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Humdinger Tattoo Emporium


We have some pretty amazing tattoo artists and reputable tattoo shops all across South Africa. Unfortunately, with the good comes the bad and let’s be honest, the ugly. We don’t have any sort of tattoo council or authority in place to grant shops certificates of practice, so the average Joe (or Jane) does not necessarily

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Surrealism is the combination of realistic subject matter with an unrealistic approach to the interaction in the artwork. Whether it would be an irrational composition that urges the mind towards a more creative mindset or an unorthodox positioning of said subject matter to create contrasting and controversial ideas. Salvador Dali, for example, was part of

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re·al·ism ˈrē(ə)ˌlizəm/ noun noun: realism; noun: Platonic realism 1 1. the attitude or practice of accepting a situation as it is and being prepared to deal with it accordingly. Realism and super-realism, to me, are the back bones of most art forms, for instance, you cannot draw a head design without seeing the real thing

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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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Anyone familiar or interested in tattooing has come across or heard of traditional tattoos, which has been around for nearly a century. We have seen different subject matter being used in this style like boats, mermaids, swallows, etc. These traditional tattoos typically consist of bold outlines and minimal tinting with basic colours such as red, brown,

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What is old school? Well, let me tell you, to me anything that’s stood the test of time. Jeans, ‘plakkies,’ a ‘lil black dress, a cold beer or a ‘pakslae’ for kids who don’t have ears. Yes old school tattoos, boys and girls, are one of the pillars. Tattooing as you know it, still to

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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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So you wanna be a tattoo apprentice? Notes notes notes… There are a couple of things one should know before starting a tattoo apprenticeship, so I’ll go through a few of them with you! You need to be able to draw First of all, you should be able to draw and not that run-of-the-mill zentagles

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So, you’ve decided you want a tattoo and you want it today or tomorrow. Is it going to happen right away? Most likely not… Depending on the size and design you might just get lucky but in general we do not accept walk-ins. A consultation and a deposit is required before you can get an

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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.