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Chris Theunissen

Chris Theunissen

Tattoo Artist: Chris Theunissen

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What inspired you to become a full time tattoo artist?

From a very young age I’ve always enjoyed art. As a child I collected Pokémon cards and watched Dragon Ball Z like most people from my generation, but for me it was more about the illustrations than anything else. I truly just found it fascinating. I got my first tattoo at the age of 15 and I just found the whole experience to be so magical, from the sounds of the machine to the visuals and smell of the shop! Since that day I’ve pretty much been hooked on the scared art-form that is tattooing.

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

I try and work with different mediums and styles. Reading up on the old masters, their perceptions and process of creating also helps me out a lot. Spending time with other artists to just pick their brain about the techniques they use. A mentor told me to always have a sketchbook handy for when those ideas strike you.

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

Blackwork pieces with good contrast between solid blacks and negative spaces, playing around with line weights. I also love doing Neo-traditional and Traditional pieces. Truly anything that’s going to age well and stand the test of time.

Social Handles:

Tattoo Artist Instagram – @thatpussiepeachguy

Tattoo Shop Instagram – @the_tattoo_studio_012

Tattoo Shop Facebook – NA

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What about the trade first caught you attention and ignited your passion?

It is all for the love of art. Tattooing saved me in a way. I would’ve probably had a boring office job and I would’ve lost a big part of myself in the process. Tattooing allows me to do art full-time, and I thank every single client for helping me live my dream.

Where would you like to see your career take you?

I just want to progress and enjoy my art as much as possible, and hopefully be able to tattoo and art until I’m old. I would also really like to do more guest spots in different cities and countries, meet new people and experience new places.

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

I really love Neo-traditional/ Traditional. Traditional in itself is such a strong style that has stood the test of time and proven it can last and age well. Neo-traditional has that strength, yet one can still apply delicate lines and a more realistic shade, and still have a tattoo that’ll look good over time. With a wider colour palette and subject matter selection, you can create pretty cool Neo-traditional designs, and after those lines are done, it is a colouring book.

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Tattoo Artist Instagram – @skipper_87_tattooing

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Tattoo Shop: The Tattoo Gallery

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

I have always had a deep passion for drawing and painting. One day while I was doing a mural I got offered an apprenticeship and I haven’t looked back since.

What style of tattoo do you enjoy creating the most?

I don’t get stuck on one particular style, although I do enjoy themed colour, black and grey realism, and style mash-up. As well as custom script pieces and a bit of freehand to tie it all together.

Where would you like to see your career take you? 

To places I’ve never imagined hopefully, possible sponsorship, maybe even to travel more and tattoo abroad. More conventions, hoping to collect a few trophies/ prizes. Tattoo some famous people I admire perhaps.

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Tattoo Artist Instagram – @rypism

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Tattoo Shop: The Tattoo Gallery

How did you get into tattooing and ultimately become a full time artist?

My love for tattooing in general started at 15. In school we had a career choice project that we had to complete within the space of nine months and I was over the moon that I had the choice to choose any career out there, so why not go hard and choose tattooing.

What goals do you have for yourself and your career?

My goal for myself personally is to give people the art that they want and make sure that they leave happy with a great experience that they can go and share with everyone they know. A lot of people think that tattoos have to be meaningful in terms of what they represent but in my situation I think that the whole experience from start to finish is the most meaningful aspect of the tattoo. My goal is to progress as an individual artist of many trades.

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

Traditional/ neo-traditional – that’s my go-to style and I enjoy it because it’s bold. You can make them as personalised as possible or you can have them straight off a poster, just like a sticker. 

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Tattoo Artist: Dudley Scott Landsberg

Tattoo Shop: Sin on Skin Durban

What would you say is the best thing about your job?

Being able to be creative and giving people a piece of my art that will be with them for the rest of their lives. I love the primal aspect of it too. Tattooing has been around since humans were cavemen, and in different tribes and cultures.

What style of tattoo do you enjoy creating the most?

My favourite style is Realism and Black and Grey, but I do enjoy mixing it up also.

What do you think the next tattoo fad will be?

Hmm.. tough one. Tattoos have become so custom and individual these days it’s hard to say. I think maybe the simple line-work type of tattoos seem to be getting really popular.

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

I started off my apprenticeship at 19 years old at Sin on Skin under the mentorship of Jake, from there it was just a lot of watching and learning from the artists around me, as well as practising on myself and willing victim’s until Jake felt I was at a level good enough to start doing simple pieces on customers. From there I just made sure to constantly be pushing myself to learn more and do better.

How do you see the tattoo industry evolving in the next 10 years?

The possibilities are endless. If you look back 10 years at the best of the best next to what people are doing now, it’s not even a comparison, and now that tattooing is becoming more and more mainstream it’s only going to get better from here.

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

My favourites are definitely Fine-line and Realistic pieces. I just love the challenge of it, trying to get it as perfect as possible.

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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.

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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.

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Tattoo Artist: Peter Savage

Tattoo Shop: Heart & Hand Tattoo

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.

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Tattoo Artist: Katleho Mokoena

Tattoo Shop: Heart & Hand Tattoo

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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