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.

She now owns and tattoos in her own shop on Haida Gwaii, and travels to Austin several times a year to work at Southside Tattoo.

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 has tattooed lots of things and stuff. So she’s good to go. Come get tattooed.