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Redefining Inked Experiences With Arte Tattoo Studio

Here's what it's like to get inked at a tattoo studio where artistic expression thrives.

Arte Tattoo Studio, founded in 2013 by Kel Laquin (mr. inkvestor) and Charles Arteta, has become a unique and welcoming space in the world of tattooing. Initially operating from a small room in Charles' garage, the studio later moved to Poblacion Makati in 2019, establishing itself as a safe haven for those seeking to express themselves through vegan ink.


Setting themselves apart from the typically dark and masculine-themed studios, Arte Tattoo Studio created a cozy and inviting atmosphere to ensure their clients feel safe and comfortable during their tattoo experience. The studio aimed to challenge conventions and embrace a more inclusive approach to tattooing.


To know more about the Arte Tattoo Studio, Kel Laquin and Charles Arteta shed light on the studio's background, the uniqueness of their tattoos, and offer valuable advice for those planning to get their first tattoo. Additionally, they provide insights into proper care for fresh and healed tattoos.

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The uniqueness of an Arte tattoo goes beyond artistic expression; it encompasses the therapeutic process of tattooing itself. Kel Laquin believes that tattooing is a form of healing meditation. The pain experienced during the tattooing process serves as a reminder of our humanity, grounding us in the present moment and helping us let go of past troubles and future worries. Upon completion, looking at the tattoo in the mirror reveals a transformed version of ourselves, representing personal growth and the ability to overcome challenges.


Aside from the studio's focus on redefining inked experiences and expression, they also prioritize holistic customer experiences. Arte Tattoo Studio places great emphasis on training their artists not only in the technical and artistic aspects but also in customer care and building strong relationships with clients. This approach fosters a sense of trust and understanding between the artist and the individual seeking a tattoo, resulting in a more fulfilling and personalized tattooing experience.

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For individuals contemplating their first tattoo, Charles Arteta offers some valuable advice:


Firstly, it is crucial to carefully consider the design, ensuring that it holds personal significance and positively impacts daily life. Secondly, each person's pain tolerance may differ, so adequate preparation is necessary before getting inked. Lastly, Charles advises individuals to remember that getting a tattoo is a deeply personal decision and not to be swayed by the opinions of others. The tattoo is a reflection of the individual's identity and should resonate with them on a personal level.


Taking care of a fresh or healed tattoo is essential to ensure proper healing and longevity of the artwork. Arte Tattoo Studio provides a comprehensive guide for tattoo aftercare:


Firstly, it is advised to avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours after the tattoo session, as alcohol can thin the blood and hinder the early stages of healing. Sun exposure during the healing stage should be minimized, as it can lead to premature fading of the tattoo. It is crucial to cover the tattooed area for at least 2-3 weeks. Strenuous physical activities should be avoided during the initial healing period to prevent stretching of the skin and disruption of the scabbing process.


Maintaining gentle care of the tattoo is vital, and excessive scrubbing or irritation should be avoided. Sweating excessively can potentially penetrate and infect the tattoo, so it is advisable to keep the area clean and dry. Swimming is not recommended for at least 2-3 weeks, as it can cause fading, discoloration, and increase the risk of infection. The urge to scratch or pick at the tattoo should be resisted, as it can lead to damage and poor healing. Finally, the use of appropriate ointments and lotions, specifically researched for tattoo aftercare, can aid in the healing process by keeping the tattoo hydrated and moisturized.

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Arte Tattoo Studio has established itself as a place where artistic expression intertwines with the healing power of tattoos. With their focus on creating a safe and comfortable environment for clients, nurturing relationships, and providing comprehensive aftercare guidance, they have become a go-to destination for individuals seeking unique, meaningful, and well-cared-for tattoos.


As the tattoo industry continues to evolve, Arte Tattoo Studio stands at the forefront, celebrating individuality, personal growth, and the transformative nature of the tattooing experience.


Arte Tattoo Studio is located at 203 General Luna, Building Don Pedro, Makati, 1210 Metro Manila. Check them out on @artetattooph on Instagram.


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