Artisan Festival: Tattooed Car makes public debut

Lexus is sponsoring the Hampton Court Palace Artisan Festival from 18 – 20 June 2021, where it will present its tattooed car to the public for the first time. This tattoo-inspired interpretation of the UX compact SUV was designed and created by leading London tattoo artist Claudia De Sabe.

De Sabe will demonstrate her techniques at the festival by “tattooing” a UX bonnet with three new bespoke designs each day between 11.00 and 16.00, at the Lexus Art Studio.  She will also participate in a live on-stage Q&A to talk about her craft and the influences and inspirations behind her art.

Hampton Court Palace Artisan Festival

The tattooed car was created as a tribute to the takumi craftsmanship and traditional Japanese artistry that is applied to every Lexus car. Using a pure white car as a “canvas” and a Dremel drill tool in place of a fine tattooing needle, Claudia produced a sweeping design featuring koi carp, a traditional motif in Japanese art, along the entire length of the vehicle. The tattooed UX doesn’t have a price tag, but it’s estimated the one-off artwork would cost upwards of £120,000.

A short film by Lexus shows how the tattooed car was created.

In addition to the tattooed car, Artisan Festival visitors will also be able to see the full range of Lexus hybrid luxury SUVs – the UX, mid-size NX and large RX models – on display at the Lexus Art Studio. They will also be able to experience test drives in the UX 300e – the first all-electric Lexus car, and the six-seat RX L, or take a chauffeured drive in the Lexus LC Convertible.

About the Hampton Court Palace Artisan Festival

The Hampton Court Palace Artisan Festival  brings together the best of gifting, crafts, traditional entertainment and delicious street food in a delightful festival setting within the palace’s stunning formal gardens.  More information about the festival is available here: Hampton Court Palace Artisan Festival. To book tickets click here: book tickets for Hampton Court Palace Artisan Festival

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