An Indian artist’s tattoos are being seen by the public for the first time as they become more recognisable to a wider range of people.
The tattoo is seen by more than 200,000 people a year and has become a cultural touchstone for those in the tattoo industry.
Tattoo artist Shashi Kumar says it’s time to start asking what the tattoo really is.
Kumar said there was an awareness gap in the Indian tattoo community, with many people being sceptical about the health benefits of tattoos. “
I want to find out what is tattooed, why it’s done and who did it,” he said.
Kumar said there was an awareness gap in the Indian tattoo community, with many people being sceptical about the health benefits of tattoos.
He said he wanted to start changing that.
“When people start to tattoo their hearts on their bodies, it’s very difficult to find people who know how to do it,” Kumar said.
“They can’t tell you about the procedure, they don’t know about the science behind it.”
That’s the real issue.
It is an important part of our culture.
Why are people getting tattoos?
“The idea is to create a connection with people.”
The art has a long history and Kumar says he started tattooing in his late teens, but it was only in his early 20s when he decided to take up the art.
For him, the process has been a lifelong passion.
“I started tattoo art in 2007 and since then I’ve worked at tattoo shops in the city of Bangalore, Kolkata and Mumbai.”
People are asking me why I do it, why I’m so good at it,” said Kumar.
Many of the people he works with say they like his designs and he hopes to draw more attention to his art.”
We’re a very diverse community in the industry.
I want to change that,” he added.