Between wall and skin – Luca Font

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Born with graffiti writing, living with tattooing and drawing, everything else yet to be known.

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You’re most well-known for your street art and tattooing, which came first and how did you end up at the other?

I started painting graffiti at the age of 15 or 16, so streets and trains definitely came first… Growing up I started getting tattooed, so at some point I thought: why not?

Street culture and tattoo culture are two quite distinct subcultures, how do you feel you fit in and are inspired by either?

I’m not comfortable with labels, stereotypes and the ‘just because’ kind of rules, thus I don’t really feel like belonging 100% to either street culture or tattoo culture. I just put what I like into what I do and that’s pretty much it.

Where else do you find inspiration for your work?

Anything visual and travels. And cats, everybody should have an illogical and laid-back life like cats do.

“Each surface forces you to rethink your approach both technically and visually speaking…”

Luca Font at work.


Whale © Luca Font

Your style if very abstract and graphic, what draws you to this?

My mom always took me to museums, but I preferred video games and skateboard graphics instead! And even when you grow up, bad habits are something hard to get rid of.

Typefaces are rooted in graphics, is that where your nickname Font comes from?

Not really. In 2001 I got bored of painting more proper graffiti and I thought it might have been cool to paint using simple typefaces instead. Writing Font using fonts was the next and (at least for me) the most logical step.

Blacking bad, Padua 2014 © Luca Font

The canvases you work on are soft skin and hard wall, two most contradicting surfaces, how do you move between the two?

Somehow I keep going back and forth… Each surface forces you to rethink your approach both technically and visually speaking, which is quite interesting as when I’m drawing something for a tattoo I often think that I can adapt it for a wall and vice versa. There’s a constant contamination between the two fields.

When tattooing, how do you combine your vision with what your client wants?

I always put my own thoughts in every design that I do, but the customer’s vision is just as important as mine since everybody can come up with ideas you would have never thought about!

“And cats, everybody should have an illogical and laid-back life like cats do.”

© Luca Font

Comparatively doing graffiti must be the most liberating thing?

It always is… It’s the reason I picked up a spray can for the first time after all, and it’s the reason why I paint still today.

Working in these different formats, where is the strangest place that you have seen your work?

Train yards I guess! It’s such a magical and weird micro-world. You would never tell from the outside…

Sleep B&B Reception © Luca Font