Under the Skin.

Tattoo model Makani Terror becomes a super hero in Panini and BMW Motorrad comic.

Makani Terror is the inspiration for a super hero in the first graphic novel from Panini in collaboration with BMW Motorrad. This was just as much a surprise to her as was her profession as a tattoo model. Together with her Mechanical Wolf, she lends the comic book with illustrations by Riccardo Burchielli and text by Darko Macan the same aura which surrounds Makani herself: fantasy, adventure, mystery – and a deeper meaning.

Super hero career aspiration

Whenever someone asked Kathrin Tölle when she was still a child what she wanted to do when she was older, they always received the same response with a good degree of vigour: a super hero. Certainly a career aspiration which many parents get to hear, but which very rarely becomes a reality. Whereas Kathrin Tölle, who's also known as Makani Terror, may now take her place alongside Catwoman, Wonder Woman and Co. in the illustrious circle of super heroes. Because the tattoo model provides the inspiration for one of the main characters in the graphic novel "Riders in the Storm". "This is an honour and I'm already looking forward to holding the copy in my hands", she says.
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Illustrator Riccardo Burchielli brings the hero character Makani to life.

In the comic book, which appears in a limited edition, Makani Terror is a heroic policewoman, who fights against evil on her BMW bike. Bringing her character to life will be illustrator Riccardo Burchielli, who has worked for the big names on the scene such as Marvel, DC, Panini or Dark Horse, and together with author Brian Wood has created the DMZ comic series. Burchielli presents the delicate woman with her bold expression and tender voice as a cross between "Tomb Raider and RoboCop", as Makani puts it in her own words. "Lara Croft is a cool role – there's worse things to be compared to"

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Makani Terror has a touch of wanderlust and punk rock at the same time

Makani Terror came up with her stage name back in 2003, when she registered at Myspace. Her alias: "Makani" is Hawaiian and means wind – a symbol for the wanderlust which she also has as a tattoo on her fingers.
"Terror" was her favourite punk band at the time. Makani eternalised her love for music with her first ever tattoo at the age of 15: Punk rock 4ever – a message on her right ankle. "I tattooed over this long ago", she says laughing.
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Tattoo model Makani Terror becomes a super hero in Panini and BMW Motorrad comic.

Tattoo model Makani Terror becomes a super hero in Panini and BMW Motorrad comic.

Around the same time, she got her 125cc license and was constantly out and about with her Daelim chopper. In a full leather suit with the first tattoos – she looked cool and didn't go unappreciated. "I was mightily proud when I waved at people on the street and the big bikers waved back. I would always think to myself: Yeah! I don't look so small at all!" Lately, Makani only has eyes for the new G 310 R. "I instantly fell in love with the G 310 R. It is a bit lighter and more manoeuvrable; I also love the design." The design, like the illustrations in the graphic novel, originates from Riccardo Burchielli, who designed the G 310 R in the style of a comic. "If there's an art bike with my comic character as well, I simply have to have it", says Makani.

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I instantly fell in love with the G 310 R. It is a bit lighter and more manoeuvrable; I also love the design.
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Makani Terror

With Tommy Lee on the cover

With Tommy Lee on the cover

The time of the first tattoos has long gone – in the meantime, there are literally countless tattoos. "You only count at the beginning", says Makani, "if you are tattooed all over, this all stops." In 2004, she had so many tattoos that she looked quite remarkable. She was approached at a tattoo fair and asked if she would allow them to photograph her for a German tattoo magazine.

She promptly made the cover, became a tattoo model overnight, and Makani Terror became a brand. In the meantime, she is now on the cover of over 50 magazines. Her personal highlight was posing for the camera together with Pamela Anderson's ex Tommy Lee to make the cover of the US tattoo magazine Rebel Ink.

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Philosopher. Piercer. Tattoo model.

Nowadays, neither tattoo model nor super hero are jobs which young people can choose and then simply do. "I never planed on becoming a model", says Makani. After finishing school, she initially began a training course to become a photographer. Summed up in her eyes: photography yes, photographer no. She abandoned the training course and instead took a peek in the social direction.
Torn between an endless stream of impossibilities, she finally went back and did her A-levels, and studied Philosophy and History in Göttingen. This step did nothing towards eradicating her constant wanderlust. After all, Göttingen is only 30 kilometres from her home village Duderstadt.
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And she even began to doubt the possibility altogether. "My studies were interesting, but I didn't find any answers in terms of what I would do later on. My head was full. I had no need for any more input." So I pulled the emergency brake for two years and went to Hamburg, where I felt right at home.
"Hamburg remains a city after my own heart." She trained as a piercer; a job which she enjoyed and kept on as her main profession until 2011. By then, she had so many jobs as a model that she hung up her piercing equipment and concentrated on being a tattoo model.
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Hidden behind a role.

Hidden behind a role.

Anybody who tattoos their body to this extent attracts everyone's gaze and attention – indeed, this is what they want. Tattoos suggest courage and self-confidence. And yet are sometimes a protective cover. "Even if acceptance for unusual people is much larger today, people still keep their distance at first when they see me. This gives me the feeling of being less vulnerable", says Makani. No sign of any restraint when the model is posing for a camera. She is ambitious, self-confident and goal-driven. "Makani Terror is a role. Here, I act out character traits which I might not have otherwise been able to show. At the moment, this is my job and therefore legitimate. Changing identities like an actor is exciting."

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Art collector.

Art collector.

Makani Terror sees her tattoos as art. She is the platform on which she collects the works of her favourite artist. She has acquired "paintings" from around 40 different tattoo artists. "There are more and more superb artists with fantastic techniques. I'm starting to run out of space – I should borrow a second body so I can eternalise everything I love." Makani has never tattooed anybody herself. "This has a lot to do with artistic understanding. You have to have a talent for it. And of course it's not just a painting that goes away again. It's permanent and therefore a big responsibility for the tattoo artist."

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Your own history on your body

Many of her tattoos are fashion she saw somewhere, found beautiful and wanted to hold onto. Yet between the "lines", Makani's body reveals stories from her life and symbols that are important to her. Next to her right eye is her only face tattoo; a lightning bolt – her own personal lightning conductor, as she calls it.
Around her neck is a Tibetan Buddha, which is supposed to bring luck and at the same time prevent her from uttering bad words. She also has two names tattooed on her. That of her stepsister and of her friend. Both of whom took their own lives. The crow which supplements the names serves as a soul carrier and protection.
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The wolf is my power animal; my totem. At school, I had to write a story. In my story, the wolf was not bad. It was my pet and friend.
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Makani Terror

Makani and the Mechanical Wolf.

Makani and the Mechanical Wolf.

If we continue the search, we find an old-school kitty on her right foot. Her Maine-Coon-Dame Fine. She is still on the lookout for a suitable spot for Gismo the tomcat. Makani loves animals. She supports the "RespekTiere leben" campaign and uses her fame to promote this cause. "Everyone who has the power should do this", she says. Her love for animals also becomes clear in the BMW Motorrad comic.

"I had one wish left for the comic and chose a wolf to accompany me", she explains. The wolf is her power animal; her totem. "At school, I had to write a fairy tale. In my story, the wolf was not bad. It was my pet and friend." In the comic book, her fairy tale sort of comes true; her Mechanical Wolf supports Makani with its extraordinary powers. The book is a wild mixture of fantasy, adventure and mystery. A mixture which Makani Terror embodies with skin and hair.

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