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Crisco BL

My name is Sabelo Crisco Dlamini better known as Crisco BL. I’m an illustrator based in Durban. I’ve been illustrating for about a year & unlike other digital illustrators, I use my phone instead of a laptop to create my paintings.
My art is based on Depression, Anxiety & Anti Self Harm. The reason as to why I base my illustrations around these things is because I don’t think they are spoken of as much as they should be nor are they taken seriously. My illustrations or a form of self-reflection, things that I’ve gone through myself. I feel that in doing this, people can relate to my art as much as I do. 
A lot of teenagers these days go through the above mentioned and don’t have the platform to talk about it or express it. I want to make art that makes people feel like they’re not alone and that there are ways to deal with their pain.
You’ve probably noticed that I use a lot of yellow as a background in all my art. Yellow is a colour that is associated with happiness. I use the c…

Junaid Isreal

Many people believe that beauty is only skin deep and this is exactly what I try to achieve every time I put a needle to skin. 

My name is Junaid Isreal, I’m a 25 year old tattoo artist residing in the beautiful mother city, I have been tattooing for about two and a half years now and owner of The Baroque tattoo studio located in the southern suburbs. My style of tattooing is manly script with many of my other work being custom designs drawn up specifically for each individual client.

My journey in tattoo industry didn’t begin as one would expect and even though my passion for art started at a young age it wasn’t up until I graduated at the university of the western cape with a degree in Medical bioscience, which is round about the same time I got my first tattoo, that I became captivated by the culture, beauty and history behind tattooing, also the immense meaning and story behind each tattoo, and that when my passion for art moved from pencil to ink.

I taught myself the ins and outs of tattooing, with a little bit of help from already established tattoo artists.  The journey was tough and it was only after a year that I actually started tattooing people, but in the end everything I had to endure was well worth it, just to see that my art brings happiness and in some cases closure into my client’s lives.

I aspire to be the best I can be allowing my art to speak for me, my dream would be to combine my love of tattooing with my medical background bettering the industry in a way that  sometime in the near future tattoos will literally last forever. Until then I’m just enjoying every minute of my life and what I do.

Too conclude. To whoever might be reading this I’ll leave you with this short quote. “Tattoos have a magic and power of their own, they decorate the body and enhance the soul”- Michelle Delio
Instagram - @junaidisreal

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