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Floral Butterfly Tattoo

Butterflies are deep and powerful representations of life. Many cultures associate the butterfly with our souls. The Christian religion sees the butterfly as a symbol of resurrection. Around the world, people view the butterfly as representing endurance, change, hope, and life. There is no doubt the butterfly has significant meanings to us.

Through heartfelt stories, we have heard butterflies symbolizing the passing of a loved one, or life struggles that people have endured to emerge as a better person. We have heard stories from cancer fighters and survivors, people who have dealt with mental breakdowns, heartache, and drug addictions. Butterflies have also been a symbol for celebrations, weddings, life, and our journeys.

This delicate work was done by Jay- Cee Rademeyer of Zen Ink Professional Tattoo Studio, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Jay-Cee’s customer came all the way to him from California to get this tattoo done and it was also her very first tattoo. She sat like an absolute champ for it too.

Butterflies are a popular subject for tattoos among girls and women, either as a pretty skin decoration or as a symbol of a deeper meaning. Butterflies symbolize freedom, beauty and change, and are often chosen to represent a period of transformation in a woman’s life. Butterfly tattoos are often accompanied by other feminine tattoo designs such as flowers, birds and elegant patterns.

Jay-Cee completed this tattoo in a single sitting using a Professional Coil Tattoo Machine, Dynamic Tattoo Ink, Stencil Stuff and Green Soap.

If you would like to see more of Jay Cees’s work or for any additional information about Zen Ink Professional Tattoo Studio please visit www.zenink.co.za or stop past our studio in Boksburg for a free consultation.

Roses are a complex flower, and a popular tattoo. Obvious symbolism may be delicate beauty or love, but there is a wealth of culture behind rose symbolism that can be different based on different elements, including color and whether or not the rose is “open.”
This awesome abstract rose tattoo was done by Jay-Cee Rademeyer, of Zen Ink Professional Tattoo Studio in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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.

In mythology, Aphrodite (the Greek goddess of love) was often depicted with roses adorning her head, feet, and neck. This can be interpreted many ways, but the association comes from a rose bush that grew within a pool of blood spilled by her slain lover (Adonis), and so a common interpretation is that the rose symbolizes an immortal love that withstands time and even death. In tarot, the rose is considered a symbol of balance. The beauty of this flower expresses promise, hope, and new beginnings. It is contrasted by thorns symbolizing defense, loss, and thoughtlessness.

The abstract style of tattooing is growing on a daily basis and has allowed both artists as clients to combine elements and ideas that traditionally would not be accepted within the main stream market. The ideas and possibilities are endless, with unique and meaningful tattoos being produced at top class studios like Zen Ink in Johannesburg.

Jay-Cee Rademeyer completed this abstract rose tattoo in a single session using a professional Coil Tattoo Machine, Dynamic Tattoo Ink, Fusion Tattoo Ink, Eternal Tattoo Ink, Green Soap and Stencil Stuff.

To see more of Jay-Cee Rademeyers work, please visit www.zenink.co.za or for any additional information regrading the studio feel free to come and visit us at our studio in Boskburg.

This awesome dot work style mandala tattoo was done by Nina Rademeyer, the head artist at Zen Ink Tattoo Studio, in Boksburg, Johannesburg, South Africa.

The history of Mandala goes back the prehistoric era. It’s a form of art used by ancient people to represent the whole universe. It is also a symbol used in the spiritual aspect of Buddhism and Hinduism. Although it’s an ancient art, many people are still in awe at how great it looks.

Mandala Tattoo is a sacred symbol. It is a popular symbol in Buddhism , which makes it religious by nature. There are Mandala designs that represent the Sun, the Universe, and the Stars.  People believe that only those who have the blessing of the celestial heavens can complete a Mandala art. Although there’s no proof to its truth, thousands of people still believe this myth. Well, there’s nothing wrong with believing in it. What’s important is that you consider Mandala as an art and appreciate it.

Mandala art is made of basic geometric shapes, particularly squares and triangles. However, when you look at the bigger picture, it will display a circle rather than squares and triangles. This is due to the harmonious combination of the geometric shapes to make a single pattern. Getting this design as a tattoo will be a great idea, especially for people who love ancient art.

This client and Nina are currently working on a full sleeve so keep checking in for updated photos and progress.

Nina Rademeyer completed this dot work style mandala in a single session using a professional Rotary Tattoo Pen, Dynamic Tattoo Ink, Hustle Butter, Stencil Stuff, Elite Cartridges and green soap.

To see more of Nina Rademeyers work or for any additional information about Zen Ink Tattoo Studio please visit www.zenink.co.za or stop past our studio in Boksburg for a free consultation to discuss your next awesome tattoo with us!

