“Different stories, different skin. Your stories, your skin.”
Rojan does not like to call himself a tattoo artist, but prefers the term tattooer. He believes it is a long way to become an artist and carry this out in the world. Still seeing himself on the path of learning and improving, Rojan gets inspired by literally everything, what is around him, catching it with his eyes and at the same time with his heart.
“Art is one of the most important thing, I believe, if you want to do tattoos. Actually, neither I have a background of arts nor I been to any art school. I tried a few times to study, but every time it did not work out for me.”
In Nepal, tattooing came in a professional way with proper machines to the space around 14 years ago, Rojan explains. Still, there is a lack of globally common equipment, but he sees the situation improving day by day. Rojan started being a part of the tattoo industry seven years ago and he remembers, that back then, nobody had the thought of it becoming so huge in his country. He believes it was only possible because of people like Mohan Gurung and John Ma, who established two conventions and brought artists from all over the globe. Starting his professional career with a backpack full of equipment in India and Nepal as a freelancer, Rojan, aka Nuts Ink came back five years later permanently to Kathmandu and worked in several studios.
Throughout, he has been experimenting with diverse styles like abstraction, fantasy, dots, color, black and grey. Before designing, Rojan loves to have a long conversation with the clients about their stories and reasons for the tattoo, so he can create the perfect match.
“These days, I see more like a race in the whole world tattoo community. I do not think anyone has to prove to others how good they are. I do not feel any competition with any of those tattoo artists, I have met or seen. They are all very good in my point of view. For me, I am competing too and I am surely in the race as well, but only with myself and only to prove myself to make my work better than the day before. I believe everyone wants to be the best, but for me, I just want to survive. Be inspired and make others inspire.”
Rojan’s studio, Tattoo Junction is a project committed to the tattoo culture and industry, not for showing off in the common competition. It shall provide an atmosphere for exchange between people from all walks of life, clients and artists at the same time. Rojan is sure, that this way will “take the culture to another level“.