Our top tattoo artist Oleksandr Minec, 'Al Minz' to the Fleming ;), will frequently return to our tattoo studio Inksane in 2023.
He has frequently been our guest since 2019, and we would like to introduce him a bit more in detail to you, so scroll on down!
Al does work in both color as black-and white, in his own picturesque realistique style.
Here you can see a portrait of two children on a thigh. A small portion of it served as a cover-up for an old tattoo (under the shirt of the boy, you can still see a bit from the previous version coming out at the bottom).
Done in 2 sessions.
This style simply is black and white with colored ink.
Instead of simply using black and water like in regular black and white tattoos Al uses grey (covering) colors. This is ideal for cover-ups. cover-ups, en wordt vaak gebruikt door de beste artiesten gespecialiseerd in portretten.
Wolves are always a popular subject for tattoos in realism. Still, Al always makes his own version of them. Here you can see his typical paint stripes as a detail in the background. This tattoo is on the upper arm, and was done in 1 go. The date in the "negative" (=there is no ink) has a personal meaning for the client.
THERE ARE SEVERAL GUEST SPOTS FIXED FOR AL MINZ SCATTERED THROUGHOUT 2023.
That means you can easily start a larger project with him, and spread your sessions over longer periods of time.
What our customers have to say
How does it work?
At Inksane, we have a range of artists who each specialize in their own style.
AL Minz is one of them: a realistic tattoo artist, guest in our tattoo studio. Al comes to Inksane Sint-Niklaas (near Antwerp), and Roeselare. He lives in Poland, but does not have his own tattoo shop there. Rather, he goes on tour between different European tattoo studios.
It is the job of our Inksane reception to match all the client's wishes to the best artist. When you send us an email, we deduce from your detail what genre you want and therefore which artist is best suited for your idea. Sometimes this requires us to email a few questions back and forth before we have enough info to select the right artists. Feel free to sum up your ideas, and if not clear enough we will still invite you to come by and discuss your tattoo(s). If you email us we normally reply within the first few days.
Make a tattoo appointment
If you already have a preference for a certain artist, e.g. Al, we will still double check to make sure said artist fits your project.
If not, we will make you a customized proposal. For example, if it appears from your mails that you especially want a fineline tattoo, or beautiful geometric figures, but this artist specializes only in realism tattoos (which doesn't include linework or geometry), then we're going to suggest you a linework specialist instead. Al doesn't place small tattoos either. But we have another suitable permanent artist for that too. Each of our tattoo artists is especially specialized in his own particular technique.
When fixing your appointment, we ask for a deposit. Such a deposit can be paid in cash or by bancontact (if you booked in the studio itself). Or digitally if you booked via email. Advance payments are retained if you cancel late or do not show up. If you cancel in time, you can reuse your advance later, or request it in the form of a gift certificate.
Choose an artist yourself
Given the fact that Al is a foreign guest artist, he is not permanently available with us.
When you make your appointment, he will most likely not be here in Belgium.
Je kan ons voorbeelden sturen van tatoeages die je graag ziet, maar dat hoeft niet. Idealiter zijn die voorbeelden tattoo’s van Al zelf.
Het beste wat je kan doen is in woorden uitleggen wat je wilt: bv. ‘ik wil het portret van mijn hond, in kleur, op mijn onderarm’. Als je nog niet alles weet geeft dat niet, we helpen je verder denken en redeneren door vragen te stellen. Dan gaat Al zelf zijn eigen ontwerpen maken met jouw aangeleverde foto
Your Al Minz design will show up on the day of your appointment. After all, there is always only one client booked in each day. We start at 11 a.m.
This allows plenty of time for possibly an additional conversation, or to modify your design (although that is usually not necessary).
If you insist on seeing your design in advance, e.g. a few days earlier, you most certainly can. It is also possible that Al may need to ask further questions during this meeting before he can finish the design.
An appointment like that takes +/- 30 min. This means that your tattoo appointment is not at the start of his guest spot (=period when he is with us in the shop), but rather in the middle or the end.
