Leila Willis Newton (Traveling Tattooer)
Leila Willis Newton was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She grew up in tattoo shops and started working summers at Southside from fifteen on. She began her apprenticeship at the age of 18, upon graduation from McCallum Fine Arts Academy, where she studied visual arts and dance.
Leila did her very first tattoo on her dad, Bart Willis when she was ten. Since then she’s been kicking ass and taking names (and appointments). Leila has a mix of styles thanks to learning under her nine mentors at the shop. She works at Southside Tattoo and travels to British Colombia to tattoo. At the end of December Leila will be moving to Haida Gwaii to open her own shop in Masset, see her there in the New year, or back in ATX the following summer.
She has tattooed lots of things and stuff. So she’s good to go. Come get tattooed.
Leila did a tattoo on me. It’s pretty cool.
I got two of Leila’s first fifty official tattoos—an anchor on my arm and artwork from my son’s album on my leg. I LOVE her work so much. She also created a custom designed knitted Russian nesting doll for me to honor my passion for needle arts. And when the guys saw it they were all, like, WHOA!!!
— Spike Gillespie
Leila lives on Haida Gwaii, BC and only tattoos at Southside several times a year.
**Leila will be in Austin at Southside Tattoo From March 22nd to April 12th 2017 **
If you’re looking for a price quote or to set up a consultation, please send me an email. It may take a few days for us to respond to email inquiries, as we stay busy here at the shop. We appreciate your patience.
Visit Leila’s Yelp page here.