In 1976 Felix Leu, a Swiss-born traveller, began his apprenticeship at Jock's Tattoo Shop in King's Cross, London. For almost 30 years Felix and his family travelled the world, learning their crafts and art. They now practice at their famous studios in Lausanne. In addition to Japanese and Indian styles, they are also linguists of the African traditions, having worked with Berber tribesmen, along with Indonesian, Polynesian and North American Indian masters. The photographer Fabio Paleari has documented the studio and the designs of the Leu family's work in Lausanne. The results are phenomenal; no-one with skin can expect to be unaffected by his photographs, nor anyone who has admired the work of the tattooist, from Polynesia to King's Cross.
The book is divided into chronological chapters: '1944 Ibiza: Las Dallias, Flea Market', '1994-1997 Lausanne: 34, rue Centrale', '2001 USA: The Boston and New Jersey Tattoo Conventions', '1997-2002 Lausanne: 34, rue Centrale & Casa Rossa, Ticino, Switzerland', '1984-2002 The Artwork'.
The Leu Family Iron tattoo studio continues to operate in Switzerland.
Published in 2003 by Trolley
Hard Cover, 224 pages
Black and white and color. Near new copy
Out of Print