I was drawing a lot when I was in National Service, and a friend suggested I try out tattooing. In 2011, I bought some cheap equipment, watched a lot of YouTube videos and did my first tattoo on a friend. That’s how I found out that I really wanted to be a tattoo artist. I did an apprenticeship at Vagabond Ink under Valerie Yang before setting up my own studio in 2014.
I do a lot of black work and try not to touch too much on colours. Most of my work revolves around dot work, geometry, and sketchy and etching designs. I see it as my style.
The intricacy of my designs comes from my childhood. My dad was an architect and he used to bring me around to project sites, where I spent my time looking at really detailed models.
I always ask clients for size, idea concept, reference images and placement of the tattoo. It saves a lot of time if clients already know what they want. I get requests for both large and small pieces, and my waiting list runs about two months.
Every new tattoo I do is my new favourite. But if I have to choose, it would be the four I’ve done for my wife. The most recent beach-and-mountain one is a combination of etching and dots. She waited four months for her turn so I had a lot of time to think about it, and I definitely put in extra effort for this piece.
Jared Asalli, #04-03 Bugis Cube, 470 North Bridge Rd.