Today we introduce you to a talented young tattooist from Ankara. Melek Taştekin studied ceramics at Gazi University and immediately after devoted herself to realistic tattoo with stunning results, opening her own shop in the city in 2015.

In this interview she tells us about her background, her meteoric success, and her equipment – by Cheyenne – which allows her to produce extraordinary tattoos, impeccable work that is incredibly original. Let’s get to know her better…

Melek Taştekin, The Tattoo House, Ankara, Turkey

Hi Melek, would you like to introduce yourself to our readers?
I am 28 years old. I am Turkish and I live in Ankara. When I was studying in middle school I did an aptitude test with my guidance teacher and I went on to study painting at a Fine Arts High School. After high school I studied ceramics in Gazi University. I started to do tattooing just after I graduated from university in 2014 and I opened my studio in Ankara in 2015.

Melek Taştekin, The Tattoo House, Ankara, Turkey

Melek Taştekin, The Tattoo House, Ankara, Turkey

What happened between your graduation from Gazi University and your decision to be a tattoo artist?
I met my husband Efe just before I graduated from university. He is a true tattoo fan and while we were dating, he encouraged me to do tattoo. Moreover, when he noticed the detail in my drawings, he urged me to do realistic tattoos. He let me use his body for my very first tattooing experiments. I think I came to this point with the support of my husband, my friends and my own hard work.

Melek Taştekin, The Tattoo House, Ankara, Turkey

How did your background and studies (painting, sculpture, and ceramics) influence your style of tattooing?
When I was at university, there was an expression that I heard a lot: “sculptors and ceramists see through their hands”. Starting with high school I actively worked and trained myself in many fields of art. While my ceramics education increases my ability to see in 3D,…

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