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Jake de Gaye

Tattoo Artist: Jake de Gaye

Tattoo Shop: Sin on Skin Durban

Explain your passion for the trade?

Tattooing has given me and taught me so much about creativity, perseverance and old fashioned hard work. There is no better feeling than seeing a customer’s vision come to life on their body, and seeing the smile that comes with that.

Give us some insight into your shop, Sin on Skin, and the vibe it brings?

I have always wanted to maintain a friendly, welcoming atmosphere at the shop, where absolutely anyone is welcome with their ideas or designs. It’s a fun, relaxed environment, usually with a lot of loud music and laughter.

What style of tattoo do you enjoy doing the most, and why?

I really love doing American Traditional because of the old school tattooing style that goes with it. I also enjoy doing freehand Polynesian work because of the creative freedom it offers me.

Social Handles:

Tattoo Artist Instagram – @jaketatt2

Tattoo Shop Instagram – @skinonskindbn

Tattoo Shop Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/SinOnSkinTattoosDurban

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What first sparked your interest and passion for the tattoo industry? 

One of my closest friends got into the industry and I got to see all the new things she was learning with her art and how tattooing is just another medium for an artist. She inspired me to get an apprenticeship, to grow my art and even to start tattooing.

What style of tattoo do you enjoy creating the most and why?

I have a very strong passion for realism as it’s something I’ve always specialised in with drawing and painting, and I strive to create the most realistic tattoos that there is. I find it a challenge to create something so life-like and I love the challenge.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Sometimes from other artists and sometimes inspiration just hits me like a train, out of nowhere. So sometimes I go out looking for inspiration from other people and other times it finds me, showing me the small things in life. It’s very erratic and unpredictable.

Social Handles:

Tattoo Artist Instagram – @tarryn.art

Tattoo Shop Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/TingsTattoos

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Give us some insight into your journey of becoming a full time tattoo artist?

I was lucky enough to find tattooing at a very young age. I have been hanging around in tattoo shops my whole life, and started my apprenticeship while I was still in high school, that allowed me start tattooing full time at the age of eighteen whilst furthering my knowledge studying fine art.

What did you feel were some of the hardest skills to learn and why?

I was always very focused on being a technically good tattooer, and I think the biggest hurdle I had to overcome was learning that you have to be an artist first. Even if you tattoo every day, the one thing that will make you better is spending even more time on your other art mediums.

What style of tattoo do you enjoy creating the most, and why?

Mandalas, sacred geometry, and dotwork is my life. Recently I have also been working on a series of traditional Japanese drawings morphed with my own brand of black work.

Social Handles:

Tattoo Artist Instagram – @slickback_tats

Tattoo Shop Instagram – @heartandhandtattoo

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Explain your passion for the tattoo industry, and what it means to you?

Tattooing started off as a skill I was just interested in, but now it’s everything to me. I mean the process is just majestic, from setup to tear down, from consultation to final product, I really don’t imagine myself spending time on anything else, my dog and girlfriend excluded.

Where would you like to see you career take you?

I would really like my art to propel me to different countries in the near future, but at the moment I’m happy with what the industry and all the wonderful people are giving me.

What style of tattoo do you enjoy creating the most, and why?

Blackwork and dot-work, because it all feels too free man. My approach to my design is more neo traditional and then when I tattoo, that’s when I go more illustrative. I really just like seeing saturated black and dots.

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What first attracted you to tattoos and the industry? 

Ever since I was a child I’ve always had a huge fascination with tattoos, I remember my grandfather coming home with a new tattoo of an old school black panther on his arm and I really thought that this was the most amazing thing I’d ever seen, and wanted a tattoo since then. I was also obsessed with the tattoo reality shows that were on TV and just knew that I wanted to become one of them, even though it’s really nothing like what you see on TV.

What advice would you give someone that’s thinking about getting their first tattoo?

Make sure you’ve done your research on the artist that you would like to get tattooed by, check to see that they’re good at doing the style your looking for. Don’t choose an artist because it’s the cheapest you can find and please listen to your artist when it comes to healing your tattoo, not your friends.

What style of tattoo do you enjoy creating the most, and why?

There’s a few styles I love at the moment. I’ve always been drawn to watercolour tattoos because it can add uniqueness to a tattoo in a fun, playful way by the use of colours. I also really enjoy anything floral, especially with the whip shading technique. I love how you can create different textures and tones.

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What first attracted you to the industry, and what drives your passion for it now? 

Initially what pulled me to the industry was seeing the versatility in tattooing. I had watched many artists create masterpieces, it blew my mind and lit a fire in me. Now I’d say what drives my passion is the constant desire to improve as an artist, as well as meeting people from all walks of life.

Give us some insight into your new shop, Autumn Tattoo Studio?

