Manuela Gray


Manuela began life constantly drawing over walls and furniture, progressing eventually to bodies. She studied and worked in film, and have meandered through painting, sculpture, technical drawing, dressmaking and the adventure of life, ultimately arriving at ink on skin, which seemed to choose her. Tattooing is both the coming together of all her visual ideas, and the look-out point from which her art is thought. Wildfire Tattoo was established in 1994 and is owned by Simon and Manuela who with the help of a brilliant team, manage the company and produce most of the finest tattoo art in South Africa.