We live in a global village in today’s date, where ideas and notions of beauty, design, style and fashion have intersected in so many points across the globe, that you cannot label them to particular regions. And this tremendous rise of globalised counter culture has given birth to an idea of style that is very individualistic. More and more people, be it through their tattoos or body mods or choice of apparels and accessories, are seeking to find their individual outlets of self expression through these mediums.
A year ago, in January 2018, I was in Chiang Mai, Thailand covering the wonderful Chiang Mai Tattoo Fest. It was one of the experiences of a lifetime, as i came across some of the most interesting folks in our community, and made friends from all over the world. One of whom I was completely dazzled by – Ippo Lita.
Hailing from Italy, Ippo is one of the most stunningly beautiful tattoo collectors I have ever come across. Yeah, she be sooo pretty. But, over the last year, we became good friends, and I started noticing that Ippo isn’t just another traveler from Europe exploring the mystique East, but has invested a lot of time and energy in coming up with her own line of jewellery, Dakini_jewelry. Her design impressions seem to be set in tattoo and cultural imagery, and her sense of aesthetic seems to be a bridge between the Eastern cultures and how she interprets them. Some of her stuff is too good to resist, and so I wanted to know more about how she is approaching this new road she has embarked upon.
Shubham (S): When did you start Dakini_jewelry and what was the thought behind it?
Ippo (I): Dakini_jewelry started more or less a year ago. I always loved to wear a particular kind of jewellery, and often it’s difficult to find what you exactly are looking for… lets say impossible! So, at that time, I decided to draw and realize my own ear weights, then people started to show interest and asking me where I was buying them from, and that was the beginning of this beautiful path that i decided to call Dakini_jewelry.
S: Tell us a little about who are the people or type of people you are making this for?
I: I’m making my designs based on what I would like to wear. There is not a specific type of person that I draw for, but for sure (because of my style), normally my costumers are tattoos and body mod lovers…
S: Where do you source your gems and metal from, and how do you make your things?
I: I spend a lot of time travelling in and around Asia, where I’m always looking for my small treasures, like particular stones, inspirational traditional design elements, or new techniques of making jewellery. It’d be fair to say that there is not any unique source of the materials I use. My jewellery are always different; they are the result of my travels, of my experiences I have on the road.
S: How big an influence have the eastern cultures been for you?
I: Eastern culture has always been (and always will be) my first and major source of inspiration! I just LOVE IT!
S: Tell us a little about your tattoos
I: I have always been fascinated by the tattoo world since I was a teenager. My first tattoos were made by some friends. I didn’t have an inclination towards any style at that time, but growing and understanding more about my self and about tattoos, I started to love and got focussed on oriental tattooing and black works. Now, slowly slowly, I’m working on my full body project with a single artist that I have always admired because of his clean and powerful compositions.