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Tattoo Blog Johannesburg

Beautiful Water Color Flower Tattoo

Traditional Japanese Style Koi Tattoo
Artist:  Nina Rademeyer
Doing these tattoos, are really fun they look difficult.  But in fact they are difficult to do, look at the detailed line work and also the shading of the tattoo needs to be really smooth and Spot on..
The client has been coming to us for around 6 years and and started to get covered with ink.  This client is done of those client.. who just likes artwork and wants to get it, also he is a sucker for pain.

Helm Of Awe Tattoo Johannesburg South Africa

Helm Of Awe Tattoo Johannesburg South Africa
Artist:  Nina Rademeyer
Did this special Viking style tattoo’ Helm Of Awe”  over the weekend for a long time existing client.  The tattoo was done here in South Africa Johannesburg.
Client wanted the tattoo to help him, pass a difficult time in his life. And he felt that this Helm Of Awe tattoo would help him overcome this period in his life, where he needed strength.

 

Jay-Cee Rademeyer is the artist behind this clean bit of work, working at Zen Ink Professional Tattoo and Piercing Studio in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The Lion, which is the king of beasts, is a symbol of power and strength in various cultures around the world and lion art is one of the original tattoo designs which continue to remain a favorite among tattoo lovers despite passage of time. Like the animal, the tattoos based on the lion theme have been a source of fascination for the human race for a long time, which is why artists from all over the world have been coming up with awesome and original design ideas pertaining to the lion. These tattoos are eternally liked by men, who take it as a symbol of leadership and masculinity, but these look equally good when adorned on the body of a woman.
Just like the numerous flower tattoos, lion tattoos are also being associated to a number of cultures in the entire world. These tattoos have great significance to the ancient people in the Middle East, Japan, China, India, and Africa. As a matter of fact, lions are starred on some folklore tales and mythology from these places. A lion is known to be the “King of Kings” and “King of the Jungle”, which is why it is representing the royal blood individuals or those who belong in the elite society. To show their great power in the entire world, Egyptians in the past were making lions as their slaves. This animal was also became an integral part of those people who practiced Christianity. Ancient Christians believed that a lion represented Jesus Christ, and it was the protector of those weak animals just like God who protected the entire human race.
This specific client came from Sweden and wanted something that would represent strength and beauty as well as her love for African wildlife. She sat like an absolute champ and we look forward to doing some more work again sometime in the near future.
Jay-Cee Rademeyer completed this tattoo in a 2 hours using the following: A Professional Coil Tattoo Machine, Dynamic Tattoo Ink, Green Soap, Hustle Butter and Stencil Stuff.
If you would like to see more of Jay-Cee Rademeyers work, or would like additional information regarding Zen Ink Professional Tattoo and Piercing Studio please visit www.zenink.co.za or feel free to stop past our studio in Boksburg for a FREE consultation.

Jay Cee Lioness and flowers shin tattoo

This beautiful rose, lower back cover up tattoo, was done by Nina Rademeyer, the head artist at Zen Ink Professional Tattoo and Piercing studio in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The rose is arguably the most recognized flower in the world, and it is one of the most celebrated and enduring symbols in Western culture, similar to the lotus flower’s prominence as a symbol in Eastern cultures. It has long been a favorite subject of poets and artists and in the past few centuries, it has also become a popular tattoo symbol.

The rose originated in Persia where it was seen as a masculine symbol. Over the years, it has become associated with femininity, however, the flower is popular with both men and women. Although the rose tattoo carries a plethora of meanings today, it used to only represent love.

In fact, the rose tattoo gained popularity in the 1930s because sailors often got them inked on their bodies as reminders of their wives, girlfriends, and mothers. The general public later followed this trend, and it was common for men to get roses tattooed on their chests with their lover’s name incorporated into the design.

This customer had Chinese symbols on her lower back which she wanted covered up with something feminine and elegant. After a few ideas were discussed and various options were taken into consideration, it was decided that the rose would look great with some lace, filigree and some gems hanging off the lace which Nina Rademeyer free handed on the customer.

The client was extremely happy with the final result of her cover up and could not believe she will no longer have to look at her old tattoo anymore.

Nina Rademeyer completed this lower back cover up tattoo in a single session using the following: A Professional Rotary Tattoo Pen, Elite Cartridges, Dynamic Tattoo Ink, Fusion Tattoo Ink, Eternal Tattoo Ink, Green Soap and Hustle Butter and Free hand design.

