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2015-06-25 06:01

Peter Webb runs business for tattoo

Peter Webb runs business for tattoo

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Since the age of 16, Peter Webb from Mfuleni has had an obsession with tattoos after seeing many movie stars with bodies splashed with ink designs.

Finally, with his first salary, he has managed to buy a tattoo machine and start his own business in the township.

Located in Extension 4, where he is renting, Webb operates from a shack he shares with his girlfriend.

An A student in art in high school, Webb had his first tattoo at 16 years on his arm and says it was not painful at all.

“I am 30 years old now and I have about 40 tattoos on different parts of my body. I bought my first machine in 2012 for R4,500. I didn’t have training on doing tattoos.

It came with practice and the tattoos that I have on my body on places that I can easily see and reach, I have done myself,” said Webb.

Webb said he gets around 10 to 12 clients a week. The process includes him first showing his clients different designs from his computer.

The clients choose the design they want, only if they have not brought their own.

He then takes a ballpoint pen and draws the exact design on the part of the body that the client wants the tattoo. He then takes a new needle and sets it up on his tattoo machine, dips it in ink, and starts drawing on top of the pen drawing, inserting the ink into the skin.

“Most tattoos I do quickly, it takes me about 20 minutes at most, but the time depends on the size of the tattoo that I am doing.

I have many memorable tattoos but the one that stands out, was when a client wanted his whole arm covered with a tattoo.”

“I get a lot of support from the community. I see this in the number of clients that I get.

Another thing is that I am affordable and the quality of my stock is good.

I use specific needles and I use high quality ink.”

He charges from R100 and upwards.

A single letter costs R15 and other tattoos are dependent on size and the amount of shading the tattoo will require.

It takes three to four days for a tattoo to heal but it also depends on a client’s skin.

“I really enjoy what I am doing and I am also doing a lot of work with a friend in Johannesburg who is also a tattoo artist.

Apart from Mfuleni, I also have clients in Gugulethu and Parklands, who I travel to when they need tattoos done. There is a business that I am interested in doing where I will be taught how to do 3D tattoos, but I am still raising money for that

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