Welcome to Humdinger Tattoo Emporium

Where art meets skin to create magic

About Us

Whether you’re a veteran art collector or the new and nervous first timer, we at the Humdinger family purely want to focus on creating everlasting Humdinger art, that is of the highest quality, in a warm, welcoming and sterile environment.


Great people, great vibes, no pain and a beautiful result... thank guys...

Russell John Donaldson

One of the best studio's in Pretoria.. Awesome people & amazing tattoos!

Christiaan Theunissen

Nathan is talented and a great tattoo artist. So happy with him and the tattoo shop has an awesome vibe making you feel comfortable.

Ilandi Barkhuizen

Thanks George amazing line work. Very happy. Fitted me in on short notice and got exactly what I wanted. These guys are awesome.

Nataree Scheepers

This is THE coolest tattoo artists under one roof. Professional, clean, cool, and less pain than any other place you've been to! There is NO OTHER place to do tattoo's!!! You will never leave there unsatisfied with their work!

Martie van der Walt

The best of the best I personally wouldn't trust anyone with a needle and ink near me except the Lads of Humdinger, professional, clean and you will always leave the shop happy as ever!!!

Danel Badenhorst

The best the best the best! Need I say more.... Professional tattoo artist with a great insight of what you want and what your tattoo means to you! Passion for what they do…

Desiree Cogle


  • Nathan Phillips

    Nathan Phillips

    Nathan Burton Phillips has been drawn to the art industry since a very young age being influenced by his mother and aunt and their love for the old Masters like da Vinci and Michelangelo. Nathan started tattooing professionally in 2010 after completing his apprenticeship. Working alongside some of South Africa’s best artists, he developed his love for perfectionism in fine detail and fine arts. He loves black and grey realism, portraiture, fine detail and the odd splash of colour here and there. Portfolio
  • Josh Kitshoff

    Josh Kitshoff

    Being raised by a matriarchal artist, Josh Kitshoff has always known that art was his passion. Josh started his apprenticeship at the age of 16. After a 3 year part time apprenticeship, while finishing high school, Josh is now a junior artist. Although he has a tendency for realism he feels that he needs to perfect every other style as much as possible and learn as much as he can from any external influence. Portfolio


What do I bring to the consultation?

Please be prepared with references of your ideas/images. This can be in the form of printouts or images on you smartphone, tablet or laptop. Also, bring cash for the deposit!

How much is it going to cost?

When it comes to tattoos, you get what you pay for. Yes, there are plenty of people tattooing out there that will ink you for cheap and you’ll be crying to a real artist to have it covered up. Look for quality, and be willing to pay for it. NEVER haggle over the price of a tattoo. It is disrespectful to the artist. If you can’t pay for quality, don’t bother. This is not a bargain bin. It is a piece of art you will wear for life.

How old must I be to get a tattoo?

You must be 18 years of age and have a valid picture ID/Passport issued by a government. If you are under 18, be sure to get parental or your legal guardian’s permission by bringing them with to the consultation and tattoo appointment!

What should I get? And where?

This is all a matter of personal taste. You can get whatever you want, and whatever your artist is willing to do.Your only limit is your own imagination.

As far as where you should get it; just keep in mind what you do for work and the type of social circles you are in. You might want to consider placing your tattoo where it can be easily covered up with normal clothing.

We do not recommend tattoos on the feet or hands because the skin regenerates faster on those areas, causing potential issues with ink rejecting during the healing process as well as premature spreading in the lines. The heel of your hand, the palm and the sides of fingers/feet can be very difficult to get ink to stay, if at all.

Does it hurt?

Pain is really relative. Everyone has a different tolerance to pain.

We’re not going to kid you, though – it does hurt. Just not that much. Some have compared it to a “hot scratching feeling”. But people would not be returning again and again for tattoo after tattoo if it hurt that bad! Most of us are not into pain, but the beauty of the tattoo and the pride associated with wearing it far outweighs a little pin-stick here and there.

Can I use some kind of numbing cream?

