Andrianna Moulinos also known as Antikki, is a handpoke tattoo artist and illustrator. She is currently residing in Bristol working as a resident artist at Foreverbound Tattoo. Her introduction into handpoke and becoming a professional tattooist evolved very naturally. Already having experience in the creative industry and studying Art and Design, she went on to learn handpoke while travelling in Nepal and India in 2017. The experience and portfolio she gained from travelling helped here to find opportunities to tattoo in studios around England, Scotland and Europe. One of her highlights is being involved with Meadow's in the Mountain's festival in Bulgaria where she has her own tattoo stall.
The handpoke technique is a traditional method of tattooing where the process is made by hand rather than a machine. It was used in ancient civilisations and is still used throughout indigenous cultures. Andrianna's knowledge and experience of this method is self-taught, while being influenced by other nomadic tattooers who she met on her travels.
Her natural introduction into tattooing helped Andrianna to appreciate it's ceremonial purpose and the origins of why we tattoo. To permanently mark our skin is to symbolise a transformation, and the painful process of attaining it is just as important as the final aesthetic. To be able to create a tattoo with her own energy is why Andrianna chose to practice handpoke because it is a much more intimate process. She also likes to create custom designs for people that have a deeper meaning and tell their personal story. The final aesthetic consists of unique dotwork that can not be achieved with a machine and it is a style of tattoo that looks like it belongs with the skin.
Andrianna's inspiration for her art and it's unique style comes from her constant research and passion for all art forms. Her initial inspiration comes from nature, symbolism and art found in indigenous cultures. However there are many more influences such as the artist Keith Haring and her love for dance and the music industry. The underlying message throughout all of her work is that it's rooted in spirituality and the celebration of diversity. Weaving together these ancient and modern cultural influences shows us that we are one universal consciousness. Andrianna finds it important for her art to tell this story through visual symbols so it creates a universal language that everyone can connect with.
Since her style has developed it has formed it's own 'Antikki' branding which has been explored through creating merchandise, painting murals and working for clients. You can visit the websites Press page to see other projects she has been involved with. To keep up to date with Andrianna's work, you can follow her on Instagram or visit her online shop to purchase prints and handmade artwork.