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Inking a beginning

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Inking a beginning

How well did my tattoo experience go? Take a look at those smiles. The courtesy Vikas Malani of Body Canvas who impressed with his creative skills and an easy going personality.  — By Isha Gakhar

Vikas Malani is a Mumbai-favourite — B-town celebs and common man can equally vouch for his inking skills! When it comes to getting your first tattoo, picking the right artist is as important as the final design. Being a Shiva worshipper, and otherwise inclined towards minimalism, the vision for my first tattoo was based on religious symbolism but with clean lines.

Vikas Malani began his career with a Spanish tattoo artist, Lyndia. With the support of Dr. Kohiyar and Shantaram, he started commercial tattooing in 2001. He launched BodyCanvas, along with his brother Mickey, in 2003 at Andheri, Mumbai.

Today, the brand boasts of three studios in Mumbai, one each in Delhi and London. His enviable client list includes celebrities like John Abraham, Remo D’Souza and many others. He also works with celebs for their temporary movie makeovers, like Aamir Khan for Dhoom 3, Anushka Sharma for Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola, Priyanka Chopra for Pyaar Impossible, Anil Kapoor for Tashan,  MS Dhoni for Max Oil TVC and Shahrukh Khan for Dish TV Advertisement. Vikas is actively associated with NGO Chhanv Foundation that fights against acid attack.

The Experience

Vikas pleasing personality put you at peace even you are a first timer…as my tattoo was etched on my inner arms, I barely felt the needle. Thanks to his steady hands, intricate designs were bearable!

The Design

I finalised on a trio of symbols that best represent my beliefs, which were beautifully combined and refined by the BodyCanvas team to complement my personal style.

The Result

Not only the design came out just I imagined it, Vikas skilled technique ensured fine lines and super sharp edges.