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MINI Asia and Trans Eurokars, the authorized MINI distributor in Singapore, commissioned renowned local tattoo artist, Kirby Lian, to design a special edition MINI to commemorate MINI 50th Anniversary.
The special edition dubbed “Unzip the Tiger” debuted at the MINI 50th Anniversary Celebrations at Clarke Quay and has also been on display at Singapore’s newest shopping mall ION Orchard.
Kirby seeks to tell a story of the history and future of the subject matter in every tattoo design. For this special edition, his inspiration comes from MINI’s rich heritage as well as its great power and handling for a small car.
Interwoven in this clever design is a Union Jack on the roof of the car. The year “1959-2009” is integrated as part of the tiger stripes at the side panels of the car, which is the 50 years of the MINI. The number “50” is also integrated as part of tiger stripes design on the bonnet of the car and on the zipper details in the design.
The “Unzip the Tiger” design comes in a removable sticker, which can be tailored for the entire MINI range. The limited edition MINI Cooper S will be on display at MINI Habitat after the unveiling.
About Kirby Lian
Kirby Lian is a professional tattoo artist-entrepreneur with eight years of industry experience. The owner of Utopia Studio is one of Singapore’s best-known tattoo artists. In January next year, Kirby and his team will be hosting Singapore’s second annual tattoo show, showcasing live tattooing by over 200 elite tattoo artists from across 30 countries.
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