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The renowned International Tattoo Convention in Milano took place last weekend, hosting very important artists such as Miss Arianna, Chad Koeplinger, Adrian Edek, Horimasa or Tai Iglesias.

Conventions are like fairs, offering lots of entertainment with many events programmed, artists not only tattooing but also showing their amazing sketchbooks and selling merch, and of course, showing their skills on the field, available to every attendant. Indeed, it’s the best promo they can have, even though it’s harder for some of the artists to stay focused due to so much bustle.

You can get a tattoo on the go, but many artists work on command, this is, they’ve already scheduled appointments with clients. If you think about it, it’s easier and cheaper travel to a big city such as Milano or London, rather than visiting certain artists to their parlors in God knows where in Poland.

Thanks to Internet, nowadays it’s possible to follow up the development of the events at tattoo conventions. Plenty of updates including photos of the pieces done might get you a picture of what’s going on.

Pietro Sedda is a Cagliari born artist settled in Milano who works at The Saint Mariner. I’ve been following him for a couple of years already, amazed by his conceptual work I will refer to in a minute (or half).

Checking his Milano updates on Sunday, I discovered he had received the best artist award for Saturday. Curious as it seems, there is a single day award, and Pietro was the most acclaimed on the 9th. His previous post was this amazing piece I presume he did that day. I agree with the jury decision, this piece is so much different from what I’ve seen lately, it’s impressive.

mon amour by Pietro Sedda

The merging of the sailor with the couple kissing, and the twilight sea scape, with the lettering C’est La Vie on one hand, and Mon Amour on the beret, is so romantic, and dreamy!

The new old school extended tendency and expertise of the Italian artists is again proved by Sedda’s work, and even though all are remarkable fr their own personal features, Sedda’s conceptual tattoos make a difference.

Birds are usually portrayed including a human a human face inside, which makes me think of human beings deprived of freedom, as if locked up inside the body of a bird, the ultimate symbol for freedom.

human birds by Pietro Sedda

This is something very similar to the pieces related to men and krakens or octopus. Men are trapped by their tentacles, as if swallowed, and women are the octopus, ready to embrace, grab, and finally catch you for themselves.

octopus by Pietro Sedda

Human faces are quite enigmatic, and literally puzzling sometimes.

puzzled people by Pietro Sedda

Faces can also be used as the lid, the cover of a recipient, which can already contain something, usually some other creatures. Those removable faces remind me of s the 70’s horror sci-fi movie, Westworld. Brynner’s quite creepy.

westworld faces Pietro Sedda

In the animal world, not only birds predominate, but also the sea creatures such as whales.

whales by Pietro Sedda

Anyway, there’s no doubt about his preference for human beings. It’s like Sedda was always trying to face en against some other creatures, mainly animals, being these the winning side in the struggle. And there’s another element, translated into skulls, which always wins: Death.

death by Pietro Sedda

His technique is super clean and very solid. The use of shading is outstanding in faces, especially in eye contour, and wrinkles, however, his characters show this neutral and cold expression, quite typical in this old school. Their glance does not help you in understanding what’s going on, but what comes with them, the accesories, which have the same relevance as the creature.

Wish I could ask Sedda about the meaning of his personal symbolism. Probably he’d laugh reading about my personal interpretation of them. What is true is that all this crypticism is very appealing and Sedda is a master of the riddles through tattoos. If you like his work, you can follow him on FB or visit his beautiful website. Pretty amazing, don’t you think?


My 2012 target is to get a piece by Miss Arianna. As soon as I can afford it, will visit her at her own studio, Skinwear Tattoo Shop, in Rimini (Italy).

I discovered her work via Tumblr half year ago, and really got me impressed.

The color treatment is awesome. The palette is really intense and bold.

The tattoo concept is quite unique. You can see many owls, daggers, women, and vessels, in others’ designs, but she’s really creative, focused of details and very precise, turning her pieces into something very different.

Many people have taken her as a reference regarding the Traditional style, I might not be so acquainted and expert in this world, but since I saw the results, I immediately had a crush.

This is my personal favorite.

You can check her portfolio here, and if interested, could join me on my flash trip to Rimini, let’s hope it doesn’t take too long.

Once this said, I feel like telling you about some future ideas or projects I got in mind.

You know the meaning of my other tattoos, already explained, which have to do with Japan symbols, the dichotomy of good-bad experiences in life, and the lion protector.

Well, changing not only style, but also ideas, and once I’ve overcome a rough period of time, I’m seeing the future in a very positive way. Many things are to happen, lots of stuff to enlighten my life, generally speaking, I got a life ahead.

Time and future are becoming now, something important for me. Everything is unknown and my future unwritten. Sure plenty of good things may occur, all the same with awful experiences (hope not many). I need to stay strong and follow the right path, on one hand, and feel curious at the same time.

You might think I’m too standard or whatever, but this is how I feel now as to reflec t it on my skin.

I’m passionate about lighthouses, they are firm, strong, no matter the trouble, nor the obstacles, they’re standing by the shore, with the task of showing the right path, the end of the voyage, to those at the mercy of the powerful sea. I need a guiding light.

The future, again, is unwritten. You cannot believe much in magic nor predictions, at least I don’t. However, the old concept of the gipsy seeing your future through a crystal ball, is very attractive. What will happen? Will everything be alright?

Another idea that gets me a bit crazy and obsessed is the passing of time. I’ve always been pretty scared of death, to be more specific, it’s hard to conceive the end of my consciousness. I’m one of these all time thinkers, I have dreams and remember part of many quite often, I cannot believe eventually that won’t happen, and my mental self, my inner self, won’t work for itself any longer. Thus, now that I’m 35, and likely to live more or less the same, I think you have to make your lifetime profitable, and don’t get stuck, as I’ve already done for many years, to something or someone worthless. Don’t extend much longer, I love the concept of the hourglass, you can see, how much time is gone, and how much remains.