Master of Brutality: The Transformative Tattoos of Valerio Cancellier

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Valerio Cancellier’s journey as a tattooer started 20 years ago. His first tools were these; today using tattooing machines for his evolved large-scale, savage body-art style. He is not one to be reassuring clients through the intense tattoo process (that is like a ritual), one that contains much pain and blood and sometimes the person enduring the ink gets sick. It is done to give that person a completely new experience, to push them to their limit, to transform themselves. A few of the volunteered candidates were Milan model Loscoboy and tattooist Michela Bottin who took part in the “Brutal Black Project,” founded in 2015 by Cancellier and Cammy Stewart. See more about this disturbing yet fascinating project in this video produced by Vice.

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Adriana (aka The Tattoo Journalist) is a Webby Award-winning designer, editor of Scene360, and author of this book. Acquiring 20 years of writing experience in fine arts, Adriana has dedicated much time to documenting tattooists' lives and work. She also contributes to Tattoo Kulture, Inked, TattooLife, and other publications. Follow the author @ Instagram and view more articles.

September 10, 2018 Art Body Art Dark Art Disturbing Weird