Tattoo Artist, an unconventional career choice for a boy coming from a Maharashtrian middle class family. Little did I know that my parents would do whatever it takes to help me fulfill my dreams.
A self-learned tattoo artist’s life is like a ‘work-in-progress canvas.’ With every new piece of art, there are new learnings and experiences. One might ask me if there are any tattoos I regret doing. But guess what, right from my first tattoo back in 2008, till the one that I probably did yesterday, each tattoo has only acted as a stepping stone to doing better.
I believe I was meant to be in this business, how else would I have met the legend, Bob Tyrell and why did he have to say this to me, “You know kid you have potential, I can see that in your work & doesn’t matter if you do a small tattoo or a big one try to make that piece the best in the world”. Getting that as an advice early in my career helped me lay a strong foundation, so strong that his words play in my ears everytime I start a new piece.
I personally love creating art that is oriental inspired with a mix of realism. I believe tattoos that flow along the body’s natural curves are the best as every body is unique and so should the tattoo be. Nothing gives me an adrenaline rush more than doing portraits, colour and large tattoos that stand the test of time.
Some of them said, “Girls cannot be tattoo artists”, I said, “I’ll show you how it’s done.”
As a school kid, I didn’t know what I wanted to become, but I knew it had to be something related to art. Drawing was my favourite thing, even if it meant geometry diagrams. From sketching and doodling on all my books to body painting & temporary tattoos, I realised my calling was somewhere around.
I was lucky to have Ketan as my elder brother, as his passion for art and his decision to take up tattoo making professionally, gave wings to my calling and paved a way for me. We both are self-learned artists as it was very difficult to find a guru ten years ago. We were although blessed with cousins who became our guinea pigs and let us practice on them!
While sketching on paper was easy, skin as a canvas was a completely different ball game. I invested a lot of time studying skin tones, colour palettes, pigments, etc. as every skin is a new challenge and as a tattoo artist there is a lot of responsibility you’re carrying.
After years of tattooing, I sure find my solace in my work. Everytime I do a tattoo, I feel like a piece of me is etched onto that person forever & that connect is very special; it gives me the best high. My favourite kind of tattoo has to have colour!