Through a technicolor lens and an oversaturated pigmentation of reality, self-professed witch doctor and tattooist MIRYAM LUMPINI has the discipline to dissect her kaleidoscopic vision and rip it from the pages of her moleskin onto a stranger’s skin.
With her love for the vivid demanding to be seen, Swedish tattoo artist Miryam Lumpini rocks out with her heart tattooed on her sleeve. With traces of her nomadic inclinations, she leaves her mark through explosive shades of green, blue and pink rebellion that remind us of a moment in time drawn to last endlessly – a moving proof of a fleeting narrative, and an unending collection of good, bad and drunk memories. An eye-candy with a surprise filling of dark-flavored musings, we see her sprightly disposition bursting at the tip of her needle, ready to flip the script and illustrate the bubblegum-coated grandeur of unfiltered decisions. “It’s colorful and vibrant. Nature, animals and different cultures inspire me. I get a lot of inspiration from different energies and from meeting different people all over the world,” Miryam shares of her command of color. “I have always been a very bright and colorful person, but ironically, my teacher Diego Hernandez back in Sweden is a black and white tattoo artist. During that time, I started to surround myself with artists who would do color and things that inspired me, and now my whole style is color because of all the right people guiding me. In a way, wielding color is like my superpower now,” she delivers in a stunning blow.
“You gotta find your true expression, learn how to translate your clients vision.”
“I was studying graphic design in school, and I just knew that I didn’t want to be in front of a computer for the rest of my life. And I started tattooing my emo friends. When I’m tattooing, it feels more of like collaboration – but in painting, it’s like my old and true self-expression,” she explains as we trace back to her transition from oil on canvas to needle on skin. With her no holds-barred approach inspiring wanton exploration on different mediums of art, Miryam shows a permanent example of speaking in tongues by outlining people’s narrative in different strokes. “You gotta find your true expression, learn how to translate your clients vision.”
Capturing the likes of celebrity musicians such as Jhene Aiko, the artist sees skin simply as a canvas. “I’m very honored when strangers come to me and trust me for their life-long pieces. For me, it’s important that they walk away happy with something that’s timeless, and it’s so personal that it can’t be copied. I did this collaboration with Jhene Aiko, she’s just like any of my other clients who’s got amazing vibes, and I’m always just focused on making their visions come to life. To me, they’re all amazing in so many different ways.”
“I started to surround myself with artists who would do color and things that inspired me, and now my whole style is color because of all the right people guiding me. In a way, wielding color is like my superpower now,”
With her art making you want to say, ‘I’d double tap that,’ Miryam tattooes a strong fanbase at the heart of downtown L.A. as well as a digital presence on Instagram that virals beyond border lines and across seas. With a passion for the arts more than enough to carry as her pocket money, she travelled across Europe on a tattoo tour last July with nothing but her heart to bare and her tattoo gun pinching you back to reality as a painful assurance. “When I went back to Europe, that was really amazing cause I got to connect with a lot of the artists I got in tuned with when I was a teen. Meeting back with all the other artists that inspired me, it was amazing cause I could see that they were still doing their own thing even though I’ve been away for such a long time. I also did a mural in Bordaeux, which was awesome because it was in this artistic community where painting on walls was legal. There’s also this little tattoo studio in a motor trailer, and the energy and artistic vibes there was just really cool.”
With a vibe that chills harder than you party, Miryam’s enviable energy speaks louder than any words, and it’s telling you to think fast and go with your gut. “If you always wanted a tattoo, but are hesitant, then did you always want a tattoo? You need to follow your gut feeling, and when you feel like you’re ready then just do it.” Penning down her creative voice no matter where she is, Miryam continues to create a dialogue so sharp, it stays under your skin.