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Helena Asha Knox

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TBH, you don't need to be convinced to come to Nepal. TBRealH, no one needs too many reasons to come to Nepal. But, every October, the impetus to be in Nepal increases because N-E-P-A-L I-N-K-E-D! We previously extolled not...
The last year we have seen amazing tattoo collaborations all over India and Nepal. The experience is exceptional: Not only for the artists and the client, but also as a spectator, who is watching a specific kind of magic...
"After studying documentary photography at the Academy of Arts in the Netherlands, I was really lost in this big world where anything could happen." With an academical degree from a reputed university in her pocket, Mirthe van der Berk was...
These gloves are made for mocking. "You can have the freedom of choosing to be traditional for example your clothes, but at the same time, you can claim the freedom of choosing something, that a woman is not supposed to...
"Religious views in general, (in) Islam or Christianity ... (among the) Jews. Everybody is against tattoos. Why? Because you have to respect your body and you do not have to modify it to be respectable to the community." ...
“I want to correct the prejudice against tattoos in Japan. If the issue is left unattended, tattooing in Japan will go underground — which will make its already bad image even worse. I want tattooing to become a profession...
"For the last 100 years, tattooing hasn’t adapted. It just kind of stopped. Right now, tattooing is kind of a form of healing, after all the traumas that we’ve been through as Inuit people – with the disease, assimilation,...
"We live in a society that causes severe episodes of amnesia. Our consciousness of injustice, compassion, empathy is not as present as it should. That is why I was looking for a way to keep my consciousness flow, not...
At the low end of the food chain: "I usually have to convince people, that I do exist." To be a tattoo apprentice is a tough job. A dry spell before you are regarded as a full-fledged part of the scene....
"I had many friends, who got tattoos, long before. But I was never interested in this. I do not know somehow, tattoo was shit for me. Just one piece, I saw on a professional skater and poet, named Scott...
One day you wake up and you know that the next days are going to be an Armageddon for your energy resources. You have been waiting and working months for this morning and the first day of the tattoo...
“Different stories, different skin. Your stories, your skin.” Rojan does not like to call himself a tattoo artist, but prefers the term tattooer. He believes it is a long way to become an artist and carry this out in the...
Being a tattoo artist in Nepal, so does Rajan explain, is surely not the easiest job around. Financial instability of the country comes with a negative perception of tattoos. This seems strange, as Nepal has a long tradition of...
"Do something that will put a smile in your face, something that will satisfy your soul. Until unless you are not doing anyone wrong, believe on yourself and give your best shot." Binay Gurung has been around in the Nepali...
"I think that all ideas, even figurative images, can be represented by simple abstraction. The importance lies within the energy of shapes, the energy of lines and dots." In the tattoo world, it is commonly proclaimed, that skin is a...
"Full colors, fun, geek and crazy." Okay, pants down first: I screamed, when I saw the works of Laurent from Art Act' Need. Being geeky and discovering a portfolio full of images from video games and comics is like... BOOM!...
Alix Sacramento, who lives and works in the french town Perpignon, has never been to Nepal yet. Still she knows, what to expect from the country: A culture and tradition, that differs a lot from European ways and opens...
Serjiu Arnautu has been on the road as an artist for about 5 years, until now. He has been travelling for ten years all over, but Nepal is still very special for him. As he comes back every year...
"Life gives us many tests. Every test in our life makes us bitter or better, every problem comes to make us or break us. The choice is ours whether we become victim or victor. These tests teach us lessons...
Please, please, please. No long debate on the question, if there is sexism in the tattoo scene or not. There is, sure there is. We all know it, more or less. We are finally not separated from a global...