We wanted to create an environment that better suits who we are as people, as well as artists. Our studio is private, relaxing, and you are surrounded by imaginary from our different backgrounds. A long term goal would be to create a place where artists can come guest. This is important to me as so many other studio’s have taken me in and helped me grow.

What style of tattoo do you enjoy creating the most, and why?

One of my favourite things about tattooing is the fact that one medium can create so many different styles. I mostly do animal portraits as I have a fascination with trying to create texture and detail, however I also love the freedom of watercolour. More importantly I think it may be too soon in my career for me to specialise in any one thing, there is still way too much to learn.

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Tattoo Shop Instagram – @autumntattoostudio

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What about the tattoo industry drives your passion?

Tattooing is hard, like really hard. It’s one of the most difficult things I’ve learned to do in my life so far, and I’ve barely dipped my toe in yet – that’s what I love most about it. You have to work hard and be consistent if you want to grow and get better, so it’s brought a sense discipline to my life, and the way I approach my art.

What was your defining moment when you realised this is what you wanted to do for a living?

I’ve always loved tattoos and have been love-drunk over the idea of doing this since I was about 15. I think the defining and solidifying moment must have been when I did a body painting job for SA Fashion Week – I was hired to paint some fake tattoos onto the runway models and all I remember feeling was total dissatisfaction. I realised that there is no other medium quite like tattooing, it feels like the perfect language for my artistic expression. So I’ve pretty much just looked at tattooing through a lovey-heart filled, rose tinted Instagram filter ever since.

What style of tattoo do you enjoy creating the most and why?

I love anything and everything linework based. I do a fair amount of blackwork and I love using lines to create texture, shape and shadows. There is something about the style that reminds me of geographical relief maps, and I just think that’s a cool way of building an image for the audience.

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Tattoo Shop Instagram – @theblacklodge_za

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Tattoo Artist: Alyssa van der Merwe

Tattoo Shop: SheKnows Ink

Explain your defining moment when you knew that this was the profession for you?

Waking up excited to go to work was a pretty good indicator that I had made the right decision! I enjoy every aspect of what I do, and though it is tough at times and I work long hours and take my work home with me in the form of designs, there’s nothing else I would rather be doing.

How do you like to make sure you keep progressing as an artist?

I have always held myself to a very high standard since school and my extra mural pursuits, and that trend has continued into my career. It helps to look to more experienced artists than myself for inspiration and guidance, and if I can compare my work to theirs I can find little things that I can improve on for the next Tattoo.

What style of tattoo do you enjoy creating the most? 

I absolutely love doing Floral tattoos, in a fine-line semi illustrative style!

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Tattoo Artist: Michael Palmer

Tattoo Shop: Heart & Hand Tattoos

Tell us your story of how you became a full time tattoo artist?

I’ve always had a love for art as a kid, and from a young age I knew I wanted to be an artist, just never knew I would end up being a tattoo artist. Only when I was a lot older I learned about tattoos and instantly became fascinated by it.

When first starting out, which skill did you feel was the hardest to learn?

Line work. I struggled for such a long time trying to get my lining to be in check, mainly because I only had access to cheap tattoo supplies and equipment for the first couple years of tattooing, but hey I’m a better artist because of that.

What style of tattoo do you enjoy creating the most and why?

I love doing portrait work, it’s like a whole new experience every time. Having to capture a person’s character or personality from a photograph and make it into a tattoo is just the most satisfying thing for me.

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Daniel Feinberg

Daniel Feinberg

Tattoo Artist: Daniel Feinberg

Tattoo Shop: Heart & Hand Tattoos

If you weren’t a professional tattoo artists, what would you be doing with your life?

I would either be an Architectural Visualiser producing renderings and animations of commercial buildings, or I would have returned back to fine arts, spending days in a studio producing large scale paintings.

How would you best explain the vibe and setup of Heart & Hand Tattoos?

We have a mixed bag of styles readily available for everyone’s tastes! We like to think the studio feels like a boutique hotel lounge which just happens to have a professional tattoo studio set up in it. We have art on the walls by our artists and a few from artists we have met on our travels.

What style of tattoo do you enjoy creating the most and why?

Traditional Japanese tattoos, called Horimono or Wabori, most people refer to it as Irezumi but I think that word is loaded with extra meaning and history, which I cannot claim to be a part of. It is why I became a Tattooer. It is the culture and history behind it that I have been learning about since I was very young. I am humbled by the beauty and depth of meaning this particular tattoo form has and hope to be a credit to its tradition one day.

Social Handles:

Tattoo Artist – @danielfeinberg

Tattoo Shop Instagram – @heartandhandtattoo

Tattoo Shop Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Heart-Hand-Tattoo-345858889557445/

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