A family business

Clingfilm wraps the chairs to guard them from blood and ink, and skin-thin paper drawings rustle on the walls of tattoo parlour The Family Business. This shop’s Mafia-style name chimes with Italian owner Mo Copoletta’s slightly sinister personal style.

Copoletta's team

Copoletta’s team

The book’s hundreds of seductive pictures drip with exotic ephemera of the tattooist’s art, and pore-close detail of vibrantly coloured waves, fish, demons, snakes, birds, Virgin Marys – and especially strikingly – 1950s sci-fi film poster imagery. Confirmed blank canvasses may feel their resolution shaken.

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  • Nathalie Martin November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    There is going to be an exhibition of Fredi Marcarini’s portraits shot for the ‘Tattooed by the Family Business’ book at Heartbreak, a new gallery in Marylebone, from 16th to 26th September. http://www.heart-break.co.uk

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