Durga Guest Artist
Durga

For 10 years focusing on traditional hand-tapping tattooing (Borneo technique and Mentawai technique) and tattooing using modern tattoo machines.

Born and grew up in Jakarta, after completing his degree in Design Visual and Communication from Indonesian Art Institute (Institut Seni Indonesia) in Yogyakarta, Durga lived in Germany towards end of 1990’s up to mid 2000.  Besides working in graphic design industry, he also continued his study in Master in Historical Art in University of Passau but not finished and worked for several years in Berlin.

The ideas and thoughts to become a tattoo artist became a reality when he lived in Los Angeles, California.  While working as graphic designer and illustrator, he started to learn tattooing by him self through books and references.

Selected among a group of candidates, he was an apprentice under Sua Sulu’ape Freewind, a master in world’s renowned tribal tattoo and traditional hand tapping in his Black Wave Tattoo studio in Los Angeles.  This apprenticeship got him started as part of a team of hand tapping on Polynesian, Borneo and Native American.  At the same time, Seymour Kahiliaulani Kaniho – Lindsey, another world-renowned tattoo artist from Hawaii worked in Black Wave Tattoo, shared his knowledge, tips and tattoo technique.

When he returned from the US in mid 2008 then started his own tattoo studio in Jakarta from 2008 until beginning of 2014, works in Yogyakarta from 2014 to 2016 and now working mobile in indonesia and overseas.

Durga is a regular visitor in Siberut Island of Mentawai archipelago in light of Mentawai Tattoo Revival project – a non-commercial project realized independently to survive and revive the culture and tradition of Mentawai tribe tattoo from its disappearance.  Furthermore, the project also provides tattoo workshop directly in the middle of Mentawai.  Durga works and learns together with a number of Sikerei (a indigenous elder of Mentawai) and their communities in Siberut to further enhance the tattoo culture and tradition in Mentawai.  He would directly continue and complete the tattooing of Sikerei and their community members, to become Sipatiti (a traditional tattoo artist in Mentawai) and to introduce it throughout Indonesia and internationally.

Durga Tattoo supports the tattoo tradition of Dayak Borneo Kalimantan tribes independently or in collaboration with Dayak Youth Community in Jakarta, as well learning and introduce them to Indonesian community and globally.

References

Website: http://www.durgatattoo.com

Personal Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/durga.sipatiti

Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/durgatattoostudio

On youtube.com: http://www.youtube.com/user/durgatattoo

On flickr.com: http://www.flickr.com/photos/24513560@N03/sets

 

Contribution or Published on Books:

  • For 10 years focusing on traditional hand-tapping tattooing (Borneo technique and Mentawai technique) and tattooing using modern tattoo machines.

    Born and grew up in Jakarta, after completing degree in Design Visual and Communication from Indonesian Art Institute (Institut Seni Indonesia) in Yogyakarta, moved to lived in Germany towards beginning of 1999 up to end of 2004.

     

    The ideas and thoughts to become a tattoo artist became a reality when for two years lived in Los Angeles, California.  While working as graphic designer and illustrator, started to learn tattooing by him self through books and references at the same time.

     

    Had an apprentice under Sua Sulu’ape Freewind, a master in world’s renowned tribal tattoo and traditional ‘Hand-tapping’ in Black Wave Tattoo in Los Angeles.  This apprenticeship got him started as part of a team of ‘Hand-tapping’ on Polynesian, Borneo and Native American.

    Returned from the US in mid 2008, started own tattoo studio in Jakarta from 2008 until 2014, then in Yogyakarta from 2014 to 2016 and now live and work in Berlin, Germany as the base and constantly working mobile around Europe and Indonesia.

     

    Durga Tattoo is a regular visitor and stayed in the Siberut Island of Mentawai archipelago in light of Mentawai Tattoo Revival project – a non-commercial project realized independently to survive and revive the culture and tradition of Mentawai tribe tattoo from its disappearance.  Furthermore, the project also provides tattoo workshop directly in the middle of Mentawai.  Durga lives, works and learns together with a number of Sikerei (a indigenous elder of Mentawai) and their communities in Siberut to further enhance the tattoo culture and tradition in Mentawai.  He would directly continue and complete the tattooing of Sikerei and their community members, to become Sipatiti (a professional tattoo artist in Mentawai) and to introduce it throughout Indonesia and internationally.

    Durga Tattoo supports the tattoo tradition of Dayak Borneo Kalimantan tribes independently or in collaboration with Dayak Youth Community in Jakarta, as well learning and introduce them to Indonesian community and globally.

