Interview: Kolkata’s Only Female Tattoo Artist Tuhina Dutta (Sholoana Fashion Exclusive)

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She is just like the other girls of her age- Pretty, stylish and with a mind of her own. She differs from the other girls in two aspects- dares to chase her dreams against all odds and is the only female Tattoo artist in the city. Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent Priyanka Dutta in a candid chat with the tattoo artist got to know many aspects about the artist and her works. Excerpts ….


Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana-Tell us something about your background….

Tuhina Dutta- I studied Mass Communication from Institute of Mass Communication, Film and television Studies. My father is a doctor by profession while my mother is a housewife.


Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- When and how did you become interested in the art of tattoos?

Tuhina Dutta- When I was in college I saw some of my friends having tattoos on them so I wanted one too. But at that time it was too expensive and the number of tattoo artists in the city were limited. And then I noticed there was no female artist in the scene and I thought I should give it a try. It is then that I took the decision to explore the field myself and see for myself what is there in the art of tattooing that girls don’t pursue it.


Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- Who all supported and inspired you in taking up Tattooing as a career choice?

Tuhina Dutta- My mom is my inspiration. She has always been there, encouraging me and supporting me in whatever I want to  do.


Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- What is the scenario of tattoo art in Kolkata?

Tuhina Dutta- The tattoo scenario in Kolkata has changed a lot. People are embracing this art and exploring more genres of tattooing. They are slowly coming out of the cocoon that tattoos are bad.


Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana-You have opened your new tattoo parlor. What is the response from the customers?

Tuhina Dutta- The response of customers is awesome. People are coming and asking questions about tattoos and I am also getting the opportunity to tattoo first timers.


Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- Any particular thought or research that may have led you to open your parlor in Salt Lake?

Tuhina Dutta- The area is good for the studio and there are no studios around here so I thought of opening the tattoo studio here.


Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- You are the only female tattoo artist in the city. How does it feel to work in a male dominated profession?

Tuhina Dutta- It feels great. I feel happy that I have some great friends who are tattoo artists and they are so helpful.


Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana-Why do you think there are less female tattoo artists in the city?

Tuhina Dutta- Tattooing is a difficult profession and it is not easy. I guess parents think tattoo artists are always addicts and they do not have a civilized life. That is the reason why they do not allow their daughters to pursue this work.


Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana-How supportive has your family been regarding this choice of profession?

Tuhina Dutta- My mom has been the only person who supported me throughout with my decision of becoming a tattoo artist. Otherwise people have been always been against it especially my dad and he still is.


Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- What kind of tattoos do you specialize in?

Tuhina Dutta- I specialize in dot tattoos which is now trending in the tattoo art world.


Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- What is the cost of the tattoos at your studio?

Tuhina Dutta- The range starts from 1000 and then we charge as per the design and the size of the tattoo you want.


Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- If a customer wants to get a tattoo done at your studio, what should the person do?

Tuhina Dutta- One can mail me at or call up at 9038042981.


Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- Have you ever learnt the art from a professional?

Tuhina Dutta- Yes, and I am still learning. Tattooing is a learning process and I never want to stop learning.


Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana-There is a steady growth in the number of tattoo parlours in the city. How is your parlor different from the others?

Tuhina Dutta- Our studio is just not about tattoos but accessories and a lot more. We have a team of artists who have been in this field since many years. So we can assure you the best art through tattoos.


Prriyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- Have you been to any tattoo convention outside Kolkata? Please share your experience with us.

Tuhina Dutta- Yes, I have been to the Nepal tattoo convention and the experience was awesome. Interacting and seeing the work of such big artist in person was a great experience and it was a learning experience too. I had this feeling that senior tattoo artists will be rude but I was proved wrong as they were equally helpful.


Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

Tuhina Dutta- I want to do good work and want people to be proud of me.


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