Tattooing is Not a Profession, It is an Art: Vikas Malani, Celebrity Tattoo Artist and Co-Founder of BodyCanvas

Vikas Malani, Founder of BodyCanvas is a remarkable international tattooing expert and a celebrity tattoo artist. Vikas has worked with top stars of Bollywood fraternity which has given him a serious boost about his potential and encouraged him to go out and contribute to the industry.

He has made thousands of tattoos and more than 150 different types of body piercing through the years. He has touched the hearts of so many people with his work. He specializes in cosmetic tattoos, portraits and realism & facial piercings.

Vikas Malani in a quick fire with Suman Prasad shared some interesting details on Tattooing and different aspects of his life.


On Starting Tattooing

I started tattooing since 2001 and body painting got me interested in tattooing business which I started in 1998.

On Learning Tattooing Skills and Professional Training

Initially, Dr. Koiyar and Mr. Shantaram gave me basic training on tattooing. Later, I started attending tattoo conventions and conferences happening in different countries to grow my knowledge on tattooing.



His Idol/Inspiration in Life

My Idol as well as inspiration is my mother because she motivated me to pursue what i really wanted, at the time it was most needed.

Professional v/s Amateur tattooing

Professional tattooing comes with years and years of practice and learning new skills to enhance you work quality as well.

His First Professional Tattoo

A Scorpion.

On His Style  

I started with tribal and now I do watercolor, dot work, line work and realistic tattoos.






On His Experience of Working With the Bollywood Celebs

It has been a great experience working with celebrities as they bring in lot of exposure plus different styles and designs which becomes a challenge to complete.

I have worked with M.S DHONI, Priyanka Chopra, Amir Khan, Fardeen Khan, Anushka Sharma, Kalki Koechlon, Sneha Ullal, Remo D’Souza and many more of them.

Message to the Amateur Artists Who Wants to Make a Career in this Industry

I would advice them to not rush but rather take a pause and observe as well as understand that tattooing is not a profession, it is an Art.
                     
Therefore, one needs to understand that Art needs patience and lot of dedication with hard work, as there is no short cut to gain experience or to become a professional.


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