attention and the intention.
Besides my heavily tattooed body, I've also had gender related modifications. I was born with a female body in 1972. I began my hormone therapy in 2007 and two years later, I had a mastectomy. My parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents are/were all stage professionals, working with Theater and Film. This background introduced me to the borderless world of fantasy and imagination from a very young age... something that I'd like to give back to my clients. I am very happily a multi-cultural Swedish-Persian Londoner from Stockholm. My bi-racial, bi-gender, bi-sexual and multi-dimensional life experience has given me not only a good understanding of humans but also an insight into how much a good body transformation can help us become happier people.
I began tattooing in 2007 in England. My apprenticeship and residency took place at a studio called "London Tattoo" in north London. In 2001 I met and got tattooed by my mentor, the great tattoo master, Xed Lehead, also known as the godfather of Dotwork tattooing, who was never to become my traditional teacher but who thought me more about tattooing than anyone else ever did. At the time, Xed worked at one of London's most progressive tattoo studios, “Into You” conducted by Alex Binnie, a very important figure in British tattoo history.
In 2009, the king/queen of the London fetish scene, Mad Alan, an awesome experimental sculptor known for his gigantic erotic metal sculptures and Xed Lehead opened the legendary Divine Canvas tattoo studio in Islington, London. I joined them a month later and worked full time at the studio until as a result of Xed's sudden and terrible nerve damage condition, it all came to an end after an unforgettable decade. An incredibly demanding work environment, with an awesome selected team of some of the world's most innovative artists, Divine Canvas marked its name in British Tattoo history as a very important studio for the development and advancement of pattern-based tattooing and heavy body modification.
My work has been published in a few good tattoo books such as the Bible of Blackwork tattooing, The Black Tattoo Art2, by Marisa Kakoulas, The Spirit Behind the Tattoo by Maria Keilig, QTTR, Queer Tattoo, by Florian Rudolph, Benjamin Wolbergs and Brody Polinsky, (Celebrating a zeitgeist of contemporary tattooing reflected through the Queer lens), and the TTT Contemporary Tattooing : A survey of 300 of the best international tattoo artists working today, all of whom work towards pushing the boundaries of the art form.
It also makes me happy to have my tattoo work on a full-sized silicon arm included in the permanent exhibition, "Hundred hands" curated by Alice Snape at the National Maritime Museum in Cornwall, United Kingdom.