Lynn Akura's work immediately recalls memories of mysticism set against a backdrop of legendary medieval heroes, deities, and goddesses. Although commonly called a Neo-traditional artist, she has developed a style that calls upon Art Nouveau, Irezumi, and more to create works of depth and magic. Carefully adorning her jewel-toned pieces with details of intricate filigree, floral motifs, shining pearls, and more, her portraiture is incredibly eye catching, while objects and animals are also endowed with a folkloric quality that her clients and fans just can't get enough of.
How did you get into tattooing and how did you know it was what you wanted to do?
How would you describe your style and what artists do you look up to?
Your portraits of women are stunning and inspiring. Each one seems to have her own story. How do you build characters with such depth? Do your clients give you ideas, or do you usually have full artistic rein?
You’ve been tattooing since 1999, which is an incredible amount of experience. How has tattooing changed from then to now? What has your experience been like as a woman in a, generally, male dominated industry?
Can you tell us more about how traveling affects your artwork? What has been your favorite place?
Do you have any collabs, projects, guest spots, etc, that you’d like to share?