Tattoo culture is a captivating fusion of self-expression and artistic devotion, forming a vibrant tapestry that extends far beyond ink on skin. It's a canvas where individuals articulate their unique stories, beliefs, and experiences while fostering a close-knit community of enthusiasts who appreciate the craft. Yet, the journey doesn't end with the tattoo gun; caring for and maintaining these exquisite works of art are integral aspects of the culture. If you're intrigued by this dynamic subculture and wish to delve deeper into it, an upcoming workshop is the perfect portal to take you to the other side.
An intensive two-day Tattoo Workshop, which is being conducted by Bengalaru artist Raja Gopalan, is tailored for individuals with a fervent passion for tattooing. Raja Gopalan's foray into the world of tattoo artistry was initiated by sheer fascination, eventually evolving into a flourishing career. Guided by mentorship from Senthil of Skindeep Tattoos and inspired by artists like John MA and Eek Glass Pani, he has ascended to new heights. Raja is the driving force behind MettleInk, a Bengaluru-based stuidio that is aiming to push the boundaries of tattoo artistry.
The first day focuses on tattoo design fundamentals, guided by Raja Gopalan. Participants will explore body anatomy intricacies, learn muscle flow mapping, and master the art of utilizing diverse body surfaces for balanced, harmonious tattoos. In the drawing segment, Raja will impart insights for all, aiding in interpreting design briefs and conceptualizing ideas swiftly. The workshop also emphasizes a hierarchy of drawing elements. Moving to the digital realm, participants will discover rendering techniques with Procreate, efficient use of the 3D arm feature, and AI software for design references and enhancing creative potential.
The second day of the workshop centers on the art of tattooing itself. Participants will be instructed on the essential principles of stencil placement, ensuring precision in the tattooing process. The workshop will delve into freehand tattooing techniques and the strategic selection of tattoo machines, along with the effective use of line weight. To guarantee client satisfaction, Raja will share best practices for post-tattoo care, along with professional tips and tricks that can yield optimal results. The workshop will also illuminate the art of retouching and the importance of follow-up for achieving impeccably healed tattoos that leave a lasting impression.
The workshop offers a remarkable opportunity to not only hone your tattooing skills but also to become a part of the community. It's a space where you can delve into the tricks of the trade, mastering the art of design and tattooing, and ensuring the long-lasting beauty of your creations. Whether you're an aspiring tattoo artist or a seasoned pro looking to refine your craft, this workshop is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the world of tattoos and connect with fellow enthusiasts who share your love for the ink.
The workshop is taking place on October 25 & 26 from 9 AM to 5 PM on the 1st floor of Satguru Prasad in Ramchandra Lane, Malad West, Mumbai.