A motley crue of weirdos, running a shop for weirdos.
After various stints solo or in different studios, Delphine decided that working together with the right people is better than doing it alone. And, of course, a whole lot more fun. Surrounded by such incredibly talented people in her life, it just made absolute sense to invite them into her mind and build a world with them. So along came Mimi and Laurent- two of the sweetest, funniest and skilled guys in the industry today. If her crazy back piece isn't proof enough, then we don't know what is. As a collective we were all in need of a quiet, cosy, creative space where we could do what we do best, with the best people. As with everything that we do, the shop was born from collaboration- and thus, our little, weird-ass family was born. From squabbles about the windows being open, to the entire group singing renditions of 'Willy Bum Bum'- we make sure that in everything we do family comes before business.
A Mercurial Creative. This would probably be the best way to describe this versatile character shaped by wild experiences.
From tattooing in squats and raver’s trucks to the most prestigious International Conventions, Delphine has done nothing other than work her ass off to make her mark on the world. Not to forget working alongside and with Xed LeHead at Divine Canvas, Tattoo Mania (MTL/Canada), Norm Will Rise (L.A/USA), Roxx at 2Spirit (SF/USA), just to note a few.
For the past decade she has been exploring various styles and techniques, always willing to experiment and blend elements nobody else would think of.
From embroidering fine lacework, to splattering heavy brush work, her palette is forever in shades of black. But her interests are everywhere, curvy and organic Art Nouveau, soft black and grey realism to fiddly dot work realism also play a huge part in her world.
Here, in 2016, she finds herself raising her first child- the unruly (but endearing as hell), tattoo studio called The Lacemakers Sweatshop. An extension of the discotheque of thoughts in her brain, she's finally putting her message of love, practise and beauty into a physical space.
Although all of this would have never happened if she had never crossed the path of an enigmatic tattooist named Laurent Maina in 2006.
In her spare time?
You can find her frolicking in the outskirts of London with her ginormous horse Duke; dancing to Tool (or Justin Bieber :/ ) with her dogs Akki and Bulma drinking Frozen Margaritas; or writing positive messages of body empowerment on her saucy Insta, @_razoreater_.
TOP 3 SONGS:
Les Fleurs du Mal- Baudelaire
Tattoo- Jeff Gogue
Art- Theodore Gericault
FAV FOOD: (important):
There is no right term to perfectly define this softly spoken wanderer.
His style has been shaped throughout his numerous nomadic experiences over the past two decades. After years around Asia and the East, his tattooing has refined into subtle and detailed Thai ornaments, bold and powerful Japanese, spiritual and shapely Tibetan imagery and calligraphy. He eventually put travelling on hold to explore a more psychedelic journey working alongside Xed LeHead and the Divine Canvas team, exploring the endless possibilities of Geometry and Blackwork.
It was there when destiny took hold and he rekindled with an older version of that seventeen year old girl he had met in a dodgy South of France shop in 2006.
2016 finds this sarcastic Abba fan working half the time in our little shop, and the other half doing what he does best: chilling in the sunshine of the South of France. And he certainly deserves it after his overwhelmingly accomplished career of twenty-odd years.
In his spare time?
Nerding out in his room over guitars and documentaries about chem-trails; spending every hour like it's 4:20pm; or cooking the best damn Thai food you'll ever eat.
TOP 3 SONGS:
American Pyscho - Bret Easton Ellis
Art- Francis Bacon
FAV FOOD (important):
A kaleidoscopic artist, and straight-up weirdo.
It is with an unsettling nonchalance that Mimi creates his designs and moves his machine. He makes anything and everything look easy, effortless and flawless.
Landing from his natal island of La Reunion to metropolitan France, he took on apprenticing under the aegis of the renowned Tin-tin in Paris. After a few years, his need to fly with his own wings brought him to London and he found himself disembarking in MxM's (Maxime Buchi) studio: Sang Bleu.
His style is as hard to describe as him: a cunning mix of dainty linework; soft and desaturated colours; Art-Nouveau inspired curves and compositions and, of course, a mind-blowing technicality.
To sum it up, the most graceful and out-of-this-world work produced at The Lacemakers Sweatshop.
It (almost) makes up for the fact that he will be running late at least 100 percent of the time.
2016 finds this guy pinning his rainbow/unicorn banner proudly above his workspace, (terrifyingly realistic cat-shaped doorstop in tow) endlessly bringing the entire shop close to tears of laughter with pantomimes of Ozzy and James Hetfield.
(NOTE: I LOVE writing about other people, but I find it virtually impossible to write about myself, especially in the third person, so you can have it in the first. Delphine told me I had to include myself. Apologies if I've ruined the mysticism of the shop's faceless biographer.)
Before you ask- no, I'm not training to be a tattoo artist. I'm just doing my own thing back here, and that works for us.
I stumbled into Delphine's life last year, when my temper got the best of me and I stormed out of my Fashion Media and Promotion degree a week before hand-in. Stupid, right? Currently it's hard to see it that way- as I wandered from a claustrophobic Brighton, straight into the arms and spare room of an absolute stranger: Ms. Noiztoy. It wasn't for a few weeks and some snooping on Instagram that I found out my new landlord was pretty badass, and just getting the keys to her new studio. Stranger > Landlord > Boss > BFF.
So, with my love of writing and branding combined with my first-class cocktail making, I was taken onboard to midwife Delphine's labour of love. And lord, has it been a surreal, exciting, yet somewhat gory experience. It's a pleasure to help sculpt a studio that is people-centric- after the butt-load of bad, elitist experiences I have endured myself.
In her spare time?
You can find me deep in a k-hole of paper and magazine cut-outs in my room, trying to put together one A4 collage; spending too much money in Monki on Carnaby street; transfixed on DuoLingo pretending/trying to learn French; or missing films by IMDbing where I have seen that actor before.
TOP 3 SONGS:
Tattoo- Elliot Wells
Art- Ray Pettibon
Fav Food (important):