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Meet Ylenia Manzoni - Tattoo Artist Interview

Updated: Dec 20, 2018


Meet Ylenia (@vin_il), a young Tattoo Artist from Bergamo (Italy).

"Creating a “character” is not what really counts in life, you'll realise over the years that your substance is what really matters", she says.

Let's get to know her.


Ylenia Manzoni

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do?

Hi, there, my name is Ylenia, I live in Bergamo (Italy) with my partner and my Dachshund. I am a tattoo artist.

I’ve been doing this for 11 years, I currently work in Brescia (Italy), but I travel every month as a guest Tattoo Artist in various studios in Italy and all over Europe.


Being a woman who works in the tattoo industry must be tough. Tell us more! When did your journey start and what motivated you?

I don’t think being a Female Tattoo Artist could be hard. In the last 5 years the number of women in the Tattoo world noticeably increased.

I found myself working in a Tattoo shop as an assistant and I slowly fell in love with this art, so I jumped into this adventure.


What’s your favourite piece that you’ve created?

I don’t really have a favourite piece. The day I’ll have a favourite one I’ll probably have to quit, as I’m constantly striving to improve myself and translate my client’s idea in the best possible way. Many people forget that our job is about hand-crafting, which means, the idea comes from the client, but the tattoo artist’s talent is about truly understand it and translate in a drawing, in the most original way.



How do you find inspiration on an average day? Do you have any rituals?

I love drawing in the morning with a soft light spreading into my living room, surrounded by plants and a good music in the background. Every day is different, sometimes the drawings comes up very naturally without having to use any picture as a reference (I tent to use only real life pictures, so I won’t get influenced by other’s ideas).


What kind of music drives you?

Most part of the music I listen to comes from the 60’s. I love Italian artists such as Luigi Tenco and Fabrizio De Andrè, which are definitely my favourites.


Favourite film and why?

My two favourite films are Tornatore’s “Nuovo Cinema Paradiso” and “The Sound of Music” I miei due film preferiti in assoluto sono “Nuovo Cinema Paradiso” di Tornatore e “The Sound Of Music”.

They are both classics, I love the first one for the setting, the taste of life and the postwar period, and the second one, I’ve been watching it since a was a child, so I am very affectionate to it.

Do you advertise yourself and your art in any way?

Social Media is where people can see all my work.


Did Instagram help you to promote your art and how?

Yes, surely. Instagram is now the most successful channel, I think.

Other than just showcasing my finished work, thanks to Instagram stories my followers can watch live, while I’m executing it.


Do you have any advice to give to new female entrepreneurs who want to start their businesses?

Well, I am going to speak specifically to the new Female Tattoo Artists. Don’t be impatient to create a style. When you learn how to read , you start from the ABC and this rule applies to everything in life.

I would also say to many others that, even tho today everything seems to be so superficial, creating yourself a “character” is not what really counts in life, throughout the years you will realise that the substance is what’s really matters.


Thank You Ylenia :)


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