Name/ nickname Solène / LaGauffre / Leg-Off
Where do you live ? Brussels
Your job? Designer Freelance
Describe yourself in only one sentence : Smiling no matter what
Why do you have tattoos ? I’ve always draw, I’m not really good at it actually, and I’ve always wanted to anchor in me memories, so I respresented my way what and who raise me up.
What is your interest in tattoos ? Always have with me what matters most, even if I was stripped of everything.
What or who is your artistic inspiration ? I’m a big Keith Haring fan and his graphic style inspired a lot my last tattoos.
Who is/ are the Tattooist(s) who have stung you ? Two different tattooists at the same tattoo shop in Clermont Ferrand at Needle Art Tattoo (right arm and back), and my left arm had been stung by Jean-Philippe Burton in Bruxelles at Deuil Merveilleux
What is the story of your tattoos (numbers, place, … ) ? I’ve eleven tattoos, one on my back a sort of flower (my sister has the same at the same place), one on my right wrist a bow (symbol of the link between people), on my left forearm a dandelion (symbol of departure and rebirth), and on my left arm a helmet (for my father which is a biker, this one is next to my heart), a cloud (for a part of my life that wasn’t really happy, and I decided to “wear” it in front of me to face up to it everyday), a deer (for my mum, it’s her nickname, this tattoo is at the back of my arm and watch over me), a log (for my sister, it’s her nickname and we look in the same direction), a drawing of Keith Haring, a robin (for my childhood and my nurse on my shoulder), a heart (romantic girl!!), and a crown also drawn by Keith Haring (in a work ordered by Basquiat).
When did you start ? I was 18 years old
What was the reaction of your friends and family ? My father don’t care, my sister is tattooed, I think it’s little bit complicated for my mother to understand, my boyfriend loves it, and people opinion doesn’t matter to me, by the way, at Christmas my grandmother asked me why I had drawn with markers on my arm, and when I told her it was real tattoos she said “But who would like to tattoo this on his arm!” “Well me!”:)
Your next tattoo ? Nothing planned yet !
What would be your definition of the tattoo ? Some people want to glass cover their memories, I’m « skin covering » them.
When you will be an old man/ old woman ? I’d be a cool grandma with lots of tattoos that my grandchildren will color on my old wrinkled skin!
Your favorite picture ? Artist ? The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, by Keith Haring (1984) and also Unfinished painting (1989) representation of an unfinished life, the drama of his death sentence.
Your favorite restaurant ? La Locanda degli Amici in Ixelles (Bruxelles).
The perfect song ? Janis Joplin, Summertime.
Your site, blog, twitter, instagram, or other web stuff …
Tumblr : www.mavieactive.tumblr.com
Instagram : @lagauffre
Facebook : solene lagauffre
What entertains you right now ? The launching of a big project with my collaborator.