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    Tattoo expert Sameer Patange, on trends and how to identify the right artist

    He insists that all his clients do their homework before coming to get a tattoo, but personally doesna��t follow the same. a�?I know I am contradicting myself,a�? laughs Mumbaia��s go-to tattoo artist, Sameer Patange, quickly adding, a�?But I dona��t put much thought into my own tattoos. When events take place in my life I get them marked.a�? Patangea��s clients include, Hrithik Roshan, Sushmita Sen and recently, Shruti Haasan and Sumona Chakravarti. In fact, his longest session with a client was 14 hours with TV star Rohit Roy. Ahead of his visit to Chennai for a 10-day festival (September 10-19) at Aura, The Park, he shares pointers on getting inked the right way, a�?Read up about your artist first. Make sure he/she is guiding you and not pushing you. Watch the artist work on a client a�� they should open the needles in front of you and all their equipment should be covered.a�?

    reshmaKrishna-kumar-copyIn the industry for 15 years, the student of Dr Kohiyar (aka the godfather of tattooing in India) who works only with vegetable and fruit-based inks,A� is confident that tattooing is going to be accepted in a big way. Patange feels that tattoo removing is a big industry today, though it will take a while for diversifications like body modification (like the idea of screwing a pair of horns onto your skull!) and scarification to come to our shores. Radical concepts aside, we ask the artist how many Indians approach him to get their privates tattooed. a�?A lot of women are getting their upper torso tattooed. But not the men, they prefer to get inked on parts that they can flaunt,a�? he laughs.
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