This brush style swan shoulder tattoo was completed by Nina Rademeyer, the head artist at Zen Ink  Professional Tattoo Studio, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
This particular client came all the why to us from Ireland, and what a load of fun he was.. Greetings to you Mr James Swan!
The Swan is more than just a beautiful bird; it is the quintessential being of balance and harmony. It is also a symbol of Transformation through Enlightenment. In the classic fairy tale, the duckling becomes transformed into a being of perfection – a swan – after it has learned to embrace its true nature. The ugly duckling “mentally transforms” into what he was destined to be. The Celtic tradition abounds with stories of kings and fair maidens being transformed into swans, either as a reward for their long suffering or as a curse from evil, greedy enemies.
Swans also have various other meanings and symbology attached to them that differs from place to place and people to people.
James wanted this tattoo to represent the pride he has for his family, culture and heritage. he was absolutely over the moon with the final result and we will be looking forward to having him at Zen Ink Tattoo Studio again in the near future.
Nina Rademeyer completed this brush style swan tattoo in a single session using a Professional Rotary Tattoo Pen, Elite Cartridges, Green Soap, Stencil Stuff, Hustle Butter, Dynamic Tattoo Ink and Fusion Tattoo Ink.
To see more of Nina Rademeyers work or for any additional information regrading Zen Ink  Professional Tattoo Studio, please visit www.zenink.co.za or feel free to stop past our studio in Boksburg for a free consultation.

This gorgeous realism/illustration owl shoulder tattoo was done by Nina Rademeyer, the head artist at Zen Ink Professional Tattoo Studio in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The owl is a beautiful and meaningful tattoo choice. Owl tattoos aren’t necessarily mainstream but are popular, worn by both men and women. Often colorful and detailed, they commonly portray the owl alone, but may include other symbols and elements.

The owl has been associated with many different ancient civilizations over time, all over the globe. The owl plays a part in Hindu, Egyptian, and Celtic lore and mythologies. These cultures believed that the owl was the protector and guardian of the dead and believed it was able to communicate with the departed. The Romans believed that an owl hooting atop a public building predicted the death of an important public figure. Because of this, the owl is commonly called the “angel of death” and believed to guide or carry recently-departed souls to the underworld. For ancient Greeks, the owl was sacred to Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom.

The owl was also symbolic to Native Americans who believed it was the guardian of sacred knowledge. They would also look to the owl to forecast the weather. Several cultures believed that the owl would accompany the soul in the afterlife and some believe if you see an owl in your dreams, it means that you or someone in your life will experience death.

Nina Completed this owl shoulder tattoo in a single session using a Professional Rotary Tattoo Pen, Elite cartridges, Stencil Stuff, Dynamic Tattoo Ink, Fusion Tattoo Ink, Eternal Tattoo Ink and Green Soap.

If you would like to see more of Nina Rademeyers work, or for any additional information regarding the studio please visit www.zenink.co.za or feel free to stop past our studio in Boksburg for a free consultation to discuss your next tattoo.

Binary Honey Comb Tattoo
This is a fantastic example of a truly original idea, geometric honey comb with binary code as one of the elements.
This piece was completed by Nina Rademeyer, the head artist of Zen Ink Professional Tattoo Studio in Boksburg, Johannesburg, South Africa.

There are few geometrical tattoos more popular than the honeycomb tattoo, and for a variety of reasons. These designs look fantastic on the skin more often than not, and there also happen to be multiple great meanings that they can represent.

What you’ll usually find is that people who have the honeycomb tattoo not only like the look of the design, they also happen to be fans of bees. After all, the honeycomb is considered to be the bee’s best creation, so it just makes sense that people like everything about it. In fact, you will sometimes even see people include a bee or two on their honeycomb tattoo designs.

This client had a great idea of including binary code into his tattoo which represents himself, his wife and his kids, what a great way to capture your loved ones without being cheesy and doing the same thing that everybody else does.

These are the kind of tattoos that true artists love to do, where the customer has taken time out of their busy schedule to do research and bring some different elements to the table that have been well thought out and carefully constructed. This client and Nina are also working towards a full sleeve on this one so keep your eyes peeled..

Nina completed this honeycomb tattoo in a single session using a Professional Rotary Tattoo Pen, Dynamic Tattoo Ink, Stencil Stuff and Green Soap.

If you would like to see more of Nina Rademeyers work or if you would like more information regarding Zen Ink Professional Tattoo Studio please visit www.zenink.co.za or alternatively stop past our studio in Boskburg for a free consultation

This polynesian half sleeve tattoo was done by Jay Cee Rademeyer of Zen Ink Professional Tattoo Studio in Johannesburg South Africa.

There is still debate over the definitive origins of Polynesian culture and that transfers also, to the notion of tattooing.

One thing that is certain is that the term Polynesian or Polynesia incorporates many tribes including Marquesans, Samoans, Niueans, Tongans, Cook Islanders, Hawaiians, Tahitians and Maori. All of these tribes are genetically linked to the indigenous peoples from parts of Southeast Asia.

Southeast Asia and in turn, Polynesia are sub-regions of Oceania, comprising of a large grouping of over 1000 islands scattered over the central and southern Pacific Ocean, within a triangle that encompasses New Zealand, Hawaii and Easter Island as it’s corners.

The people who inhabit the islands of Polynesia are termed Polynesians and they share many similar traits including language, culture and beliefs.

This client is currently working on a full Polynesian body suite so keep checking back in with us to see how we progress. This half sleeve that Jay Cee is working on was done in a single session and his client sits like an absolute rock . we look forward to having her back at our studio.

