Tattoos are a statement of self-expression on the most intimate of canvas – the human skin. And lately, tattoos seem to be the new thing that is trending with everyone and everywhere. With TV shows, conventions and increasing social media pages for tattoos, tattoo culture is slowly moving from being a subculture into being a mainstream part of society.
Tattooing has been an integral part of a lot of cultures in the north-east region of India. But along the way it lost its cultural and historical significance and was seen as a taboo. Though there are still some prejudices against getting a tattoo, things are changing. There is an increase in people getting and wanting to get tattooed and also a growing community of tattoo artists who are changing the tattoo scene with their incredible work of art.
So, if you want to get inked then here are some tattoo artists from the North-east who lets their inked art speak for themselves.
Everyone refers his name whenever you ask for a tattoo artist. Known for his dynamic visual style and detailed illustrations, Alex’s
tattoos are as perfect as they come.
This Sikkimese tattoo artist’s
work covers all forms of tattoo. He is super-talented and can do all kinds of things - old school, realistic, portraits, tribal, new school, painting – but his execution of religious iconography is awe-inspiring.
Whether its owls, Koi fish or skulls, Tshering
, also from Sikkim, tackles his subjects with an eye for extreme detail. His strong sense of composition makes his work very impressive.
, from Shillong, has a capacity for different tattoo styles, but his best work features strong lines and bold colours. With its own distinct quirks, his work stands out.
Known for his passion to revive the tribal tattoos of North-east India, Mo Naga
is bringing a new twist to tribal by combining traditional subjects with ethnic geometry.