A day in the Life of a Tattoo Apprentice 

Here is an update for the folks following our Tattoo Academy.

For the general Tattoo Enthusiast, this Video gives a preview into the work that goes into Art on Skin at Tattoo Temple-India.
#Part1 of 3

Featuring : Yogi Mohite.

While it is easy to get distracted with all that goes on at a busy shop, a dedicated student will ensure time is given to drawing daily
This means making time to draw after taking care of shop responsibilities like cleaning, inventory management & tattooing technique practice with the machine.

Future videos will showcase the tattoo consultation , custom designing process, set up & tattoo execution at our Academy in Vashi, Navi Mumbai.

Thanks for watching.


Shiva in Meditation – Tattoo Art


Shiva in Meditation – Dotwork Mandala around the Design with Swatikas

Love Boomerang


The Year is Coming to an End & i wanted to Thank All my Clients who Trusted me with their Skin.

My Calendar is Open for Booking in 2016 & I’m looking forward to work on Tattoo Projects that are not limited by SIZE.

We are giving away FREE Art on Skin as Gifts till the end of the Year.
Eg – Pay for 1st Hour & get inked the 2nd Hour for FREE / FLAT 51% OFF on Half Arm / Full Arm Sleeves & MUCH MORE..

Contact me at +91 9833795007 with your Tattoo Concept before the End of the Year & get Exclusive Discounts on Bookings.

Best Regards – Vignesh a.k.a. Monk from Tattoo Temple.

Media Coverage : Well Written

A Big THANKYOU to all my Clients & well wishers, who had the Faith in me & supported me all these years. DNA Navi Mumbai has put across my views beautifully in this article.

To read this online – http://epaper.dnaindia.com/story.aspx?id=70559&boxid=11954&ed_date=2014-9-07&ed_code=820015&ed_page=4

Will be Organizing a Free Seminar on Sterilization & Cross Contamination for budding Tattooists in & around Navi Mumbai. Interested individuals can send me a Personal Message at +91 9833795007.


Getting Tattooed – After Care

Your tattoo studio should explain the aftercare procedures after the tattoo application appointment. Remember though, the artists’ responsibility for the care and condition of the tattoo ends as soon as you walk out the studio door. You are in charge of caring for what is essentially, in regards to the condition of the skin and particularly for the first few days, an open wound. If you do not properly take care of the tattooed area it can lead to infection. If a few simple guidelines are followed is will remain a source of pride for many years.

The First Three To Four Hours –

After your tattoo application appointment the artist will wrap your tattoo with a protective bandage. This prevents infection from air borne bacteria and pathogens. Leave this bandage on but only for the first three to four hours after the tattoo.

Cleaning and Breathing –

Once the time comes to remove the bandage you can rinse the tattooed area. People often ask if they can shower normally and the answer is yes, however do not let the shower hit it directly. But be sure not to soak the tattooed area. You want to avoid prolonged submersion. Depending on your skin type and climate, you may or may not want to use some antibacterial soap to clear any excess ointment or cream. Always pat the tattooed area dry as rubbing can cause irritation.

Protective Layer –

A thin layer of moisturizer should be applied to the tattooed area ideally three to four times a day. The key healing time is the first few days. However the tattoo will not completely heal until one full skin cycle – 28 days. Keeping a light layer of moisturizer on the tattooed area throughout the first four weeks is highly recommended.

Flaking –

You have a tattoo because ink was pushed through the top layer of skin and deposited on the second or middle layer. When the needle was pushing through some ink will have been temporarily retained by the top layer of skin. In the first few weeks the top layer of skin over the tattoo will start to flake and peel. This is completely natural. Your tattoo is not falling off. Do not pick or scratch the area. Instead, let is flake naturally.

Stay Out Of The Sauna –

Saunas, hot tubs and swimming pools can be breeding grounds for bacteria. Normally your skin protects you by providing a waterproof barrier. However, your skin has been punctured during the tattoo process and the tattooed area is therefore susceptible to infection should you enter these areas with a recently applied tattoo. The same applies to baths and even showers – but the exposure is shorter and far less intense so the risk is minimized.

Say No To Sun Tanning –

The first 28 days are crucial and you should limit exposing the tattooed area to the sun as much as possible. Once the tattooed has healed applying an SPF50 is recommended prior to hitting the beach. Plenty of tattooed people also have sun tans. But staying out of the sun for the first few weeks is critical. The reason that direct sun is bad for a tattooed area is that the sun will heat up the tattoo ink. When this happens your body reacts and treats the ink as a foreign element. It will then attempt to digest the ink so as to ‘flush’ the intruder. This is why tattoos exposed to sun will start to look faded.

