For generations, Ibiza has been a magnet for explorers and dreamers, attracting creative and free-spirited minds from around the world. They still come, of course, but the islands is attracting an internationally diverse group of entrepreneurs, movers and shakers who not only want to experience all the White Isle has to offer, but also want to leave their mark in a collaborative and sustainable way. Here are just a few of our wonderful friends who are doing just that…
How long have you lived here? What brought you to Ibiza and why?
I first came to Ibiza in 1993 to attend the very first tattoo convention on the island with Filip Leu, Mick Zurich and Luke Atkinson. I continued to tattoo on the road for another year until a conversation with Fillip’s father and my tattooing mentor, the legendary Felix Leu, convinced me that Ibiza needed a good tattooist and studio. I took a studio in Mercado Viejo, which for the last 20 years has been known as Inkadelic Tattooing Ibiza.
What do you do here? How would you describe your typical work day?
I spend the first few hours every morning drawing for upcoming projects before going to the studio where I tattoo for the entire day. Throughout the summer the studio will stay open late into the night, sometimes until one or two in the morning. I like to take the time to see friends afterwards but enjoy coming home to develop my drawings in my personal time.
What positive changes have you seen in Ibiza over the years and what would you like to see improve?
One positive change is that my house has gone up in price, but seriously, it would be nice if certain laws and obstacles attaining to freedom of expression were more relaxed. I feel that the real Ibiza and its spirit has become diluted and endangered and that’s a shame.
What are your plans for the next five years?
We are celebrating 20 years at Inkadelic this year, so in five years I’ll be celebrating 25 years of putting on and doing good, solid and honest tattoos on the island!
Where do you go in Ibiza to escape the crowds in the summer and what are your favourite winter hideouts?
To escape the crowds in the summer I’ll go to my house up in the castle or to friends’ houses in the campo. I also love to cycle and hike as they both give me a break from the city.
Top three clubs?
Inkadelic, DC-10 and Underground.
Top three restaurants?
La’Pero, El Gigote and Can Zuldat.
Top three beaches?
I’m actually not into beaches at all, much more of a mountain soul so I can’t answer that!