Storm in a teacup

Best thing on island are the storms. Well, not the best, but in top ten. Not the most joyable thing, but most valuable with lessons about yourself. Storms. They come, and they go… and they come back. While all the Gods of the Sea are mad and furious, and situation may look bad, all you …

Human factor

Spring brings all the migration birds here on the island. Among them, waters have brought people to have a tattoo here. It is always halting to work with high energy people, you’ll never get tired to meet open minds. After meeting many of these inspirational persons, I came in conclusion that there is few factors …

Undercurrents

As it is about us, not just one individual, we must be aware of impressions left behind. Tattoos are visible marks, and you should consider them with all that respect, that some are open to show them, no matter what kind of prints they are. Everything we do, hear, touch and are in interaction with, …

Tattoo apprenticeship

Our profession, craft of tattooers, is one of those unique ones, which ones you don’t learn in schools or short courses. You learn it by one teaching it to you. You have to understand the whole path to master it. By yourself, you just can’t understand it all, because you don’t know how to create …

Home harbor

Oh, it really happened. My home is in the middle of the beloved Baltic Sea, on a small island Utö. And it feels so right. You know, you pretty often move, when you are FORCED TO: you are divorcing, you have plumbing renovation coming ahead, you don’t want to live by yourself anymore, your landlord …

Protect what you love

When I started tattooing, people looked down our profession, and associated it with negative images. I, personally, saw a form of art, even so many others didn’t. It is great that today, I can use my profession for good cause: art for our oceans. I never would’ve believe that, if someone would have told me …

Island Studio

Year 2019 is going to be my twentieth year working with the art of tattooing. So, as an accolade to the long path, I will be opening private studio besides the ocean. I’ll be working 2019 from studio in rocky island, as well as in Helsinki LR Tattoo&Art Studio. Welcome to have your tattoo in mesmerizing …

Where I draw the line

Lines are important for my work. As in general, they separate stuff, and makes some sense in the chaos. They make you understand, where something ends, and the another thing begins. No matter is it a person, behavioural thing or a tattoo. As in tattooing, lines are the base to me, where on to build …

Mermaid tattoo

“Every man needs his Siren to check his courage and strength when he hears her song in his travels through the unknown.” ― Dejan Stojanovic One of my favorite themes of ocean related tattoos are mermaids, half women, half fish. Mermaids are so fascinating, as there not might be any other woman-archetype conjoined with so many …