With each of our artists, the duration time and way of consulting in advance varies a bit. The way of working also depends a bit on the desired styles for your tattoo(s), applied inspiration, supplied photo, etc.
See the design
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Request price and date proposal (free):
Via this form you can tell us what tattoo project you have in mind.
We will give you more information if necessary and a price proposal.
When the idea doesn't seem to be ideal for Olga, but more ideal for another artist, we will tell you as well.
With the price proposal, you will also get one or more available dates.
You are free to decide if you want to fix a date or not.
This information is entirely free!
The free dates under here are always up to date and only an indication:
25-04-2023 - 30-04-2023
|Tue 25/4||Sat 29/4|
12-04-2023 - 24-04-2023
|Fri 14/4||Sat 15/4||Tue 18/4||Wed 19/4||Thu 20/4|
|Fri 21/4||Sat 22/4|
04-10-2023 - 17-10-2023
|Wed 4/10||Thu 5/10||Fri 6/10||Sat 7/10||Tue 10/10|
|Wed 11/10||Thu 12/10||Fri 13/10||Sat 14/10||Tue 17/10|
Al doesn't always tattoo, he likes drawing as wel.
Digital painting is done by him on his Wacom drawing tablet. Or simply by using a pencil on paper.
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One final thing
These 2 clients of Al are a couple, and had a photoshoot with their tattoos. Enjoy!
PS: Did you know that we have our own photographer? Who wishes to have a shoot like this as well, can always mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Where are you located?
The Inksane brand now stretches over 3 shops
Roeselare: Ardooisesteenweg 166, 8800 Roeselare – email@example.com
Sint-Niklaas: Casinostraat 39, 9100 Sint-Niklaas – firstname.lastname@example.org
Brussels: Drukpersstraat 3, 1000 Brussel – email@example.com
Some guest artists visit every shop, but not all of them.
Every studio has a separate schedule.
When are you guys open?
Alle studio’s zijn open van dinsdag tem zaterdag, telkens tussen 11.00 en 18.00 uur.
Appointments with guest artists can also take place on Sundays and Mondays
Do I send my examples to the artist or to the reception?
Onze reception verzorgt de bookings, organisatie en planning.
Often the high artistic qualities of our artists are accompanied by a lack of social and organizational skills 😉
That's not always the case though, but it's a handy guideline.
Are you open during holidays?
Meestal wel, maar neem voor alle zekerheid contact op met onze receptie!
My appointment is on a Sunday, is that correct?
Our reception is open from Tuesday until Saturday.
You can walk in without appointment, with all your questions.
Afspraken bij onze gastartiesten kunnen ook op een zondag, maandag of feestdag vallen, want zij werken 7/7 voor de korte periode dat ze hier maar zijn.
Can I come and check my design beforehand/will the design be forwarded to me?
A guest artist is a high level artist from another country coming to our shop for a short period of time (for example 3 weeks).
Naar je ontwerp komen kijken gebeurt altijd in onze studio. Wij sturen geen ontwerpen digitaal door.
Aangezien je gastartiest hier niet vooraf is, is komen kijken naar je ontwerp geen evidentie. Als je zeker je ontwerp vooraf wil zien, dan plannen we een afspraak van een kwartiertje op dag 1 in, en volgt je tattoo-afspraak op bijvoorbeeld dag 5.
We plannen 1 klant per gastartiest per dag. Op de dag van de afspraak heb je dus voldoende tijd om samen je ontwerp te bekijken en eventueel aan te passen.
Sommige artiesten verkiezen ook om het ontwerp nog af te werken wanneer ze je ontmoeten. Een aantal extra vragen of wat connectie kan het design persoonlijker maken.
Voor de tattoo-artiest is het dus efficiënter werken wanneer alles op dezelfde dag gebeurt.
Would you like to see the design beforehand? Be sure to let the reception know when booking your appointment.
Can I just get a design from you guys?
No, that is not an option.
Can I pay with card?
Je kan betalen met cash, Bancontact en Inksane kadobonnen.
Can I buy gift vouchers?
You can! Visit our shop online or buy one at the reception!
You can choose the amount you want to put on it yourself.