Getting Tattooed – Recommendations

The Rationale Behind Tattoo Recommendations:

Amongst all the tattoo studio related advice most people fail to take the time and explain the reasons behind it. The following is an attempt to take the most commonly shared tattoo advice and offer an insight into the recommendation itself:


Recommendation: Make sure the studio uses an autoclave.

Why this is important: What’s an autoclave? It is an expensive sterilization tool used in hospitals. It is basically a powerful steamer that ensures all reusable items in the tattooing process are properly cleansed between clients. Tubes and grips are the two items most commonly sent through an autoclave. The use of an autoclave is the only method that guarantees hygiene when cleaning reusable equipment.


Recommendation: The artist should be wearing gloves and a mask.

Why this is important: This is standard hygienic practice. To stop the transmission of any bacteria it is crucial that the artist use these protective barriers. You are undergoing a procedure where you skin is being pierced. The use of gloves and masks protects both you and the artist. If an artist is not wearing gloves or a mask during your appointment – chances are they didn’t for the last customer either!


Recommendation: Find out if the artist has formally trained in any other areas.

Why this is important: Tattooing is an art form that has traditionally been passed down from master to student. But the modern tattoo studio and working environment should be held to the same levels of cleanliness and hygiene as any doctor’s office. There are numerous courses in sterilization, studio maintenance and first aid available. Quality studios will promote these kinds of certificates and training.


Recommendation: Are they vaccinated for Hepatitis B?

Why this is important: Hepatitis B is an extremely serious infection. It is spread through the contact with infected blood and bodily fluids. It is absolutely essential that your tattoo artist be vaccinated for Hepatitis B.


Recommendation: All ink and materials should be in disposable cups or ‘caps’.

Why this is important: You’ve probably seen photos of rows of tiny white or clear caps on an tattoo artists work station. The ink is placed into these caps because throughout the tattooing process the artist has to constantly dip the tattoo needle into the color of ink they’re using. If they were to keep dipping the tattoo needle into a central, main pot of ink it would then cross contaminate every client. Ink, cream and other materials used throughout the tattooing process must be divided into separate containers for each client.


Recommendation: New sterile needles must be used always.

Why this is important: This is for the same reason as above – only the risk that would arise should needles be shared is far more direct. As tattooing needles piece the skin they can be exposed to bodily fluids. Needles must be sealed containers, opened in front of you before the tattoo and disposed of in a proper receptacle afterwards.


Recommendation: Always ask to see examples of the artist’s finished work.

Why this is important: Full portfolios should be readily available. The best artists’ work will be displayed in a variety of sources. A quick internet search should yield plenty of results

Getting Tattooed – Tattoos



Are They Safe?

Yes: provided that you choose the right artist and studio. As a practice tattooing inherently holds no more risk than any comparable cosmetic treatment or surgery. But in the same way that one would choose to receive a surgery from a reputable doctor – choosing a bad tattoo studio can cause serious damage. And with tattooing, the evidence of the wrong choice is more or less permanent.



No Pain, No Gain !!!

Does it hurt?

This is perhaps the most common question for people first interested in getting a tattoo. The answer is yes. But, pain is relative. I have had  weightlifters getting tattoos on their feet that start to cry after an hour & have had women one third their size fall asleep when getting a tattoo on the exact same place.

There are three factors when considering the pain of a tattoo.

1) The first is that most anticipated pain often seems to be greater in one’s mind than it actually turns out to be. Quite commonly the case has been that the mental expectation is more intense than the physical pain from the tattoo. This usually leaves the client pleasantly surprised!

2) Secondly, you need to consider your motivation and dedication behind receiving the artwork. If you are nervous, have chosen the wrong artist or otherwise unsure – the pain for some can be close to intolerable. However, if you are confident in your artist, excited for the design and can’t wait to have the piece – then you will be relaxed and the pain will be comparatively less. Most often a hugely influential factor regarding pain levels is basically the way one views and chooses the tattoo.

3) Thirdly, and this is the most fundamental, pain levels felt when getting a tattoo can be down to the skill of your artist. If the artist doesn’t know the levels they should be pushing the needle to, is too rough or simply doesn’t care then they can cause bleeding and scarring.

