"I truly stand for happiness. Genuine love, friendship, family and fun times."
―L'ain Freefall[src]

L'ain Freefall is a British Chinese tattoo artist, actress, and model based in London, England. She is best known for her tattoo work and modeling for Doc Martens shoes. In 2018, Freefall portrayed Naley Frifa in the 2018 film Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Biography[edit | edit source]

"Tattooing is my life. It saved me from some troubled times and I'm thankful everyday that I get to create art for a living."
―L'ain, about her career[src]

L'ain Freefall was born on January 13,[1] 1984[2] to a British Chinese family.[3] She has a sister,[7] brother,[8] and a son named Hiro.[4] Freefall was bullied throughout her education, due to the color of her skin.[3] She fell in love with tattoos at the age of eight,[4] and got her first when she was fifteen.[9]

Freefall took up the profession of a tattoo artist as a career. While working as a make-up artist, she completed an unpaid tattooing apprenticeship. In 2009, she pursued her tattoo work full-time.[4] While she resides in London, England,[10] she also travels to tattoo studios internationally as part of her work.[4] Her home tattoo studio, Kilburn Original Tattoo, is based in London.[11] In 2017, she did a modeling job for Doc Martens shoes.[6]

In 2018, Freefall portrayed Naley Frifa in Solo: A Star Wars Story, a Star Wars Anthology film. She was pleased with the role, and took time to seek out where glimpses of her could be seen in scenes.[5] Her character's name was revealed in the reference book Solo: A Star Wars Story The Official Guide written by Pablo Hidalgo, which was released the same day. She poses as Frifa within it, and her chest and torso tattoos are noted to represent a stylized hyperspace simu-tunnel.[12]

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Star Wars[edit | edit source]

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Year Title Role
2018 Solo: A Star Wars Story Naley Frifa[5]

Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 InstagramIcon.png L'ain Freefall on InstagramL'ain Freefall's birthday (January 13, 2015). "Woke up with my amasian babes @madilouiselane to home baked cupcakes!!! poached eggs on rye bread!!! And Katy Perry serenading me with a birthday song!!! Whoop! Thank you everyone for your morning birthday messages! Bring on 2015!!" (screenshot)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Error on call to template:cite web: Parameters archiveurl and archivedate must be both specified or both omittedKane, Hannah (2016-02-19). Meet The London-Bred Tattoo Artist Taking The World By Storm. PHOENIX Magazine. Retrieved on July 12, 2018. In this interview by PHOENIX Magazine, it was revealed that she was 32 years old as of February 19, 2016. It can be concluded that she was born in 1984, which was 32 years before.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 InstagramIcon.png L'ain Freefall on InstagramL'ain Freefall about bullying (June 18, 2018). "I was bullied hard in school, even in college I was told "you're not black and you're not white- so I don’t know what you are!" I was shocked at their ignorance. Still am. My generation has now integrated and married into many different races, my parents are happy for me as long as I'm happy whatever partner I choose race and/or gender and I love them for that. I've always been very proud of being (British)Chinese. It's natural in our culture to remain stoic, not show too much emotion that may cause a negative reaction. When we are hurt or angry, we are raised to let our work do the talking. This is why I'm so happy to be part of something so big. I am different, in most cases, I would be shunned even in my own culture for looking the way I do and choosing my line of work as a tattooer. I am a woman, a person of colour and a creative. #communicatingthroughanxiety #starwarstattooartist #geometrictattoo #femaletattooartist #yourbearingshapesyourfate #womenempowerment #womenofcolor #unite #pride #solo #starwars" (screenshot)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Kane, Hannah (2016-02-19). Meet The London-Bred Tattoo Artist Taking The World By Storm. PHOENIX Magazine. Archived from the original on July 3, 2016. Retrieved on July 12, 2018.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 InstagramIcon.png L'ain Freefall on InstagramL'ain Freefall- Naley Frifa (May 26, 2018). "Lain Freefall- Naley Frifa. Close enough 😁 it's official and to my knowledge the first tattooist in Star Wars. Thank you universe. I'm actually still in shock." (screenshot)
  6. 6.0 6.1 InstagramIcon.png L'ain Freefall on InstagramL'ain Freefall Doc Martens Modelling (July 10, 2018). "Has it seriously been a year already? Being an avid Doc Martens boot wearer- I was so stoked and proud to model for them. #worndifferent #drmartens #docmartens #dmboots #thisisengland #britishasian #comeonengland" (screenshot)
  7. InstagramIcon.png L'ain Freefall on InstagramL'ain Freefall's sister (July 22, 2014). "My sisters wedding day @bexy1314 @joeyfr88 @freekenvy it's a rarity we are together but I love it when we are and it amazes how much we've all grown. I love you all to bits! Be good! Xx" (screenshot)
  8. InstagramIcon.png L'ain Freefall on InstagramL'ain Freefall's brother (February 10, 2018). "To the biggest nerd my beloved bro Boo @alstonstephanus - Happy Birthday! I love you so much! I miss you and hope we can be reunited soon! "Paris is always a good idea" ❤️ #siblings #family #bestfriend #disneyland #universal #harrypotter #newyork #orlando #neworleans #london" (screenshot)
  9. Error on call to template:cite web: Parameters archiveurl and archivedate must be both specified or both omittedSnape, Alice (2015-03-06). Is it mine? Who owns my tattoo?. th-ink. Retrieved on July 20, 2018.
  10. InstagramIcon.png L'ain Freefall on InstagramL'ain Freefall's London home (November 10, 2017). "Yeeeeaaaahhhh @neil_wayne ! Fun times in my gaff (home) in London! We'll definitely hit the town on the next trip! Jut glad you all got to rest! Bring in Halloween!" (screenshot)
  11. Error on call to template:cite web: Parameters archiveurl and archivedate must be both specified or both omittedKilburn Original Tattoo - L'ain Freefall. Kilburn Original Tattoo. Retrieved on July 20, 2018.
  12. Solo: A Star Wars Story The Official Guide

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