Gift vouchers are valid for 1 year (the appointment has to be made within 1 year, the tattoo can be placed afterwards).
During the pandemic we obviously don't pay attention to the expiration date. 😉
You can use this gift voucher for tattoos and piercings in all of our shops.
Do you have a price list?
Er is geen algemene prijslijst.
De ene tattoo-artist is de andere niet: elk heeft zijn eigen tarief, en zijn eigen wachttijd.
Some artists work with an hourly rate, others prefer a set price.
Our guest artists mostly have a day session price rate.
Als je ons een mailtje stuurt met welke tattoo je in gedachten hebt, dan kunnen we een prijsvoorstel doen.
Daarvoor moeten we weten wat je wil, in welke stijl, de grootte, in kleur of zwart-wit, en op welk lichaamsdeel.
Weet je niet goed hoe groot de tattoo moet zijn, of op welk lichaamsdeel die het best past? Geen nood, onze receptie begeleidt je graag!
Met deze informatie kan onze receptie een artiest voorstellen, en dus ook een prijs meegeven.
Alle advies krijg je met de glimlach en gratis en voor niets.
Can I come in the shop without an appointment?
Every Inksane shop has a reception ready to answer your questions. You don't need an appointment to come in.
If it seems necessary to have a chat with the artist, we'll check if that is possible. If not, we will book in a short appointment to discuss your idea with the artist.
What is the price range for a sleeve?
Dat hangt van verschillende factoren af:
- The style (and thus the fitting artist. Every artist has their own price).
- The size of your arm.
- The complexity (or simplicity) of the design.
- Color or black and grey.
- Your skin type: We only know this when we start tattooing. Some skin types take the ink easily, for other skin types it can take up to 3 times more time before the skin takes the ink well.
Een aantal ground rules:
- expect around 4 sessions with styles such as biomech subgenres, scripting and other classic allround.
- 5 to 7 sessions with black and grey photorealism.
- 9 sessions for full color realism.
Onze reception is getraind in het inschatten van het aantal sessies.
Als jij ons je idee mailt (of langskomt), dan gaan we de nodige vragen stellen. Daarna kunnen we je een voorstel doen voor één of meerdere artiesten, en een bijhorende prijs en wachttijd vermelden.
Is there a price difference between color and black and grey tattoos?
A day session with the same tattoo artist has the same price, whether it's color or black and grey.
An artist specialized in color is not more expensive than an artist specialized in black and grey.
Though black and grey tattoos go faster, so you will see more result after one day session.
Fun fact: our realism artists almost always prefer to do full-color 🙂
Do I need to pay a deposit?
Yes, when booking an appointment we ask to pay a deposit.
With a guest artist that's usually around 150 euro.
Als je via mail boekt, zal je een automatische mail met een betaalknop ontvangen.
Via deze knop kom je op onze voorschot-betaalpagina, en kun je online betalen.
Als je aan de reception inboekt, dan zal je ter plekke het voorschot moeten betalen. Dit kan cash, met Bancontact of een Inksane kadobon.
Can I bring someone to my appointment?
Je mag maximum 1 persoon meebrengen naar je afspraak.
If you are booked for a day session, we do not recommend you bring anyone along. It will be a long day for your partner.
What is the difference between regular artists and guest artists?
Regular artists are our Belgian (local) tattoo artists, that are in the shop every day.
Most of the time these artists are trained by us. They also speak (most of them) Dutch.
Guest artists, on the other hand, are highly skilled artists that we select from all over the world.
They almost never speak Dutch, but most of them can speak English.
A guest artist is only here for a limited period. For example 3 weeks.
95% of our guest artists return on a regular basis, so you can book in bigger projects with them and spread that over a longer time period.
What happens to my deposit if I can't make my appointment with a guest artist?
If you don't show up to your appointment, your deposit will be lost.
This is also the case when you cancel less than two business days before your appointment.
Guest artists are only here for a limited period of time, and their Inksane schedule is set quite some time before. They count on you.
That is why it's not possible to find a client last minute.
