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We are standing at a glorious present of Indian tattooing today because of long standing efforts of very few individuals, who have championed the course of time, and have pulled up Indian tattooing from scratch to being a global force.

Sameer Patange (left) and Lokesh Verma (right) pose with Anil Gupta during the convention. Image credit: Raj Kadam
Sameer Patange (left) and Lokesh Verma (right) pose with Anil Gupta during the convention. Image credit: Raj Kadam

One such name is Sameer Patange, the man who introduced the true idea of tattoo shop in India. The one man who showed how you can create a lineage and legacy with this traditional art form in India. One man who broke all societal barriers and stood up for the art, when there wasn’t a crowd behind him, cheering him on.

Image Credit: Raj Kadam
Image Credit: Raj Kadam

Now, the times have changed. Today, Sameer Patange is synonymous with Indian tattooing, and himself organises the biggest tattoo convention of the Indian subcontinent. “We are at this great junction in the course of Indian tattooing, where we have not just established our credibility in the global scene, but are also being looked upon as a force to reckon with”, adds the man.

Sameer (centre) with Lokesh Verma (left) and Paul Booth (right) during Heartwork Tattoo Festival 2015. Image credit: Paul Booth
Sameer (centre) with Lokesh Verma (left) and Paul Booth (right) during Heartwork Tattoo Festival 2015. Image credit: Paul Booth

Sameer has always supported raw, young tattooing talent, and that is also a reason why he will be visiting the Pune Tattoo Festival 2016. “This young guy, Jitesh Gaikwad has struggled a lot over the last 3-4 years to bring this convention to such stature. I had promised him earlier that I will stand with him in his efforts. And this year will be my first time at the convention.”

Image Courtesy: Raj Kadam

And not just him, the whole Kraayonz team will also be participating at the convention. Sameer’s style of work cannot be bracketed under one genre, but bends heavily towards the spectre of realism. He is one of only legit tattooing masters India has, and now caps the mentoring role for the industry.

Speaking about his own convention, which is slated to happen in the first week of December in Delhi, Heartwork Tattoo Festival, Sameer says, “Last year, with our 1st edition, we showed that Indian tattooing is of true global stature, and this year, we are only taking further steps forward.”

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