Tattoos have gone mainstream, and what was once considered a mark of rebellion in the past has become a trend that most people sport as a meaningful symbol. What’s fascinating about tattoo is how something so personal can etched forever (well almost!) as a beautiful piece of art.
We had a chat with Angel Zimik, tattoo artist from Manipur. She talks about how it got started and the challenges she faces as she work full time at Devil’z Tattoo studio, New Delhi.
Hello! Introduce a little about yourself.
Hi! I’m Angel Zimik from Manipur and I’m currently residing in New Delhi. I am a tattoo artist and work full time at Devil’z Tattoo Studio, New Delhi since April 2018.
Introduce us to your work and what got you started?
According to me, tattoo is a moment of your life frozen on your skin. It’s phenomenal and I love how it stays permanent on the skin. Art on the skin is altogether a different game. Being a tattoo artist is often less compared to a painter and more like a graphic designer too. You will be helping customers to bring their vision and style to life, and that makes you work with a wide range of artistic method and techniques. Also tattooing is a marathon activity, with continuous hours of work, 100% of your attention and to keep in mind that there is no eraser in tattooing.
Becoming a tattoo artist is a commitment, as the learning never stops. And I have never been committed to anything like this before in my life. I am so lucky to be working beside all the best artists in India, not everyone gets this opportunity.
Tattoo art by Angel Zimik on one of her client’s chest
What initially sparked your interest in this field?
I actually have no background in art. I was working in an NGO as a media manager before I became a tattoo artist. What initially got me into this was when I first got myself a tattoo. I felt something very new in my life and found myself happy. It make me wonder about what tattoo can really do to people and realized the profound power of it. Since then, I wanted to become a tattoo artist so I decided to pursue my art class in the year 2017 for 6 months; after which I took up my apprenticeship in Devil’z Tattoo for another 4 months and now I am here, I have officially become an artist in Devil’z Tattooz studio since April 2018.
Angel’s visit to the slum children, where she used to work at NGO
How has your upbringing influenced your working style and where do you take inspirations from?
I am very fortunate and lucky to say that my parents are very supportive in everything that I do, if it keeps me happy. Also, I do my best not to disappoint them and lose their trust.
I take inspirations from myself, my clients and from the many artists that is around me. There is art everywhere, all you have to do is open your eyes and look closer.
What are the challenges that you face while working at the Devil’z Tattooz studio so far?
Tattooing itself is a big challenge for me because people are entrusting you with their skin. Every client of yours is going to remember you, so every single piece is as important as any other and that’s a whole new challenge you face everyday.
Angel Zimik with work mode on at Devil’z Tattoo studio, New Delhi
What do you hope people take away from your art?
When my client walks in to get a tattoo, I make sure that they go out with a smile on their face and take away the best piece of art. Leaving a piece of my work on someone’s body for me is the greatest honour. So, I want people to take away my piece of art with true happiness and satisfaction. 😊