Last week I posted two interviews from the London Tattoo Convention-one with Stewart Robson, and the other with Theo Mindell. During Theo’s interview, when asked who was someone that he thought should be getting more attention, his response was Capilli Tupou. Now, I don’t know if Capilli Tupou is or isn’t getting a lot of attention from the tattoo community, but if he isn’t, he sure as hell should be. He has been doing some really great work, and I felt that it would be a shame if more people weren’t aware of him.
For those of us in the States, to our dismay, Capilli tattoos out of Sacred Tattoo in Auckland, New Zealand. Although he may tattoo on the opposite side of the Globe, he’s a tattooer that you should definitely keep in mind. The one thing that has drawn me to his tattoos is the shading that he puts into his them. In a lot of his work, Capilli’s able to do a great job of effectively mixing just the right amount of black shading, as well as adding bright and different colors, and making a tattoo that can appear both darker and colorful at the same time. As Theo Mindell mentions in his interview, there’s definitely a Stuart Cripwell vibe that I see in Capilli’s tattoos, and I also get a Bailey Hunter Robinson feel as well-both two great tattooers in their own right. I also enjoy that he will put traditional New Zealand tattoo designs into the faces of his tattoos, reflecting the cultural influence in his tattooing. Check it out:
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