Tattoos are a beautiful form of art and those who love getting inked know the importance of having the right tattoo artist. This week, we caught up with 28-year-old Jon Das (Joon) who is a self taught tattoo artist. Practicing the art for the last 12 years, Jon, is the founder and the owner of G-Ink Tattoo Studio, Guwahati. He has been taking Instagram and Facebook by storm with his creative and eye-catching tattoos.
When did you start your career as a tattoo artist? Where did you learn?
I was started tattooing as a hobby back in 2005. As a career, I took it up in 2009. I am a self taught tattoo artist and I am on a constant path of learning.
What kind of equipment do you use?
Mostly rotary pen tattoo machines, tattoo traditional coil machine, disposable cartridges needles, disposable traditional needles, tattoo black and gray ink set, color ink, power supplies and safety accessories, disposal tubes, covers, and gloves.
At first, I was influenced by WWF Wrestlers, TLC series Miami Ink and rapper like Eminem, 2Pac etc.
How many tattoos do you have?
I only have 10 tattoos.
What kind of tattoos do customers prefer? Do they prefer color or black and white?
Most of my customers get custom designs, it could be black and gray or colours.
When getting your first tattoo, what should people keep in mind? How to avoid getting infections?
I got my first tattoo when I was in class 9 on the roadside by a local tattoo maker. Back then, tattoo held a stigma, like people would think that whoever is inked is bad or a criminal, but now it has turned into a fashion.
First-time customers must check that the tattoo artist is experienced, and the artist uses proper sterile/disposal equipments to avoid getting any infection. Customer also need to take care of their fresh tattoo properly; fresh tattoos should be wrapped with tattoo protective film-wrap for a week, and one should avoid ointment and water, as well as direct sunlight. The tattooed area (when new) should not be touched with bare hands for some time.
What is the favorite tattoo that you have made for a customer?
There are many tattoos I have made that I loved, but yes, a full-back piece showcasing the sacrifice of Jesus is a special one.
Who is your favorite artist of all time?
There are many greatest artists around the globe who have their own special style, so it’s hard to choose but I do like the work of artists like Alex Pancho, Steve Butcher, and Victor Portugal.
By Deepanjali Phukan