“If you ask me what I came into this life to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud.” – Émile Zola
In India, several tribes and communities have practiced tattooing to mark their identity since ancient times. In today’s Delhi, thousands of people have turned their bodies into canvases and the art of tattooing into a thriving industry.
From deities to infinity signs, each design holds special meaning. “When a client walks into the studio, I focus completely on the design and the process. I love what I do,” says Max, a tattoo artist.
The instruments used to make a tattoo include an electric tattoo machine, ink, skin disinfectants and petroleum jelly. The ink is usually derived from metal components. Sterilized instruments are used compulsorily to avoid infections and the seal of the needle is usually broken in the presence of the client. The work is detailed and takes hours at times depending on the design.
“My tattoo is an extension of me. It represents my journey in life and I am proud to have this beautiful work of art on my body,” says Prityush, a client.