     

    References

    Website: http://www.durgatattoo.com

    Personal Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/durga.sipatiti

    Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/durgatattoostudio

    On youtube.com: http://www.youtube.com/user/durgatattoo

    On flickr.com: http://www.flickr.com/photos/24513560@N03/sets

     

    Contribution or Published on Books:

    • As one of the artist feature among 100 noteable worldwide tattoo artist in the book of  “The World Atlas of Tattoo” by Anna Felicity Friedman. Published by Yale University Press, New haven and London 2015.
    • As one of the artist feature among 75 worldwide tattoo artist in the book of  “Black Tattoo Art 2 - Modern Expression of the Tribal” by Marisa Kakoulas. Published by Edition Reuss GmbH - Germany 2013.
    • Durga’s tattoo works documentations and some photo documentations in the book of “Spiritual Skin: Magical Tattoos And Scarification” by Lars Krutak. Published by Edition Reuss GmbH - Germany 2012.
    • As one of the artist feature among 20 worldwide tattoo artist in the book of “Planet Ink - The Art and Studios of the World’s Top Tattoo Studio” by Dale Rio. Published by Voyageur Press – USA 2012.

     

    Commission Works:

     

    Contribution and Produce the Documentary Videos:

    • 1st short documentary video of “Mentawai Tattoo Revival” with it’s title “Mentawai Tattoo Revival” - 2009
    • 2nd short documentary video of “Mentawai Tattoo Revival” with it’s title “Kembali Merajah Mentawai” -2010

     

    International Press and Publications:

    • Reportage in Tätowiermagazin (Germany), issue November 2016. “Rock’n’Ink reloaded. Rock'n'Roll-Mucke und Tattoos in Chemnitz”. http://www.taetowiermagazin.de
    • Reportage in Tattoofest magazine (Poland), issue 106 February 2016. With the tittle: “Karolina Czaja in Indonesia” – about the 1st Traditional Tattoo Camp in Indonesia. http://www.en.magazine.tattoofest.pl/
    • Reportage in Savage tattoo magazine (US), issue 127 2014. “The next wave: Indonesian Tattoo Movement” - by Lars Krutak.
    • Reportage in Jetstar Asia magazine - inflight magazine (Singapore), issue November 2013. “Freeze Frame - Indonesian Inker - Making His Mark”. http://www.jetstarmag.com/asia
    • Reportage in Tattoo magazin - A Magyar Tetovalok magazinja (Hungary), issue#162 - October 2013. “Tribal - by Lars Krutak”. http://www.tattoomania.hu/tattoo-magazin
    • Reportage in Tattoo Planets magazine (Netherlands), issue# 81 - September 2013. “Indonesische Artiesten - Traditional Tribal Tattooing”. http://www.tattooplanet.nl/
    • Reportage on Durga in Rise Tattoo magazine (UK), issue #15 - September 2011. “The International Amsterdam Tattoo Convention”. http://www.risetattoomagazine.com
    • Reportage on Durga in Tätowiermagazin (Germany), issue August 2011. “Tattoo Convention Amsterdam”. http://www.taetowiermagazin.de
    • Reportage on Durga with five pages of article in Tätowiermagazin (Germany), issue April 2011. http://www.taetowiermagazin.de
    • Reportage on Durga for an article about Rites of Passage Tattoo Convention and Arts Festival in Melbourne by Skin Deep magazine (UK), issue#196 - March 2011. http://www.skindeep.co.uk
    • Reportage of interview with Durga in Skin Deep magazine (UK), issue#192 - December 2010. “Artist Interview”. http://www.skindeep.co.uk
    • Reportage on Durga in Nordic Tattoo magazine (Norway), issue#38 - October 2010. “Ireland’s Culture Festival”. http://www.tattoomagazine.no
    • Reportage on Durga in Total Tattoo magazine (UK), issue September 2010. “Traditional Tattoo and World Culture Festival”. http://www.totaltattoo.co.uk
    • Durga in video clip coverage of World Culture and Tattoo Festival in Cobh, Cork, Ireland - 10-11 July 2010. http://www.tattoo.tv
    • Reportage on Durga in Bizzare magazine (UK), issue September 2010. “Tattoo Special - Back To Basics - Meet the spiritual inkers on a mission to bring tattooing back to its origins”. http://www.bizarremag.com/
    • Reportage on Durga in Tatouage magazine (France), issue#76 - 2010. “Festival de Cobh”. http://www.tatouagemagazine.fr
    • Reportage on Durga in Inked Australia/NZ magazine (Australia), issue#3 - September 2010. “Hand-Tapping special”. http://www.inkedaustralia.com
    • Reportage on Durga in Tattoo Planets magazine (Netherlands), issue#51 - September 2010. “Durga Tattoo”. http://www.tattooplanet.nl/
    • Reportage on Durga in Bizzare magazine (UK), issue August 2010. “Your Body Art - reader tatts and body mods - Traditional Tattoo & World Culture Festival”. http://www.bizarremag.com/
    • Reportage on Durga in Tattoo Planets magazine (Netherlands), issue#50 - August 2010. “Tattoo Conventie Amsterdam”. http://www.tattooplanet.nl/
    • Reportage on Durga in Evening Echo newspaper (UK) - issue Tuesday, 13th July 2010
      “Artist leave their mark at traditional tattoo festival”.
      http://www.echo-news.co.uk/
    • Reportage on Durga in Needles and Sins Tattoo blogRedux of Traditional Tattoo & World Culture Fest, Ireland”. July 2010. http://www.needlesandsins.com/2010/07/redux-of-traditional-tattoo-world-culture-fest-ireland.html
    • Reportage on Durga Tattoo on the official video clip coverage of Sydney Tattoo & Body Art Expo 2010. http://www.tattooexpo.com.au/
    • Durga in video clip coverage of Sydney Tattoo & Body Art Expo 2010 by tattooink TV.  http://tattooink.tv/
    • Photo reportage about Durga in Freestyle Magazine (Australia) 03.12.2010. http://blog.freestylemagazine.com.au
    • Reportage on Durga in Australian Ink Magazine (Australia), first edition 2009, page 121. http://www.australianink.com.au
    • Tattoo Arte Magazine (Spain), 45th edition in 2008 - international tattoo and body modification magazine published in Spain, Europe - in both Spanish and English editions. http://www.tattooartemagazine.com

