Spanish photographer and all round legend Javier Vallhonrat was mentioned this week by Kate Moss in a Stylist magazine interview, she said she would love to work with him one day. Mossy, you are bang on once again. He is an incredible artist with a creative vision that we can all relate to. His CV is impressive, having done editorial for Vogue and New York Times magazine, advertising campaigns for Christian Lacroix, Comme des Garcons and Versace, commercial films for YSL and L’Oreal and then there is the never ending list of books and exhibitions he has worked on. Trooper. His abstract approach to design makes him a true Spanish icon to join the Picasso and Pedro Almodovar ranks. Javier Vallhonrat, we salute you!
I love this brand and their quirky yet respectful signature approach to design. It’s perfect for the up-coming festival season to help you stand out from the crowd and it is purse pleaser too, so you can afford to pick up a couple of pieces. I’ll be popping along to their press launch tonight so watch out for those @VogueAlchemist tweets tonight!
Be different. Be Ukulele
This weekend Katy and I took part in Nivea’s Dare To Dip campaign. It involved paddling around in a tank in the middle of Convent Garden in your swimsuit for everyone to see. When Nivea asked us to do this, we jumped at the chance to change our Saturday routine and have a fun memory to smile about in years to come.
Look what I saw on the TicketWeb front page today (nothing to do with me) only XXYYXX billed as the hottest electronic act right now! VogueAlchemist featured the young artist last year as one to watch. Read the original post here.
Last year VogueAlchemist featured emerging pop-shop designer Funky Bling A few months on, Funky Bling has been worn by Little Mix to Rita Ora and now has an online presence on ASOS. I love seeing designers grow organically and spotting the designs on people on the street, I feel incredibly proud!
ASOS Funky Bling
Tattoos have become a fashion accessory amongst many. If you put in the research you can find a tattooist to put a permanent piece of art on your body. Unfortunately there are also knock off low grade parlours that struggle to see the difference between the word angel and angle.
Sometimes when my friends show me their tattoos my initial reaction is “Well you can always remove it” which in hindsight probably isn’t very supportive. So what is it like to get a tattoo removed?
I’m lucky I work in an industry where tattoos aren’t taboo and tats make for great water cooler conversation. But I have been curious about removal for a while, not because I regret or need to get one to check-out early, but because I wonder what it’s like if ever decided to go down that route. You hear so much conflicting information and I wanted to know the facts.
I reached out to a few places to work with for this feature. A clinic on Harley Street, Sk:n and The Circle. Although the women in the first two clinics were lovely and accommodating, I got the impression they had never had a tattoo or really understood the tattoo industry. The Circle amalgamate everything brilliant and wonderful about the tattoo world. Wayne aka the Tattoo Whisperer talked me through the process in a frank and open manner that I hadn’t experienced before. What he doesn’t know about tattoo removal isn’t worth knowing. He goes into such detail about the science and medical aspects of the process that left this quantum mechanics loving mademoiselle mentally dizzy. He lives and breathes tattoos, he asks you questions you wished you had thought about and manages your expectations.
After the initial consultation, filling in paperwork and making sure everything is sterile, Wayne requires you have no real or fake tan as this hinders the process and may require more sessions than needed. With Wayne it is very much a one on one session. Unlike other places Wayne doesn’t use numbing gel and instead he uses a cyro machine that delivers blasts of cold air to sooth and make the process as pain-free as possible. It also minimizes any swelling and blistering that is a common side effect of removal. The actual process is incredibly quick, milliseconds. He gives me a quick zap of his Q-Switch machine so I know what to expect and the sensation is like a little elastic band flicking you, after my initial jolt, he zaps me again and it’s done. I think blinking takes longer. The aftercare is natural, let it breathe, try not to get it wet, keep it out of the sun, and if needed, add some natural aloe vera gel for 10-14 days.
It has been a few days and I have had no blistering, scaring, swelling and I can already see the ink being broken down. I’ll need another 3 sessions to completely remove but it’s incredible to find out how easy it is to remove a tattoo and if you go to people who are immersed in tattoos you know you’re in safe hands and you’re not being charged a premium because the receptionist is wearing a white coat.
The process has been an incredible one and I’ll be documenting the remaining sessions to show the complete process of tattoo removal.
Images by Christophe Suant for VogueAlchemist
Wayne currently has a waiting list and prices start from £40 per session. If you’d like to find out more information or a consultation please contact:
Wayne 0207 7343499
21 Noel Street, Soho, W1F 8GP
What a song! Can anyone else hear rub a Mexican monkey?