Jay Cee completed this Polynesian half sleeve using a Professional coil Tattoo Machine, Dynamic Tattoo Ink, Green Soap and Hustle Butter Deluxe.

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This full color realistic protea tattoo was done by the head artist of Zen Ink Professional Tattoo and Piercing Studio, Nina Rademeyer.
Indeed a truly South African flower yet the Protea flowers are native to the southern hemisphere, primarily Australia and South Africa, but can also be found in Central Africa, Central and South America, and southeast Asia. They are grown commercially  in California and Hawaii, primarily for sale to florist shops. These unique flowers have existed since prehistoric times with some estimates dating them to 300 million years ago.
South Africa: The King Protea (Protea cynaroides) flower (one of the largest and most striking of the protea flowers) is the national flower of South Africa. It earns its name from it’s striking petals that resemble a colorful crown. The King Protea flower is so revered that South Africa’s national cricket team also adopted its name.
Greek Legend: Proteus, son of the Greek God Poseidon, was known for his wisdom, but he was not always eager to share his thoughts and knowledge. It seems Proteus preferred to while away the day sleeping in the summer sun. To avoid detection, he changed his appearance and shape frequently. The protea flower was named after Proteus due its many shapes and colors.
This tattoo was done in quite a delicate and feminine style to compliment the customers soft and gentle personality. Soft colors and delicate line work is what makes this tattoo so special to her.
Nina completed this realistic protea tattoo in a single session using a Professional Rotary Tattoo Pen, Dynamic Tattoo Ink, Fusion Tattoo Ink, Eternal Tattoo Ink, Stencil Stuff and Hustle Butter Deluxe.
To see more of Nina Rademeyers work or for any additional information regarding the studio, please visit www.zenink.co.za or stop past our studio in Boksburg for a free consultation.
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his half realistic, half geometric lion full back tattoo was done by the head artist at Zen Ink Professional Tattoo Studio in Boksburg South Africa, Nina Rademeyer.

The lion is without doubt a ferociously powerful symbol representing courage, strength, pride and loyalty among many other traits. Lions are highly featured in so many cultural myths not only for their extremely powerful presence but also because of their pride.

This particular client works saving wild and endangered animals all across South Africa and wanted something that would capture both sides of the type of work that she does, the elegant and beautiful side, as well as the fierce and strong side which she often needs to portray in order to help these animals and save them from bad or unethical environments. Nina also added a red ruby jewel to the tattoo as the client wanted a feminine touch to tie both sides of tattoo together.

This full back piece was the clients very first tattoo and she sat through it like an absolute champ! We have the utmost respect for the work she does and wish her and her team all the best wishes for the challenges that lie ahead. You have Zen Inks full support for the amazing the selfless work you do for those animals in need of help.

Nina Rademeyer completed this full lion back piece in a single full day booking using a Professional Rotary Tattoo Pen, Dynamic Tattoo Ink, Fusion Tattoo Ink, Eternal Tattoo Ink, Hustle Butter, Stencil Stuff and Freehand design.

To see more of Nina Rademeyer’s work, or for additional information about Zen Ink Professional Tattoo Studio please visit for www.zenink.co.za or feel free to stop past the studio in Boksburg, Johannesburg for a free consultation to chat about your next awesome tattoo!

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Realistic black and grey lion chest tattoo Nina

This black and grey realistic lion chest tattoo was done by the head artist of Zen Ink Professional Tattoo Studio in Johannesburg South Africa, Nina Rademeyer.

The lion is a powerful and mighty representation of many a things across all cultures and creeds. A lion tattoo can be symbolic of protection qualities, guardianship, power, purity, courage and bravery. People decide to get lions tattooed on their body for many other symbolic reasons too, all depending on their background and what point in their lives they find themselves in at that current moment.

This client came through to the studio with some ideas and images that he had been thinking about getting tattooed for quite some time and felt that Nina Rademeyer would be the perfect artist for him to capture exactly what he had in mind for his very first tattoo.

He wanted something fierce and aggressive to represent strength, loyalty and protection. Being a family man, the client really felt a roaring image of a lion was the perfect fit for him. He also wanted something symbolic of the Hindu god Vishnu, the one who incarnates in the form of part lion, part man to destroy evil and end religious persecution and calamity on Earth. Nina and himself discussed a few different angles and ideas before settling on the design that you can see in the image.

This realistic black and grey lion chest tattoo was completed in a single day booking and the client was absolutely delighted with the way the tattoo was done. Him and his family were great customers to have and we look forward to having them visit us again.

Nina Rademeyer completed this realistic black and grey lion chest tattoo using a Professional Rotary Tattoo Pen, Dynamic Tattoo Ink, Dynamic Grey Wash, Stencil Stuff, Hustle Butter and Freehand skills.

If you would like to see more of Nina Rademeyer’s work, or for any additional information regarding Zen Ink Professional Tattoo Studio, please visit www.zenink.co.za or feel free to stop by the studio in Johannesburg South Africa for a free consultation to discuss your next awesome tattoo!

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