Tattoo artists and tattoo aficionados who use Instagram may be familiar with the work of Italian tattoo artist Noa Yanni. With over 68k followers, her content makes thousands of impressions among tattoo artists and aficionados alike. While many people know her for her work in black and gray realism tattoos, Noa Yanni is also a classically trained sculptor. But, what makes Yanni such a unique and sought-after artist?
Noa Yanni grew up in Montecatini Terme, Tuscany as part of a family where “ ART HAS ALWAYS BEEN AT THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING " . From a young age, Yanni was immersed in art. One of the major artistic influences in her life has always been her mother, a contemporary sculptor. Because art had always been such an important part of her life, she decided to pursue a career in fine arts. She first attended the Lucca Art Institute and then continued on to the Academy of Fine Arts in Firenze where she graduated in 2010. She is the national award-winning sculptor of the two-ton marble “Tempo,” which can be seen at the Aeroporto internazionale Leonardo da Vinci in Rome, Italy.
Noa Yanni’s Early Tattoo Career
Noa Yanni stumbled upon tattooing while still in art school in 2005 when a tattoo artist friend offered to teach her the art form. She practiced for just one year before opening her first tattoo studio. For the first six years after opening her studio, she focused on obtaining skills in as many styles as possible. She practiced styles from Japanese to Maori and everything in between. She even traveled abroad to learn as much as she could. However, it wasn’t until 2011 when she was living in New York that she found her true artistic identity in the realism style that she has become known for.
Where is Noa Yanni Now?
Yanni splits her time between the three NOA INK TATTOO AND PIERCING studios in Terme, Pietrasanta, and Lucca. She can also be found participating in tattoo conventions around the world. Yanni occasionally collaborates with tattoo artists throughout Europe, including many in Italy, France, Germany, and Switzerland. When she is asked about her skills and her art, she says, “The idea of being able to bring such a complex style to the skin fascinates and stimulates me, I try to improve day after day, combining sacrifice with passion.”
Quantum Tattoo Ink and Noa Yanni Collaborations
At QUANTUM TATTOO INK , we are honored to have partnered with Noa Yanni on two different artist series collections: Noa Yanni Dark Matter and Noa Yanni Golden Wisdom.
THE NOA YANNI DARK MATTER SERIES was specially created to inspire artists who want to create the type of black and gray work that have made Yanni famous. The tattoo inks in this artist series, with names inspired by astronomy and physics, can be purchased individually or as a boxed SET containing 8 different tattoo ink colors. The set, including blacks for lining and filling, white, two gray washes, and several shades of gray, is a great complete starter set for any black and gray work.
THE NOA YANNI GOLDEN WISDOM SERIES has a more colorful approach. While Noa Yanni’s black and gray work is what most people know her for, the results of her colorwork are also spectacular. The colors in the custom-curated Golden Wisdom series are perfect examples of the rich and vibrant tones that can be found in her realism colorwork. The tattoo inks in this artist series, with names for constellations, stars, and other night sky phenomena, are as beautiful and colorful as the galaxy is vast. These colors can be purchased individually or as a complete 12-piece boxed SET.
Both of these special Artist Series tattoo ink sets provide amazing, professional results and make a great kit for any tattoo artist.