What happens to my deposit if I can't make my appointment with a resident artist?
When did you cancel?
- No show = deposit lost.
- Cancelling less than two business days before (business days = Tuesday until Saturday) = deposit lost.
- Cancelling more than two business days in advance (business days = Tuesday until Saturday) = deposit stays.
What if you cancelled on time?
- You can leave the deposit in our system until you book in again or you can receive it back as a gift voucher. The gift voucher doesn't mention a name so you can give it away as well.
- If you book in again immediately after moving the appointment, we will transfer your deposit.
- If you change from Inksane shop or Inksane artist, your deposit stays valid.
A deposit will never be returned in cash or bank transfer.
How long does one day session take?
This, again, is different for every artist, but here are some ground rules:
- The session starts at 11h.
- It will take approximately one hour to discuss the design, the anatomy, placing of the stencil, setting up the booth...
- After that, your tattoo artist will continue until your design is ready. This could be at 15.00h but this could also be at 18.00h.
- So don't plan your day in a way that you need to be home at a specific hour.
At what time your session is done, doesn't affect the price. Your price is a set rate and serves to make sure that the design is finished that day.
The skin of some clients takes the ink easily, which makes that we can finish faster, but it could also be the other way around.
Do you also do cover-ups?
Some of our artists do cover-ups, some do not.
If you want a cover-up, say this from the start.
Most artists can cover a small tattoo with a much bigger design. We have two cover-up specialists: if your old tattoo takes up your whole upper arm, your new tattoo cannot be much bigger. The specialist will discuss with you what is possible.
What do you need to know about a cover-up tattoo:
- A cover-up is always darker than your original tattoo.
- You cannot use light elements or styles to cover (for example a portrait or a rose).
- Give your artist as much freedom as possible. This way you will get the best result.
- Ideally you laser your old tattoo a couple of times. The tattoo doesn't need to be gone completely but if the tattoo is already a little bit lighter, a lot of new possibilities open up for your new design.
Are you looking for a good tattoo laser company? Ask our reception.
Is it possible to retouch a tattoo that was done by somebody else?
Yes, but we first need to see your old tattoo. Send us some clear photos if you want to book in via mail or even better, if you stop by the shop.
Our reception will propose some possible Inksane artists for you.
Can I swim/work out with a new tattoo?
If the tattoo is still fresh, it's important that your skin is not too moist.
Your skin will hold the ink less which results in that your tattoo will fade more.
Bathing, swimming, sauna, sweating, though work outs... they make your skin soft and moist. So we recommend you do not practice any of said activities before your tattoo is fully healed.
We recommend for 3 weeks not to work out/swim/take a bath or a sauna.
Can I walk in the sun with my new tattoo?
No sunbathing or tanning beds are discouraged. Not only after the first couple of weeks after your fresh tattoo but also after that: a tattoo is only fully healed after three months.
Moreover, a tattoo is based on contrast. The lightest part of your tattoo is your skin color. The darkest part is the blackest ink. If you sunbathe often, your skin will get darker, and so will the lightest part of your tattoo. This leaves you with less contrast, and makes your tattoo less 'readable'.
Finally, long exposure to the sun can break down the tattoo pigment. You should pay attention to that for the rest of your life.
Can I get a tattoo during the summer?
It doesn't matter really, as long as you don't expose the tattoo too much to the sun, and don't go swimming...
Getting your lower arm tattooed right before you leave for a holiday is not very wise.
Getting a tattoo during the winter/autumn/spring makes more sense but that shouldn't hold you back from getting one in the summer.
Can I get a tattoo when I'm pregnant?
There isn't a direct side effect between tattooing and a pregnancy but it's better to not take any risks during this period.
Enduring the pain of getting tattoed for a whole day also weakens your immune system a bit. You will be tired after such a session (pregnant or not 😉 ).
You want to avoid that, because you'll need as much energy as you can get a hold of in order to take care of your baby.
Can I go to you for piercings?
We have a webshop with high-end piercing jewelry. Make an appointment to get pierced.
This is possible in each of our three studios (Roeselare, Sint-Niklaas, Brussels).