Tattoo artiest Al Minz
The right artist for your next tattoo

al Minz

Our stellar artist Oleksandr Minec, 'Al Minz' for the Flemish people among us ;), is coming back to Inksane Roeselare and Brussels for the 8th time in June and July 2022.

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.

 

Wolves have always been a popular subject for tattoos. Nevertheless Al still manages to create his own version of it. Here you can see his typical paint stripes in the background.
This tattoo was placed on the upper arm, and was done in 1 session.
The date in 'negative space' (=no ink on that spot, just skin) has a personal meaning for the client.

Immortalize your faithful four-legged friend while you still can

Dog portrait in color

This client came to Al Minz specifically to have his dog portrayed on his shoulder. This portrait was done in one day, which is normal for a pet portrait.

 

THERE ARE 3 GUEST SPOTS FOR AL MINZ AT THE MOMENT, SPREAD OVER 2022 (APRIL, JUNE AND SEPTEMBER). THAT MEANS THAT YOU CAN FEEL FREE TO START A BIGGER PROJECT, AND WORK ON IT SPREAD OUT OVER TIME. (PLANNING FOR AFTER SEPT STILL NEEDS TO BE MADE 🙂 )

Family and animal themes

Child's portrait

Half of the lower arm on the inside, 1 session

Portrait of fahter who passed away

This man was a crane man. His daughter had her late dad immortalized by AL. 2 sessions on the upper arm.

What our customers have to say

I am very satisfied with Al Minz. He's a very friendly and calm man. And obviously delivered beautiful work. True Artist. Real art.
"They assign you to the artist that is best suited for the style of the tattoo that you want. Good prices and very friendly staff."
“Amazing artists, spotlessly clean shop, friendly staff. Everybody was super sweet and helped translate forms and aftercare instructions into English for us.”

How does it work?

Sometimes a bit of a model

"Confession of a tea-drinker"

At Inksane, we have a range of artists who each specialize in their own style.
Al Minz is one of them.

It is the job of our Inksane reception to match every customer request with the best possible artist. When you send us an email, we'll figure out which style of tattoo you want and therefore which artist is best suited for your idea. Sometimes it might occur that we'll have to email a few questions back and forth in order to have enough info to select the right artists.

 
01

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 your initially preferred artist does not fit the project, we will make sure to hook you up with another artist. For example, if you mainly want line work, but the artist you initially chose is only really specialized in realism (which does not include line work), then we will propose a line work specialist instead.

 
02

Choose an artist yourself

Married!

With Xenia <3

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.

You can send us an example of what you like to see, but that is not required. It would be ideal if that are examples from works of Al himself.
The best thing you can do though, is explain in words what you want: e.g. 'I want the portrait of my dog, in color, on my forearm'. Al will then make his own design based on the picture you provided.

03

Tattoo idea

At the beach

In his free time Al likes to be outside, amongst nature.

You will get to see your design on the day of your appointment. There is always enough time to ask further questions, or to adjust your design.
There's always enough time to discuss about or quickly adapt your design.

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.

04

See the design

More examples of Al's work

Nature theme

Inside of the upper arm, part of a sleeve.

Result

Same sleeve as the previous one, but now the outside of the upper arm.

Wolf

This one is a classic. Combination of black and white with colors. 1session.

Border Collie

Pet of the client.
Inside of forearm, 1 session

Golden Retriever

Shoulder, 1 session

Entire sleeve

Japanese theme, done in realism.

Inside of that same sleeve

+- 6 sessions in total

Sleeve with animals

+- 6 sessions in total

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!

 
























Which Inksane location do you prefer?



The free dates under here are always up to date and only an indication:

Inksane Roeselare

Guest period Inksane Roeselare
2022-10-29 tot en met 2022-11-17
Available dates
04 nov09 nov 10 nov

Inksane Brussels

Gastenperiode Inksane Brussels
2022-09-10 tot en met 2022-09-24
Available dates
12 sept

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: tom@inksane.be

FAQ

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 Monays

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 😉
This is not always the case though, but it's a handy guideline.

Meestal wel, maar neem voor alle zekerheid contact op met onze receptie!

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.

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.

Do you want to see the design beforehand? Be sure to let the reception know when booking your appointment.

Je kan betalen met cash, Bancontact en Inksane kadobonnen.

You can! Visit our shop online or buy one at the reception!

Inksane Cadeaubon

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.

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 with 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.

For sure!

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.

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.

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 🙂

Yes, when booking an appointment we ask to pay a deposit.
With a guest artist that's mostly 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

No.

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.

For sure!
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).


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