AUTUMN CATALOGUE: SPEAKEASY TATTOO PARLOURSeptember 3, 2013
Straight outa’ Stockholm – our new Autumn catalogue has finally landed.
We’ve got some tales to tell about our journey to this fine Swedish City – exploring the stories behind our unique shoot locations. Get a look at this awesome tattoo parlour…
If you’re a fan of body ink and obscure vintage décor, you’ll be in your element at the Speak Easy – a tattoo parlour hidden away on the central island of Södermalm.
Owned by Tattoo artist Klara, the parlour specialises in one-of-a-kind tattoos. Mix this with the eclectic surroundings of her Japanese/Tiki/Caribbean/Burlesque inspired interior, and you’ve got yourself one ideal location to shoot some Urban garms.
While our photography team snapped away with our Autumn clad models, Klara chatted away about her life as a Stockholm tattoo artist…
UO: Hello Klara! Can you tell us a little about your Speak Easy Tattoo Parlour?
K: I wanted it to be like a real 1920s speakeasy. Secretive and well hidden, so people only knew about it from reputation or word of mouth.
UO: How did you come up with the name?
K: When I lived in China (I lived there for one year), I went to this club called The Speakeasy and made a friend who owned her own tattoo parlour. It was here I decided I wanted to be a tattoo artist – so I figured would name my own parlour after this club.
UO: Your shop has an eclectic style of décor. What inspired you to design it this way?
K: The thing is that I can’t quite decide what style I want to go for. I wanted it to be like Alice in Wonderland when you walk in – but now it’s all mixed together.
UO: We get a kind of Mexican vibe?
K: I started it out with a Tiki/Caribbean feel, but it looks a bit like an old fashioned whore house now!
UO: What else goes on inside the parlour?
There are a couple of girls who run a collective here; they make clothes out of second-hand materials. There’s also a girl who makes vegan shoes and another who makes hats – they’re part of the same collective.
UO: What inspired you to pick the needle and ink?
K: To me tattoos are more about beautiful art, there doesn’t have to be a story behind what it is. When I meet other artist I get a tattoo from them, like a souvenir. The hardest part is when you run out of space; you really have to think about what you’re doing, eventually you will run out of skin.
UO: What’s the road to becoming a tattoo artist?
K: I started drawing when I was really little and when I grew up I moved to China to study art. After this I moved to Stockholm to work as an apprentice in a different tattoo parlour. It was a few later when I decided to set up my own – it was really a dream come true.
UO: Do you remember the first tattoo you gave someone?
K: Yes! It was my sister – right on the back of her neck. It was the Chinese symbol meaning “woman”.
UO: What do you really love about Stockholm?
K: It’s a city which is full of character. There are a lot of different kinds of people, bands, culture and cool restaurants.
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