Alessandro Capozzi On Tattoos, Fine Art, and Giving Back

Fine-line. Hyper-realistic. Single-needle.

These are Italian tattoo artist Alessandro Capozzi’s specialties.

But if you had to qualify the 24-year-old’s work, words like “delicate,” “meticulous,” and “monochromatic” are more likely to come to mind. The artist, who owns the Aureo Roma studio just minutes from the Colosseum, has a standout style you won’t soon forget.

Today Aureo Roma is Rome’s top-ranking tattoo studio. Known internationally, it’s set up like an art gallery, filled with fine art paintings, and welcomes guest artists from across the globe.

On Establishing a Unique Vision:
Capozzi has developed a striking sense of cohesiveness in his work, coupled with a rare sense of individuality. No two of his tattoos are the same.

Yet, his ink features unparalleled consistency. Capozzi’s pieces are rife with contrast: black vs. white, blurred vs. focused, flawlessly shaded vs. filled with negative space. The dichotomy of his artistry has made him an overnight success, with clients from across the globe commissioning his work. You’ll likely find it hard to believe he launched his studio just three years ago, at 21.

On Building a Celebrity Clientele:
Ask Capozzi about his clients, and he’ll share a lengthy list of high-profile people.

Most recently, Capozzi worked with Nickelodeon star Jack Griffo in Los Angeles, while Ashley Greene—from the Twilight Saga—and her husband Paul Khoury flew to Rome for their custom pieces. Other clients include Ben Hardy, of Bohemian Rhapsody fame, and professional rugby player Ryan Crotty; the latter came to Aureo Roma all the way from New Zealand.

“My goal is to create unique art pieces for each one of my customers,” Capozzi explains, “and to elevate tattooing to a fine art form that reflects the inner self in an extremely readable and passionate way.”

On Giving Back:
While Capozzi invests most of his time in his business, he also contributes to the greater good.

Not long ago, he took part in an international non-profit project called “Healing Ink.” Capozzi and several peers—including celebrated tattoo artist Ryan Ashley Malarkey—made custom pieces for victims of terrorist attacks. The event took place in several Israeli locations, and participants were each given a personalized tattoo to promote healing. Capozzi found the experience transformative.

To stay on top of Capozzi’s work and travels, follow him on Instagram (@alessandro_capozzi, @aureoroma). You can also visit Aureo Roma Tattoo & Gallery for more information.