Dragon and Opium Pipe: Original Flash by Felix Leu, ink and coloured pencils on paper, Goa, India, 1979.
Printed with Archival Pigment this is a Giclee Fine Art Print on Hahnemühle Rag 308 gr paper. size 42 x 30 cm / 16 x 12 inches
Felix Leu was an artist and tattooer born in 1945, an important pioneer of the Tattoo Renaissance which emerged in the 1970s, his artistic background and rich imagination led Felix to develop a very distinctive freehand tattoo style.
The early flash which Felix drew, both in Goa and Lausanne, was shaped primarily by his client’s requests. Hippie, biker and punk images, artwork inspired by record covers, science fiction and comic books, as well as tribal and oriental designs were all used in his tattoo work. He was also an early protagonist of using freehand bio-mechanical, psychedelia, pop-art and cartoon elements in tattoo, most famously the image of the soft twisted tattoo machine. His innovative approach to re-inventing both ancient and modern designs can now be seen as the forerunner of many tattoo styles today.
Felix Leu’s tattoo legacy is carried on by the many young tattooists he inspired and helped along the way and notably by his son Filip Leu who has become one of today’s foremost tattoo artists.