     

     

    Indonesian Press and Publications:

     

    Invited by International Museums:

    • Participate at "Tatoueurs Tatoués" - Tattoo exhibition at the Musée du quai Brandly from May 2014 to October 2015 in Paris, France.
    • Perform traditional hand-tapping tattooing for two weeks in October 2012 at Amsterdam Tattoo Museum in Amsterdam - The Netherlands.

     

    Participated International Events:

    • The 16th Eggenfelden Tattoo and Piercing Expo, 10th-11th September 2016, Rottgauhalle Gern in Eggenfelden, Germany. http://www.eaglespeed.de
    • Rock ‘N’ Ink Tattoo Convention, 2nd - 4th September 2016, Stadthalle Chemnitz, Germany. http://www.rocknink.de/
    • The 24th International Frankfurt Tattoo Convention, 22nd - 24th April 2016, Frankfurt Am Main, Germany. http://www.convention-frankfurt.de/
    • Organized the 1st Traditional Tattoo Camp, 5-6 December 2015 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
    • Participate at "Tatoueurs Tatoués" - Tattoo exhibition at the Musée du quai Brandly from May 2014 to October 2015 in Paris, France.
    • The 22nd International Frankfurt Tattoo Convention, 11-13 April 2014, Frankfurt Am Main, Germany. http://www.convention-frankfurt.de/
    • The 2nd Traditional Tattoo Expo, 28-30 June 2013, Damai Central, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.
    • Australian Tattoo Convention 2013, 3-5 May 2013, Perth Convention Centre in Perth, Australia.
    • The 8th International London Tattoo Convention, 28-30 September 2012, Tobacco Dock in London, UK. http://www.thelondontattooconvention.com
    • The International Amsterdam Tattoo Convention, 3-5th June 2011, RAI Convention Centre in Amsterdam, Netherlands. http://www.tattooconvention.nl
    • Rites of Passage Festival - Tattoo Art Music Festival, 28-30th January 2011, Royal Exhibition Centre in Melbourne, Australia. http://www.ritesofpassagefestival.com/
    • Ireland’s 1st Traditional tattoo & World Culture Festival. Marloque Inn, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland - 10-11th July 2010. http://www.originalskin.ie/festival/
    • The International Amsterdam Tattoo Convention, 4-6th June 2010, RAI Convention Centre in Amsterdam, Netherlands. http://www.tattooconvention.nl
    • 2nd Sydney Tattoo & Body Art Expo, 6-8th March 2010, Sydney Showground - Sydney Olympic Park, Australia. http://www.tattooexpo.com.au
    • 1st Sydney Tattoo & Body Art Expo, 6-8 February 2009, Sydney, Australia. http://www.tattooexpo.com.au
    • Pomona Body Art Expo, 4-6 January 2008, Pomona, California, USA.  With Black Wave Tattoo team of Los Angeles, California.

