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Jakarta Post

From Bali to Berlin: The art of putting ink to skin

  • Katrin Figge

    Berlin, Germany

Berlin, Germany   /   Sat, September 19 2020   /  01:00 am
Take your pick: Tattoo artist Bhoman F. Jamhari has years of experience in all styles of tattooing, but specializes in Polynesian, Maori and traditional Indonesian motifs.(Courtesy of

Since he opened Kayon Tattoo Art Studio in 2014, Bhoman F. Jamhari made sure to get to know his neighbors. “Hospitality is everything,” he said while enjoying a cup of coffee and engaging in friendly chitchat with the people passing by his tattoo studio in Berlin-Kreuzberg, an area of the city well known for its diverse cultural life. “I think at least one person in every building on this street has been tattooed by me,” he laughs. “It’s important to be part of the community. When we organize get-togethers at Kayon, they are open to anyone.” Bhoman applies the same welcoming attitude to the artists who work in his tattoo studio: instead of looking for fame and glory for himself, he envisions Kayon as a place where artists can learn and inspire one another. After all, he explains, if it had not been for the support and help of others i...