Having a tattoo forever etched is not a childhood dream of mine as it was not always associated with something of value. As I grew up and perspectives begin to change, I entertained the idea that I will get inked one day, maybe.
But, thinking about how to get one can be overwhelming. What will be the design? Who will ink it? Am I sure? Is it safe? Will it hurt? Well, obviously. But how painful? What if, what if, what if, and more what ifs…
In one of our table topics, getting a tattoo became a conversation. A close friend of mine wanted to have one for her birthday. But as days, months, and years go by, the opportunity to get one is nowhere in actuality.
Finally, after some research, discovering 55 Tinta, and a lot of mental preparation, getting inked secured a schedule.
The design. It took me a while to decide on what could it possibly be as I do not want to hastily choose a design that I am not entirely convinced and most importantly, does not personally have meaning. I wanted it to symbolize a great part of what I truly believe in. After much reflection, I decided on amorevolezza for which I incorporated 2 stars and a heart.
Amorevolezza. Loosely translated to “loving kindness” from Italian. It is one of the triad in the educational system of Don Bosco. The 2 stars represent the other two of the triad – ragione (reason) and religione (religion), while the heart represents amorevolezza. Like the inadequate translation of amorevolezza to the English language, some things cannot be expressed in words and perfected in action. But, though impossible, a few great men and women have lived up to its history and definition. And it is my desire to live in/with amorevolezza. My journey with amorevolezza has shaped me to who I am now. Nowhere near perfect but it is my daily reminder as I go through the complexities of human interaction and relationships. It is my life guide. I often fail than succeed, but it keeps me grounded, going, grateful and hopeful.
Thank you, 55 Tinta for making this inked art fantasy a reality. Your extra care and accommodating presence made us feel at home in your shop that truly made this journey a memorable one. Special thanks to the concierge, Andoy, and to my artist, Kelvin “Kelogs” Magno.
Signing the waiver in every paragraph before the session reminded me of my Skydiving waiver signing too. It made me smile as both experiences are milestones in my life.
Address: 2/F Luisa Building 2, 107 Maginhawa St., UP Village, Quezon City
Operating hours: Tue – Sat 1PM to 10PM, Sun 1PM to 8PM
Price: Starts at 1,000 php
Inks: All artists have their own set of ink, but the shop has plenty of inks with a wide range of colors such as Kuro Sumi, Dynamic, Mom’s, Starbite, and Intenze Colors.
Sanitation: disposable needles, autoclave sterilization, UV sterilizer, disposable gloves, and tongue depressors
Accreditation: DOH certified
55 Tinta’s appeal is its artistic authenticity. It is the brainchild of Jay Contreras, Led Zeppelin Tuyay and Puto Astete and Paolo Bernaldo. If those names seem familiar, that’s because all four are icons in the Pinoy music scene. Contreras, Tuyay, and Astete are members of the band Kamikazee, while Bernardo (also the owner of nearby hotspot Tomato Kick) plays bass for Moonstar 88. Keeping 55 Tinta, spic and span, meanwhile, are Ron Riofrio and Emboy Falcon. Collectively, these artists envisioned a tattoo shop where customers can simply hang out and keep the vibe of Maginhawa Street alive. The tattoo artists at 55 Tinta are as illustrious as its celebrated owners, exuding a sense of creativity that seems to pulsate in the area. With seven artists under its roster, 55 Tinta boasts a wide range of style wherein every artist is given the chance to showcase their respective specialty. Despite the star power, 55 Tinta still holds the distinction of being one of the most affordable places to get inked.
55 Tinta’s information source above came from spot.ph.
© rooks 2018