If you would like to see more of Nina Rademeyers work, or if you would like any additional information regarding Zen Ink Professional Tattoo and Piercing Studio please visit www.zenink.co.za or fell free to stop past our studio in Boksburg for a FREE consultation to chat about your next… or first awesome tattoo. We would love to see you!

This geometric leg sleeve cover up is currently a new work in progress by artist Jay-Cee Rademeyer of Zen Ink Professional Tattoo and Piercing Studio in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Geometric tattoo designs have existed since ancient times, and many of these symbols live on today. Based on simple mathematical patterns, these designs show the shapes hidden in nature like the triangle in a fox’s face or the rectangle in a tree’s trunk. Some of the oldest geometrical designs have ties to religious or spiritual practices, representing that which was believed to be ‘sacred.’ Many feature repeating lines that show perfect balance and symmetry.
Tattoos are nothing short of a style statement today, which reflects the attitude and fashion sense of whoever is wearing the tattoo. This is the reason why discerning tattoo lovers are so choosy about the designs and look for something different from the common and traditional designs. One of such cool design options is geometry tattoo designs, which carry a unique stylized look and also have a deep symbolic significance, which have together, taken these designs to the heights of popularity. Geometry is a science of perfection and symmetry, in which there is an amazing balance and harmony between elements and this is what is essentially depicted by geometric style tattoos in today’s culture.
This canvas was very unhappy with what his previous tattoo artist had hoped to achieve and was even considering blacking out his entire leg at a point, when Jay-Cee had the great idea of using geometric shapes and patterns to cover up the existing tattoos. This is currently what the work is looking like after 3 hours with plenty more exciting and original things to come. so keep watching this space to see how something terrible can be turned into something great!

To see more of Jay-Cee Rademeyers work or for more information about Zen Ink Professional Tattoo and Piercing Studio, please visit www.zenink.co.za or feel free to stop past our studio in Boksburg for a FREE consultation.

This bright and bold anagram tattoo was done by the head artist of Zen Ink Professional Tattoo and Piercing Studio in Johannesburg, South Africa, Nina Rademeyer.
Anagram tattoos are tattoos with words that have been flipped, mirrored or inverted. A design may consist of one word or a phrase. The word may either be flipped or inverted. With some designs, once the inversion is done, the meaning of the word may change and in some cases, it may contrast the original meaning. For instance, a word with a good meaning may be inverted and have a negative meaning. The word ‘love’ flipped can read ‘pain’ for example
Anagrams were independently invented by John Langdon in the 1970s. Where he featured them on covers of his books which led to them gaining popularity among the general public who then adopted them as tattoo art.
These tattoos are mainly placed on the forearm so that a person can flip it in one way or the other hence achieving the full effect of the anagram design. However, some people still place the tattoo in other locations like on the leg but its effect may not be as visible and obvious to the average person walking down the street or in a shopping mall.
This client had both of his children’s names done in this anagram style of tattooing with nice bright and bold colors to capture their likeness and personality. 4 Different tones of each color were inked into this outstanding bit of work.
Nina Rademeyer completed these anagram tattoos in a single session using the following: A Professional Rotary Tattoo Pen, Elite Cartridges, Dynamic Tattoo Ink, Fusion Tattoo Ink, Eternal Tattoo Ink, Green Soap, Stencil Stuff and Hustle Butter.
If you would like to see more of the work that Nina Rademeyer has done, please visit www.zenink.co.za or feel free to stop past our studio in Boksburg for a FREE consultation to discuss your ideas and plans for your next.. of first tattoo. We would love to see you!