 Consider the painometer while deciding w here to get inked next. 


Can I use some kind of numbing cream?

No. At Tattoo Temple we occasionally are asked this question but the fact is that these kinds of products do not work for tattoos. Tattoos are permanent because they rest on the middle layer of skin. Very simply, the top layer of human skin is constantly shedding, the middle layer is stable, and the base layer connects the blood vessels and nerves. Numbing creams are applied and work on the top layer of skin only. The tattoo sits on the second layer of skin. Lidocaine, the most common active ingredient in numbing creams, only works on a tiny portion of skin and does not cut off all sensation to the said area. Additionally, lidocaine has the potential to cause unwanted side effects and health complications. Anyone who promises a pain free tattoo is being dishonest.

How much does a tattoo cost?

Transfer this question to any other art form. Think of the difference between asking your friend to draw a picture – or commissioning Picasso. Single tattoo pieces of course are not comparable, on a purely financial scale, to the current price of a Picasso but the contrast of recognizable quality and artwork holds. You can either commission an artist or you can pay a much smaller fee to someone who knows how to trace a picture. If you do not want to pay for quality do not get a tattoo. You are deciding on something you will wear and display for the rest of your life. This is the last place you want to haggle for a cheaper price. What tattoo would look good on me? Where should I get it? When you are creating your piece a good artist will sit down and discuss these options with you. However, you will need to bring a lot of information to the table. Ask yourself what you find beautiful, appealing, powerful or inspirational? What do you want to be reminded of or carry with you the rest of your life? Your artist can guide and advise you for the style and direction but in the end, you are the only person that can decide.

Where can I find tattoo designs?

Every time this question is asked at Tattoo Temple the answer comes with a warning – please use any images you find for reference only! I’m sure the last thing you want is some one else with the exact same tattoo as you. There are millions of images that can found online, however none of these images should be transferred directly into a tattoo. Images can be used by you and your artist to guide and direct your design. At times we have found there to be a few exceptions to this case. This would be when a family crest, emblem or very meaningful design element is requested to be incorporated. Alterations to any such element are of course not necessary. The overarching principle is that tattoos need not be something chosen out of a book. They do not have to be repeated and they should not be something chosen quickly.


Are there any things I can’t do once I have a tattoo?

No. To keep your tattoo in optimum condition there are a range of aftercare procedures you should follow (a period of 15 days, usually). The purpose of the aftercare instructions are to ensure that the tattoo remains in good condition. At Tattoo Temple I have faced numerous ‘urban legends’ about various restrictions placed on people with tattoos. These include the myth that you can’t give blood (it is only sometimes recommended that for plasma donation you wait up to 12 months after that tattoo application appointment). Tattooed people face no physiological restrictions because of their tattoos.

When should I get a tattoo?

There is no one time that is necessarily better than another. Factors to consider here are lifestyle and skin conditions. A tattoo needs to be allowed to breath, it needs to be kept clean and lightly moisturized – particularly for the first 28 days. If you work in an office you spend most of your time in a climate controlled environment so there would be little season affect. If you work outside during the summer then certain precautions are necessary.

Do not book an appointment right after a vacation to the beach. Exposure to the sun, chlorine water etc. damages the skin & it should be given enough time to recuperate before being tattooed. It is also important that you do have a high alchohol , drug content in your body when you come in for your appointment. It’s harder for the artist to the best work possible.

Getting Tattooed – Intro

From design to application: Everything you need to know about the tattooing process

By reading this I assume that you’re either interested in or, planning on getting inked. It has been my experience that, irrespective of the amount of research previously completed; numerous technical and emotional questions regarding the process can remain. Knowing as much as you can about the practice of tattooing will allow you to make informed, educated decisions. When chosen correctly, a tattoo can be a permanent work of art that you will carry with you for the rest of your life. And the only way to make a decision you will be happy with for that length of time is with the right facts and a clear view.

Even the most experienced artists were not born in tattoo studios. Everyone, at some time or another, has been in your position asking the same questions. And like every person before you, there are many facets, tools and systems of a tattoo studio to be learnt.

A lot of information about the tattooing process exists and even most heavily tattooed people don’t fully understand it all. The following pages will address the basic questions about the tattooing process as well as offer a brief introduction into the tattoo artists’ world.

The purpose of this introduction is to clarify the decisions, process and care needed when choosing and receiving a tattoo. The end goal is to not only knowing what makes a hygienic studio, but also the recognition of genuine tattoos as an art form.


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