Why does it always seem like some of our favorite artists, the ones that we’re just dying to get a piece from, are always the ones that live halfway across the world? Lydia Marier is in Montreal, Zelina Reissinger is in Germany, and one of our latest favorites, Leonie New, is out of Melbourne, Australia. Sigh. Why can’t they ever just be around the corner?
Tattooing out of Chapel Tattoo, which is coincidentally home to another of our favorites — Jaclyn Rehe, New’s work is a beautiful take on the American traditional style. Using wonderfully warm colors, and highly feminine motifs like hearts, flowers and birds, New’s portfolio is some of the most beautiful traditional work we’ve ever seen. While we’ve seen countless versions of American traditional tattoos, what sets her’s apart is the autumnal glow that emanates from each piece.
While it’s true that New and Chapel Tattoo are both a solid 24 hour plane ride away, from New York at least, Melbourne has never looked better. Because to be honest, where else are you going to find an artist whose understanding of color and femininity shine through in the most pleasant color palette?