Joshua Coetzee


Give us some insight into your journey of becoming a full time tattoo artist?
Before entering into this world of tattooing I was a Structural Engineer. It was during my time at my previous job that I rediscovered my love for drawing and the visual arts. I realised that I needed to find a way to be creative every day and somehow make a living out of it. Tattooing seemed like the best fit for what I was wanting out of a career in art.

Given the opportunity to tattoo any one person, who would it be and why?
It would have to be a legendary musician, maybe Travis Barker. Seeing his tattoos as a kid made me want to get tattooed. He seems like a cool dude and I’m sure he’s got some insane stories. I doubt he has any space left for more tattoos though.

What style of tattoo do you enjoy creating the most and why?
I love doing black and grey realism, it’s the style I feel most comfortable in at the moment. I love it because there’s always a new challenge, there’s always something you haven’t tried to emulate before and there’s a great joy in bringing pieces to life on someone’s skin. I also love just watching the piece slowly come together over the course of a session, layer by layer, section by section.

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