Apila (born 1991) first began their tattooing journey in late 2019 as an apprentice in the former 69 Tattoo (now called Pine Art & Tattoo). In November 2020 Apila started working at Studio Hellä, which they founded with a group of lovely artists.
Apila’s tattooing style is colourful and cartoony. They love to tattoo super cute creatures with bold lineart. Abstract tattoos are also one of Apila’s favourites to tattoo.
In addition to making tattoos Apila is also an illustrator, comics artist & graphic designer. Apila has illustrated loads of book (especially youth and children’s novels) for a variety of publishers in Finland. As a freelancer Apila creates visuals and illustrations for mainly organizations.
Since 2012 Apila has been selling their art at comic conventions and other sales events in Finland and abroad. You can purchase Apila’s comics books, stickers, postcards and accessories from Studio Hellä’s Hellä Shop and from their online store.
Apila has studied graphic design in Aalto University and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the same University. They are still working on their Master of Arts degree in Visual Communication Design in Aalto.
They are originally from a small town called Siilinjärvi in Eastern Finland but have been living in Helsinki for 10 years now.