Magic is within you already, I'd like to meet you, find it, and make it visible. To become your own fantasy during your lifetime is an incredibly liberating and exciting experience.
My name is Touka Voodoo. After 20 years, in the summer of 2016, I moved back home to Stockholm from London to form Stockholm Alternative. The aim of my work is to create Superhumans. I am a transgender man who has experienced life both as female and as male. My parents, grandparents, and great grandparents were all stage professionals working with Theater and film so from a young age I was encouraged to explore fantasy and to celebrate my individuality, something which I like to give to my clients. I am Swedish, Afro Persian, and Georgian although I have mostly lived in London, United Kingdom. This "multidimensional" life experience has given me not only a great 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 the British tattoo history. Xed, together with the amazing Tomas Tomas introduced large scale geometric dot work tattooing to the western world. 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, and with a selected team of some of the world's most innovative artists, Divine Canvas marked its name in the British Tattoo history as a very important studio for the development and advancement of scarification and pattern-based tattooing.
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, 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.