Specialising in freehand lettering, calligraphy, graffiti, as well as black and grey work, we bring you Duran Niemach as our featured Tattoo Artist. Working out of SA Hardcore Social Club in Parkhurst, Johannesburg get to know Duran and his work here.
Name: Duran Niemach
Shop: SA Hardcore Social Club
Years tattooing: 3
Tattoo style: Freehand lettering, calligraphy, graffiti, black and grey
Hourly rate: Our shop generally quotes per design
Give us some insight into your tattooing career?
It all started after I got my first tattoo at the age of 20 and I was hooked from that moment, hooked on the lifestyle, the art, and the industry. I used to hang out at my friends tattoo shop pretty much every day after work, and weekends, and holidays. Always having a dream to tattoo, and after a few years my dream became a reality and I got a job at SA Hardcore at the ripe old age of 27. I am now 33 and still pushing hard, learning and loving every second of my crazy job.
What does the tattoo industry mean to you?
To me it’s an industry that accepts people from all walks of life as they are, except if you’re kak [laughs]. It allows people to express who they are and be super proud of it because they belong to a worldwide community.
In your experience, where is the most painful place to get tattooed?
The palm of your hand and your throat.
What are some of your more unique pieces that you’ve had done?
My wife tattooed a small heart on me a few years ago, it’s absolutely terrible but I love it [laughs]. I’ve got a massive A on the side of my face, being my daughters initial. And a massive rose throat tattoo.
What do you like doing with your off time?
If I’m not drawing I’m spending time with my wife, my kid and my dog. Off time doesn’t come often so I have to make it count. Nature of the beast.
What style of tattoo do you enjoy doing most?
I most enjoy doing anything that has to do with lettering. I love doing custom fine-line work as well as super bold big pieces.
What goes through your mind while you are working on a client?
Pretty much doing the piece that I’m busy with at the time to the best of my ability.
What have been some of your standout pieces to work on?
I’m getting a lot of flower bookings lately. I love doing flowers and never get tired of doing them. It always Helps when you love the piece you do. I also love trying new techniques with my lettering and it never gets old.
How do you make sure you keep progressing as an artist?
Draw draw draw and draw.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
I’ll hopefully own a shop or two and traveling the world with my kraft.
Tattoos by Duran
Photos by Supafly Design & Media.