Red Spade Stu­dio in­cor­po­rates a range of creative en­deav­ours

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VALENTINA Messina, aka Penny Lane, and Fed­erico Bar­baro (Re­ver­bero), have founded a fas­ci­nat­ing busi­ness on Al­bert Walk, in­cor­po­rat­ing tat­too art, mu­sic and vis­ual arts.

The cou­ple live in Bally­brack and spent months look­ing for the right place be­fore set­ting up in Bray a few months ago. Cur­rently es­tab­lished as a tat­too stu­dio, they plan to in­stall record­ing stu­dios up­stairs in the com­ing months.

‘We cre­ated ev­ery­thing from noth­ing, ev­ery­thing was white,’ Valantina said of the space, which they have stamped with their own unique mark. There are gui­tars hang­ing on the wall, and vis­i­tors are wel­come to pick them up and jam if they so wish.

‘We wanted to give peo­ple the chance to get in­spired,’ said Valentina. ‘So it’s about ev­ery­thing – vis­ual, mu­sic. We are spe­cialised in cus­tom things – cus­tom art, cus­tom de­sign, cus­tom tat­toos. So it means that we need to speak with the peo­ple to take out their ideas and point of view. The kind of de­sign cre­ated here, it’s based on the per­son. It’s not some­thing we copy on the in­ter­net.’

Fed­erico has been a mu­si­cian for the past 20 years. In Italy, he played keys in a reg­gae band and has more re­cently picked up his gui­tar again.

‘I am also into a new pro­ject with Valentina, which is ska-reg­gae-punk,’ he said.

‘I was an an­thro­pol­o­gist be­fore in Italy,’ said Valentina. ‘I was study­ing cul­tures. I was spe­cial­is­ing in eastern cul­tures with San­skrit and all these kind of things. When I started with tat­toos I al­ready had this thought of “what is the real feel­ing of the tribe?” When we met we tried to make a fu­sion of all of this in­clud­ing art and feel­ings, it’s a way to ex­press the self.’

Valentina has been in Ire­land for two and a half years. She trav­elled the world be­fore find­ing her place here. Then Fed­erico left Italy to join her in Ire­land.

‘We ar­rived in Bray be­cause we had in Dun Laoghaire some busi­ness ad­vice,’ said Valentina. ‘We went to ask about the right busi­ness in the right place. Ev­ery one of them in­di­cated Bray.’

As creative peo­ple, they faced a pa­per­work chal­lenge when it came to be­ing fas­tid­i­ous with their ac­counts, books, and in fill­ing out forms – but they were deter­mined to do it all prop­erly. They had to ask a lot of peo­ple for in­for­ma­tion about what their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties were in terms of set­ting up a busi­ness prop­erly.

‘In or­der to make some­thing work you need to do ev­ery­thing prop­erly and fol­low the rules,’ said Valentina. ‘It’s the only way to be re­laxed and have no prob­lems.’

Look up Red Spades Stu­dio on all so­cial me­dia to find out more.

Penny Lane and Re­ver­bero at Red Spade Stu­dio on the Al­bert Walk

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