Since Stephen James, aka @whoiselijah, swapped professional football for a career as a model
his rise has been meteoric. With mesmerising tattoos that cover almost all of his sculptured body, he has become
the iconic face of leading fashion brands like Philipp Plein and has millions of followers on social media.
He moves in the star-studded world of designers and supermodels like Irina Shayk,
who is a close friend. Even Madonna has drawn him into her orbit, inviting him to feature in her shows.
It is his truly unique tattoos that have turned him from a model to an iconic inkfluencer – Gods, Queens, artists, symbols
and geometric figures gathered as he travelled around the world now swirl around his impressive physique.
New converts and confirmed ink addicts alike are captivated by his hypnotic body art.
For his newest project Stephen James has chosen Barcelona to launch his own tattoo studio and barber shop – Elijah – in a cavernous
and ultra contemporary space in the heart the city that he has come to call home.
He’s put his personal stamp on the interior design – with some of his emblematic tattoos reproduced in a mosaic.
The space features carefully selected designer furniture such as Japanese Belmont chairs
along with six tattoo cabins resulting in a beautifully curated space in which no detail has been overlooked.
Elijah debuts with an impressive line-up of resident artists; @pratstattoo, @mashatattoo and @tatitattoos,
and aims to expand his stable to create a world-renowned studio.
The salon also stocks the exclusive male grooming line House 99 by David Beckham
– the former footballer and international style icon – which is not available anywhere else in Spain.
Invoking the spirit of the classic barber shops, the resident stylists at Elijah offer world-class techniques,
exclusive products and a highly personalised experience to their clients.