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Akillis Paris - Tattoo Collection

Akillis creates tattoos-as-jewelry, the newest collection by jeweler and designer Caroline Gaspard. With Tattoo, Akillis continues its exploration of ethno-rock, enriching the unique, unexpected, and innovative field of jewelry-as-ink in homage to the tattoo artistry of the Maori.

Maori warriors defined themselves by acts of bravery, which translated into social status. Tattoos, a traditional symbol of prestige, bore witness to their endeavors, forming a record of important events.

Treating the body as a canvas and conceived of as a second skin, the new collection from Caroline Gaspard, infused with the spirit of the tribal warrior and marries oceanic lines with Akillis’s signature style. Offered in black and white, this line plays with a palette as bold as it is pure, as masculine as it is feminine.

The Tattoo collection, which offers everything from pieces for everyday wear to spectacular high jewelry, is designed for anyone and everyone who wants their jewels to dazzle in the morning, the evening, and back again.

Appreciating the authentic Maori style, curved and pointed angles highlight the lines and muscles of the body. The jeweler infuses her own graphic rock style into this timeless aesthetic.

The artistic director was captivated by the commendable courage and strength that inspired the inkings, just as she was inspired by the heroism and mindset of the legendary Greek, Achilles, who has lent his name to the Akillis brand for over 10 years.

Caroline adds a new seductive dimension to the established Akillis stylebook of python scales and steel triangles. She forces contrast into conversation, clashing and melding the swells, slits, soft curves and keen points of waves, harpoons, spirals, and arrows. The triangle, for example, an Akillis calling-card, symbolizes tenacity among Oceanic people and crops up in black diamond and hollowed-out shark teeth motifs.

Conceived from countless sketches, born of an arrangement of lines and figures where every element depends on the one before and after it, the never-before-seen geometric calligraphy stands out on the skin.


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