Emilia Lindberg is a former tattoo artist whose figurative, feminine paintings exclusively depict women – her rockstar fans include Slash, Papa Emeritus and Myles Kennedy.

Emilia has an uncompromising nature, and her path to her latest exhibition at the Monaco Art fair has been anything but conventional….

You have a background in tattooing – does that impact your painting, or are
the two styles kept very separate?’

It´s two different art forms and they both inspire me but in different ways.

How did you get into tattooing and how long have you been doing it for?

I started tattooing 15 years ago. That was my chance to do something creative. And at the same time earn some money. I always have the painting in the back of my mind and dreamt of being a recognized artist.

You have some amazing rockstars fans in the likes of Slash, Myles Kennedy
and Tobias Forge – how did they discover your work?

How I meet Slash is kind of funny. A member of his crew wanted to do a tattoo while they were staying in Sweden, as she had heard that I was “the tattoo artist to go to if you are in Sweden”. Two weeks before she had her appointment she actually contacted me and asked if I had time for Slash too, so I did them both.

When the girl left me and meet Myles Kennedy she said to him, “if you ever go to Sweden. Go to Emilia to get your tattoo”. While I did Myles tattoo he saw some of my art and really liked it. When it comes to Tobias I meet him in a taxi and was introduced as a painter,
At a festival he also signed a painting I worked on that then was sold to the Stockholm local community.

Are these artists you were already a fan of? If so, how did you feel when they became your fans?

These are artists I liked and listened to for a long time, so its funny because when I meet
them, somehow I never get´s me starstruck or anything. I am just me, and they just like me for who I am.

Which bands do you listen to most, and can you recommend a band we may not have heard of but should check out?

I listen to Metallica and Volbeat when I am out partying or even 90-teens techno..haha. I can recommend you all to listen to the Swedish band Mustasch, I really like them a lot!

Aside from music, what else influences your art and your personal style?

I am very inspired by burlesque and classic fashion.

Where can we find out more about you and your artwork?

I own a gallery in the Old Town (Gamla Stan) in Stockholm where you can see some of my art and buy my paintings. You can also order your own personal painting directly from me, just contact me.

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