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Creating transcendent dreamworlds that radiate beyond the flesh, LA/Worldwide tattoo extraordinaire, Miryam Lumpini, continues to delight the minds of admirers of her artistry with chimerical and boundless pieces of tattoo art. As one of the most renowned tattoo artists in the industry, it is evident that Miryam knows no boundaries. There is a particular peculiarity that hangs in the atmosphere of Miryam’s intimate tattoo studio, The Witch Doctor Studio, in which she invites clients that quickly morph into friends into her holy space that electrifies the senses and invites you into deeper presence. I had the pleasure of catching up with the gifted goddess to discuss her recent tour of Europe, the expansion of her personal brand and team, her growth as an artist and more.
You spent the majority of your summer touring Europe and engaging in a variety of culturally invigorating activities. Tell us about some of your highlights from the trip.
Yes, so much is happening. My client base has grown which has allowed me to expand my brand globally. It’s incredible because more people are becoming exposed to my artwork and I feel as though this is exactly where I want to be right now. I’ve been really happy about everything. I was floating around through Europe all summer and was able to visit Sweden which I haven’t visited ever since I moved to LA. I was a little bit nervous going back to Europe at first while not knowing how I would be perceived overseas. I was able to meet with a lot of old artists that I used to work with when I was just starting off and getting to know how to tattoo, and it inspired me so much. They all still inspire me so much and just being able to be around those artists empowered me so much.
Amsterdam with Alysia Melody
Oh, I bet that filled you up with a lot of positive energy that has translated through your recent work; you have such a well-defined style. You brought up the expansion of your brand. Give us some examples of experiences that have turned your world upside down in the greatest way.
My clients always inspire me. I am meeting great and really artistic people all over the world. One thing that happened that really proved a lot to me was an experience that I had amongst my team. We were tattooing a high-end celebrity client that reached out to my team to get tattooed in the wee hours of the morning. My team and I ended up going over to this house-call to tattoo this client and the client was visibly intoxicated and verbally abusive; that really threw me off. It proved to me just how serious my team and I take our artwork and the direction of our brand. We handled it professionally and that is when I really realized the importance of having an empowered team of women by my side as a female artist.
Wow. What an enlightening experience. How does it feel being back home in LA after spending the summer overseas?
I feel like I have met so many people overseas that my surroundings now have become a lot more culturally inspired for sure. Also, I was able to bring my team overseas and they have never been to Europe before. Being able to showcase to them where I come from and to be able to view Europe through their eyes and perspective was really cool.
Guest Spot in Bordeaux, France
Oh yeah. I bet that brought you all together and further tightened your bond as a team. Tell us about some of your pieces that you have tattooed overseas.
One thing that really touched my heart is that when I was in Amsterdam, I had a client who wanted to do a cover-up tattoo on her side. I saw that she had a lot of scars on her side and we covered it up with this beautiful and very unique tiger with crystals. Her Dad came over to the shop and was taking photos of us while she was getting tattooed which was great, but he had never seen her scars before. Therefore, it was such a touching moment of realization, moving on and acceptance. Looking forward to a brighter picture, you know? That artwork really helped us all come together to accept and make something beautiful out of the past.
That is powerful and thought-provoking as to how you perceived that experience. Yes, it could initially be perceived as a destructive aspect of the physical body and beauty, yet being able to morph that into a work of art is simply mesmerizing.
As an elite tattoo artist, what criteria do you perceive that a tattoo convention should have to be really successful, both for you as the tattoo artist, but also for the visitors?
Even though I don’t work a lot of tattoo conventions, I like to go to them as a visitor just to see when a convention truly has a focus on tattoos. I’ve been to conventions where the focus is not solely on tattoos and branches out to burlesque and cars, but I like when the art of tattooing is the highlight. I’ve been to conventions where the respect between the artists and the visitors are already set in stone, therefore, it creates a better atmosphere and vibe for the actual sitting.
Interesting. Tell us about the atmosphere that you create at your studio in LA, The Witch Doctor Studio.
The atmosphere is very much so the feel of “coming home” to somebody who is really going to take care of you with hospitality in a personal way. You will feel at home. You will feel happy to be there and inspired to be there, yet also comfortable simply being yourself and opening your mind to art so that I can bring the magic to life in that moment that we share. I transfer your magic into my artistry. Tattoos are magical life experiences.
Right. Tattoos tell so many tales beyond the skin.
I like that.
What’s in store for your artwork over the remainder of the year?
Definitely more tattoos and more murals! I want to develop my business and client experiences. I want to do bigger collaborations as well.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for admirers of your work?
I just want people to stay tuned and be patient because I am about to create some really unique experiences and artwork.