Feca Lanfredi is a tattoo artist working in Dublin Ink. Originally from Brazil, Lanfredi has become one of the most distinctive talents on the scene this past year. Her work is immediately recognisable, excelling when it comes to depictions of nature with just as much talent on show when she creates a geometric design. Feca’s also beyond skilled at colour – very good at shading – and her Instagram account is hypnotic.
We decided to ask Feca about her career, what she thinks of this island, and the tattoo trends women are embracing.
You’re originally from Brazil. How did you end up in Dublin?
I wanted to travel abroad and Dublin was one of the options, so I saved up for two years and here I am.
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What do you like about Ireland?
I know this is weird because I’m Brazilian, but I love the weather. Sorry!
What do you miss about Brazil?
Family and friends, especially family.
When did you decide to become a tattoo artist?
About eight years ago, because of my mom. She used to get one tattoo every year on her birthday since her 27th birthday, and when I was old enough I started to go just to watch. I was a kid and was drawing already. At 16 I asked her if I could learn tattoo artistry, and she found a guy to teach me.
What kind of training does a tattoo artist have to do?
Basically draw like there is no tomorrow and find a good mentor – especially one who is an expert in the style you like. Nowadays you have harder luck finding a unicorn because of how much the market has grown and how many people have the equipment and start on their own. I’m not saying it’s bad but I don’t think it’s good.
Can you remember the first tattoo you gave someone? How did you feel?
Hell yeah. It was a Betty Boop figure on my lovely grandma. My family supports me a lot, and I remember shaking before I started but she was laying there with full trust in me, trust that I didn’t even had in myself. I just retouched it before coming to Ireland.
Which of your own tattoos is your favourite?
It’s usually the last one that I got or the most painful one, in this case a red panda on my lower leg done by the awesome Johnny Domus that took 5 hours. I cried twice, totally worth it.
Are there differences when it comes to tattoo tastes and trends between the two countries?
Not really. I could say that here people are more open to suggestions and ideas, but I have some amazing costumers in Brazil too. The coolest thing here is that people travel to get tattooed by the artist that they like.
What advice would you give someone considering their first tattoo?
Think about it. Find the style you like the most and then the best artist. Always let the artist have some freedom.
Do tattoos go through trends? And what kind of designs are women asking for at the moment?
Definitely, there will always be trends. As long as the customer doesn’t get too attached to the reference it is all good. Nowadays the trends that I like are Neo-Traditional style, Watercolour, Mandalas and Dotwork in general.
What kind of designs do you enjoy working on?
Nowadays I am trying to mix watercolour with Neo-Traditional.
Have you ever refused to do a tattoo?
Yeah, around the butthole. And that’s why.
Who or what influences your designs?
Almost everyone I follow on Instagram. There are photography accounts – bird, flowers, insects, artistic weirdness. Make-up, tattoo artists, and other artists in general. Everything that it is visual can influence me.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not in Dublin Ink?
Going out or just hanging with my second family away from home, who happen to be my co-workers, and just chilling with my pets at home
Photographed by Ruth Medjber // www.ruthlessimagery.com