The growing fascination of youth with permanent inklings has opened up the possibilities for tattoo artists in the country over the years, says Patange, who has been in the business for 12 years now, adding there is scope for many  more."There definitely is a good scope in India for aspiring tattoo artists, but the only problem is that the number of skilled artists is really low and the number of unskilled artists who are coming into the industry is very high," said Patange.


Trained under tattoo artist J.A. Kahiyar as a teenager, Patange went on to establish his tattoo studio in Mumbai, Kraayonz, certified by the Indian Medical Association for meeting all the health and hygiene standards. He also trains younger artists. Find out where you're going to get the tattoo from. Cheap tattoos are bound to be a disaster. So, spend a little more and get the best work done from a good artist," he said.



Speaking about the most opted-for tattoo designs, Patange said: "For women, the most common tattoos are butterflies, fairies, flowers and tinkerbells. Men usually opt for tattoos of Lord Shiva and a lot of other religious symbols."Young or old - there's no upper limit to getting a tattoo done."A lot of artists wouldn't want to tattoo a person who is under 18 because the maturity level only comes in after you've passed a certain age. I wouldn't tattoo anybody under 18, but there is no upper limit to getting a tattoo done," said the artist.

"There are people who want to get a tattoo because it has a deep meaning or significance for them and then there are people who want to get a tattoo because their neighbour has got it done."As a tattoo artist, I'm obviously more inclined towards the serious tattoo getters because they understand what tattooing is all about," Patange said.


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