This striking custom arrow tattoo was done by Nina Rademeyer, the head artist at Zen Ink Professional Tattoo and Piercing Studio, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Arrows are very old and familiar objects, probably recognizable by anyone who can talk. They’ve been around since before recorded history, after all, and were invented a  long time before the wheel.
Arrow tattoos were originally based on Native American tribal life, hundreds of years ago. The arrow represented an essential tool in hunter-gatherer communities, serving as a weapon in hunting and in war. Though a simple design, this symbol is extremely popular because of the powerful, positive meanings associated with it.
In Native Indian culture, an arrow pointing at the ground represents peace. It draws the eyes down to the ground, indicating that there’s something important below. This might signify being grounded or point to something buried. A tattoo of an arrow pointing down one’s arm toward the hand might indicate a flow of energy out into the world, like an arrow being shot by the arm.
A classic and simple design, the arrow represents many fundamental human values and truths. Whether it stands for harmony, conflict, or personal progress, the arrow is a time-honored symbol that almost everyone can relate to.
This client wanted bright colors that would make it look as close to his original idea as possible, and that was certainly captured in this amazing tattoo!
Nina Rademeyer completed this custom arrow arm tattoo in a single session using the following: A Professional Rotary Tattoo Pen, Elite Cartridges, Dynamic Tattoo Ink, Fusion Tattoo Ink, Eternal Tattoo Ink, Green Soap, Stencil Stuff and Hustle Butter.
If you would like to see more of Nina Rademeyers work or would like any additional information about Zen Ink Professional Tattoo and Piercing Studio, please visit www.zenink.co.za or alternatively come and visit us at our studio in Boksburg for a FREE consultation to discuss your next awesome tattoo.

This full sleeve samurai tattoo is looking really good so far, lots of work ahead so keep your eyes peeled. The artist doing this work is Nina Rademeyer, the head artist of Zen Ink Professional Tattoo Studio in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Samurai tattoos are very popular in Japanese culture. Even though it is not a mainstream tattoo in Africa, it still has a following, especially among people who admire Japan. Their designs are very detailed and quite colorful. Though they come in a variety of sizes and styles, most designs are larger due to the detail in this tattoo.They usually represent traits and attributes of the samurai. It often symbolizes strength and courage, along with a host of other meanings. The designs are quite stunning and perfect for sleeve tattoos, with various elements and symbols that can accompany their theme.

The samurai tattoo can represent a variety of different meanings. Since there are many variations, meanings can differ from one variation to the other. Remember, in the end, your tattoo symbolizes what you want it too.

Since the samurai practiced living every day like it was their last, your tattoo can symbolize the same thing. It can be there to remind you of how fragile life really is. It can remind you to live every moment like it was your last because none of us is sure of tomorrow. It may also be chosen by those who value the samurai and their culture. These tattoos have been around for many years in Japan—these tattoos were traditionally worn as full back, full body, or full sleeve tattoos.

Nina Rademeyer is currently one session in on this full sleeve samurai design and she is using the following: A Professional Rotary Tattoo Pen, Dynamic Tattoo Ink, Empire Tattoo Ink, Green Soap, Hustle Butter and Elite Cartridges.

To see more of Nina Rademeyers work or for any additional information regarding Zen Ink Professional Tattoo and Piercing Studio, please visit www.zenink.co.za or alternatively come and visit us at our studio in Boksburg for a free consultation

Hannya masks are very popular in Japan, having been a prominent symbol in Japanese culture for centuries. Over the years, it has spread in popularity and outside of Japan, and is now known around the world.
 
This hannya mask was done by Nina Rademeyer, the head artist of Zen Ink Professional Tattoo and Piercing Studion in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • The word hannya itself is the Sino-Japanese word for praina, which represents wisdom and knowledge.Hannya masks depict a woman so overcome with envy and vengeance that she takes on the form of a demon overcome with jealousy and anger. Although she has demonic characteristics, a few human traits still remain.These masks are commonly used in Shinto ceremonial practices and used in traditional Japanese theatre,known as Noh Kabuki or Noh theater. The plays will depicts acts based on folk stories that date back centuries, some as far back as the 14 century.The mask is also used in kyōgen Japanese plays, as well as in Shinto ritual kagura dances.It can come in neutral, bland colors or very vibrant, bold colors. If it uses more extreme colors, this portrays a deeper emotion of violence in that character. Her spiked horns and fang-like teeth are always prominent, as well as her stoned cold gleaming eyes.
  • This design also often portrays an expression of guilt and suffering.Tattoo artists have put their own creative twist on this design, often straying from traditional characteristics.
Nina Rademeyer completed this tattoo in a single session using a Professional Rotary Tattoo Pen, Empire Tattoo Ink, Dynamic Tattoo Ink, Green Soap, Hustle Butter and Elite Cartridges.
To see more of Nina Rademeyers work or for any additional information about Zen Ink Professional Tattoo and Piercing Studio, please visit www.zenink.co.za  or alternatively stop past our studio in Boksburg for a free consultation.
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