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The process of applying colour to a tattoo is a relatively easy process if one remembers, simply apply a few key rules and give it enough practice. Firstly you have to choose what needs to get done, a solid one shade piece of colour (colour packing), or colour with a bit of a gradient (layering).

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So obviously I love Leonardo and Michelangelo (not the ninja turtles, I like them too but that’s out of context for this blog). All of the classic artists really inspired me with their perfected techniques and compositions, they really were geniuses. Not to mention the freaky Mr. Salvador Dali, who combined these traditional techniques with

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Trying to choose a favourite artist is a pretty tough one. In today’s day and age there are so many amazing artists with unique styles putting out amazing work daily. With the diversity in tattooing and arts in general I can’t say I have a favourite artist but more a whole bunch of people I

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When talking about my favourite artist it comes without saying that i have admired Leonardo Da Vinci since I can remember, I have reproduced his pieces countless times overtime trying to get it just right and just the way he would do it. I even taught myself to write backwards and sometimes even upside down.

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To be honest, there is no such thing as a favourite to me. I like too many styles to pin myself to any one artist. I like techniques, composition, the message the art piece wants to convey, the palette…  There are greats that shook the art world, rebels that stuck a middle finger up to

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A time-lapse video of Charl Steyn, artist at Humdinger Tattoo Emporium, drawing an all seeing eye and hand. Using fine liner pens and aquarelle pencils.


A time-lapse video of Charl Steyn, artist at Humdinger Tattoo Emporium, drawing a beautiful cosmic scene. Using watercolour paints and fine liner pens.


How did you get into tattooing? Through my brother Nathan, he gave me a part time apprenticeship while I was still in high school, I was very blessed to get that type of opportunity at such a young age. How much of an influence has your brother (Nathan) been on your style? I think realism,

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How did you get into tattooing? Art has always been a big part of my life, I have always loved drawing and painting. I only got my first tattoo at the age of 21, while I was living abroad in the UK, and was hooked as of then. I worked in a tattoo shop for

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How did you get into tattooing? My aunt used to do permanent makeup and she always told me that tattooing is a different art form I should try but I never really wanted to. After I got retrenched in Nelspruit I moved back to Pretoria. One day I walked passed the tattoo shop in Menlyn,

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