These kinds of products are really not recommended.

Should I eat before I get tattooed?

YES. It is ideal to eat within two hours of being tattooed. Please eat plenty of protein, and be well hydrated. Having stable blood sugar bolsters your immune system and helps the body deal with the fluctuation of endorphins, which are emitted during the tattoo process.

Is it OK to get a tattoo if I’m sick?

Getting a tattoo when your immune system isn’t at 100% isn’t a good idea. You’re going to need your strength and your white blood cells to heal your tattoo, something your body won’t be able to do if it’s already battling against virus and bacteria. Not to mention the fact that it’s very inconsiderate to bring your illness into the tattoo studio and risk passing the germs onto others, particularly your artist. If you have an appointment, call and reschedule for when you’re feeling well again.

Tattoo After Care Instructions

The first rule is to use common sense.

Do not let other people touch your new tattoo!

Do not touch your new tattoo unless your hands are freshly and thoroughly washed.

Do not let unqualified people tell you what to do, if you have a question, refer to the care instructions that came with your tattoo, or contact your tattoo artist.

Do not compress the fresh tattoo with tight clothing or belts, etc.

The first piece of Dermalize Protective Tattoo Film can be left on the skin for 5 hours. When removing the film make sure to carefully wash the area with antibacterial soap (Protex Gentle) and water, and gently air dry the tattoo for approx 30 minutes. Once the skin is completely dry, you can apply the second piece of Dermalize. This further application can be kept on for 4 days.

If Dermalize is hard to pull off the skin, simply let some warm water run under the tattoo film, so that the glue becomes more tender and removal of the film is easier.

After the final removal of the Dermalize Protective Tattoo Film, keep washing your tattoo twice a day with Protex Gentle soap and apply Bepanthen ointment or a fragrance free moisturising lotion as many times throughout the day as you see fit for another 1 to 2 weeks until fully healed.

In the 2 weeks after you get your tattoo, you should avoid soaking your skin in water, scrubbing it with a towel, or using alcohol-based products on your skin.

NB remember to never pick at any scabs that form since this can pull the colour out.

Is it OK to lay out in the sun or go to the tanning booth when you have tattoos?

One of the quickest ways to damage your tattoo is by exposing it to the sun, especially when it’s still new. A sunburn can cause a scab to form over the tattoo, which may scar the skin and fade the ink. In the first few weeks, keep the tattoo out of the sun altogether. This may mean keeping your shirt on if the tattoo is on your back, arms, or chest, and wearing long pants if the tattoo is on your legs.

After the tattoo is fully healed, put sunscreen on it. Long-term exposure to the sun can make the dyes and pigments fade, even after you’ve had the tattoo for a few years. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 anytime the tattoo will be in sun or if you visit a tanning booth.

Will hair still grow through my tattoo?

Yes, the skin will still be the same as before. If you have dark or long body hair it might obscure the tattoo, if the tattoo is too small.

Where can I find pictures of (skull, teddy bear, lion, etc.) tattoos?

If you’re getting a tattoo, especially as an expression of your individuality, why would you want a tattoo just like someone else’s? Instead, find other pictures of what you’re looking for and have us draw up a custom design for you! Example: If you are wanting a tattoo of a penguin standing on a glacier, find real photos of penguins and glaciers. If you want a tattoo of a blue rose wrapped around a cross, find pictures of real roses and crosses that you like. If the pictures don’t show exactly what you want, just bring them to us to use them as guidelines and tell us what changes you want made to the original pictures. We welcome the challenge of a custom piece.

What is the best time of year to get a tattoo?

Although you can get a tattoo any time of the year, your skin gets a lot more abuse during the summer with swimming, tanning and just being exposed to the elements more. Your summer activities is something to keep in mind when thinking of getting a tattoo! Winter time is really the best season to get a tattoo.

Contact Us

To contact us simply fill out the form below and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Address: Castle Walk Centre, Nossob St & Lois Ave, Pretoria

Phone: 012 347 0865

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