     

    Participated Indonesia Events:

    • Guest hand-tapping tattooist at “the Body Art Festival 2014 #4” - the 10th Anniversary of Indonesian Subculture, 30-31 Agustus 2014 in Magelang - Central Java.
    • One of the speakers for a public discussion of an art exhibition “Body Festival”, 20 July 2013 organized by Ruang Rupa Gallery in Jakarta.
    • Public screening & discussion of the documentary video “Kembali Merajah Mentawai” - “Mentawai Tattoo Revival 2”, 15 September 2012 organized by Magic Ink & DOK (Dapur Olah Kreatif) at Warung Tresni in Denpasar - Bali.
    • Borneo Festival - Celebrating the Earth Day, 19-22 June 2012, Gandaria City Mall – Jakarta. Organized by WWF (World Wildlife Fund). http://www.wwf.or.id
    • A Day with Dayak, 22 October 2011, Central Kalimantan Pavilion of Taman Mini Indonesia Indah - Jakarta.  Organized by Dayak Youth Community. http://www.dayakyouthcommunity.org
    • Pesta Seni dan Budaya Dayak se-Kalimantan IX (9th Dayak Art and Cultural Festival), 20-21 October 2011, at Taman Budaya - Yogyakarta. 
    • A Day with Dayak, 23 September 2011 at Usmar Ismail Hall-Gedung Pusat Perfilman Usmar Ismail - Jakarta.
    • Public screening & lecture of the documentary video of “Mentawai Tattoo Revival”, 20th August 2011 at C2O Library - Surabaya.
    • Bandung Body Art Festival 2010, BE Mall, Bandung - 18-19th December 2010.
    • Unique Body Art at Suku Suku Tatau, Legian - Bali - 26-28th November 2010.
    • Premiere Screening & Discussion of documentary video “Kembali Merajah Mentawai” - 24th November 2010. Blitz Megaplex, Grand Indonesia - Jakarta.
    • Screening and Discussion of documentary video “Mentawai Tattoo Revival”, 22nd May 2010 at Rumah Info Dandelion - Bandung
    • Screening and Discussion of documentary video “Mentawai Tattoo Revival”, 19th April 2010, together with Lecturers and students of Anthropology Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Andalas, Padang, West Sumatra.
    • Screening and Discussion of documentary video “Mentawai Tattoo Revival”, 9th April 2010, on an event of Cultural Table at the Cultural Documentation Centre HB Yassin, Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jakarta.
    • Screening and Discussion of documentary video “Mentawai Tattoo Revival”, 25th March 2010 at Residence of Dolorosa Sinaga, Garuda Jakarta.
    • A Night With Dayak, 13 - 14th December 2009, Goethe Haus, Goethe Institut, Jakarta, organized by DAYAK YOUTH COMMUNITY. http://www.dayakyouthcommunity.org
    • Pesta Seni dan Budaya Dayak VII se-Kalimantan (7th Dayak Art and Cultural Festival), 27-29 November 2009 at Purna Budaya - Yogyakarta. 
    • A Day with Dayak, 22nd November 2009, West Kalimantan Pavilion of Taman Mini Indonesia Indah - Jakarta.  Organized by Dayak Youth Community.  http://www.dayakyouthcommunity.org
    • Festival Kesenian Yogyakarta 2008 (Yogyakarta Art Festival), Fort Vredeburg, Yogyakarta.  A solidarity participation by running tattoo workshop in SURVIVE tattoo both.

     

    Coming International Event:

     

    Guest Tattooing in the past or coming future:

    • Original Sin Tattoo in Antwerp - Begium, November 2016
    • Yadi Tattoo Gallery in Leimen – Heidelberg - Germany, November 2016
    • Primitive Tattoo in Warsaw - Poland, October 2016
    • Kulit Keras Tattoo in The Hague - The Netherlands, October 2016
    • Divine Canvas Bespoke Tattooing in London - UK, September-October 2016
    • Tattoo und Ethnoshop in Villingen Schweningen - Germany, September 2016
    • Kayon Tattoo Atelier in Berlin - Germany, April 2016
    • Primitive Tattoo in Warsaw - Poland, March-April 2016
    • FabINKognito Tattoo in Lauffen Am Neckar - Germany, April-June 2014
    • Celtic Circle Tattoo Company in Kalamunda, Perth - Australia, April 2013
    • Original Sin Tattoo in Antwerp - Belgium, October 2012
    • Amsterdam Tattoo Museum in Amsterdam - The Netherlands, October 2012
    • Skin & Bone Tattoo Studio in Copenhagen - Denmark, July 2011
    • True Body Art Piercing & Tattoo Studio in Zurich - Switzerland, June 2011
    • Original Sin Tattoo Studio in Antwerp - Belgium, May 2011
    • Celtic Circle Tattoo Company in Kalamunda, Perth - Australia, February 2011
    • Monkey Tattoo in Kuching - Sarawak, September 2010
    • Suku Suku Tatau Tattoo Studio in Bali - Indonesia, November 2010

     

    The next coming National or International events and guest spot as guest tattoo artist in Indonesia or abroad will be updated on the website: http://www.durgatattoo.com

    For booking, idea, project offer, journey & event write to: info@durgatattoo.com

     

    Download Durga Tattoo Press Release - PDF file (updated: September 2016) in English version: http://docdro.id/GikM0rI