Like everybody else, Bubus Yuhi Nkotanyi had goals and ambitions as a baby. He yearned to be the most effective IT specialists within the nation, which is why he opted for a course in IT.
Fortunately, proper after he graduated with a Bachelor’s diploma in Info Know-how on the College of Kigali in 2015, he received a job as a graphics designer with a neighborhood IT agency.
The 26-year-old was sure that nothing would stand in his means, contemplating he had the abilities and keenness for the job. Nevertheless, certainly one of his buddies reached out to him and suggested him to be extra inventive, and provoke a brand new enterprise in Rwanda.
“My pal suggested me to pursue a course in tattoo artwork contemplating I used to be already proficient in pencil artwork. Since he was a veteran within the enterprise in Uganda the place he was working, he was assured that I’d excel in it in Rwanda, and he was prepared to supply any help obligatory,” Nkotanyi says.
A few of Bubus Yuhi Nkotanyi’s designs, that embrace eyebrow tattoos . All photographs/ Courtesy
He positively responded to his pal’s counsel and left for Kenya in 2016 to pursue a tattoo course at Hans Tattoo Faculty and Parlour, Nakuru, the place he was educated about pores and skin biology, therapeutic greatest practices, and the right way to method purchasers concerning pores and skin points.
In keeping with Nkotanyi, tattooing is a novel form of artwork because the human pores and skin is the canvas, whereas the tattoo machine is the pencil. He was skilled the right way to use tattoo machines on the pores and skin, and the right way to break the machines down and reunite them, clear and correctly preserve them.
He grasped information in regards to the particular physique elements that shouldn’t be tattooed, as an example, the eyelids, armpits, non-public elements, and others, and to be cautious whereas doing the artwork by ensuring he doesn’t go deep with the needle in areas the place the veins that hook up with the mind cross.
The tattoo artist was additionally geared up with info on sanitation and security for tattooing, creative abilities, well being information, efficient communication with purchasers, and the right way to function a tattoo store.
Bubus Yuhi Nkotanyi
The course that took a yr left him amazed by how a lot he had realized in a brief interval. On returning residence, he was joined by his tattoo artist pal and collectively, they began a tattoo enterprise in 2017.
Nkotanyi says that they began working from a salon that had supplied them a small house. Although tattoo artwork was pretty new in Rwanda on the time, many Rwandans have been prepared to present it a shot.
In 2019, they relocated to CHIC LTD on the town as that they had gained extra purchasers, therefore, the necessity for a much bigger house and extra privateness.
“Whereas working with my pal, I used to be an worker. I used to be given a wage within the first two years however with time, he paid me a share based mostly on the variety of prospects I labored on. I longed to begin my very own enterprise,” he says.
Though he had put some financial savings apart, it wasn’t sufficient to allow him to entry the tools he wanted. He, due to this fact, received loans from family and friends.
This yr in January, he began his enterprise Thamani Tattoo, a Swahili phrase to imply valuable.
He kicked off with a capital of Rwf 4 million that he used to buy tools from China and America.
Coming from an already established store, he needed to make use of high quality merchandise, which is why he began with 90 per cent of the supplies.
He says that he constructed his shopper base from scratch, most of them attained by ‘phrase of mouth.’ He believes that efforts and high-quality providers appeal to purchasers, because it has labored for him.
To earn from the enterprise extra, Nkotanyi determined to concentrate on eyebrow tattoo artwork, it is because it takes a shorter time, and since it’s a development currently. He does momentary eyebrow tattoos to permit individuals to vary their form as tendencies evolve.
He explains that an eyebrow tattoo takes between an hour to 1 hour and a half. He has a make-up artist who shapes the eyebrow with a pencil to a shopper’s want or alternative, earlier than he begins the method.
“Earlier than the process, I put together my purchasers, I guarantee them that they may really feel some ache, although it’s bearable. I additionally make it some extent to inquire in the event that they don’t have any pores and skin ailments. If somebody is pregnant, I’ve to guarantee that they lie down comfortably on the mattress,” he says.
He provides that he prepares them mentally, by taking them by the process. To ensure the purchasers can belief the tools, he reveals all of them the tools he’s but to make use of, he permits them to open the needles themselves and wears new gloves of their presence.
The tattoo artist highlights that a few of the tools he makes use of are needles, machines, lights, and ink (dynamic and zupa ink) that are skilled tattoo pigment colors.
He says that eyebrow tattoos take about three to 4 days to heal, whereas different physique tattoos take a couple of week or two, relying on how effectively one follows directions.
Just a few issues to know after getting eyebrow tattoos is that one isn’t supposed to scrub the realm with sizzling water, don’t scrub it with a sponge, relatively clear it with wipes or simply water, he notes.
Nkotanyi warns in opposition to utilizing unskilled tattoo artists as they lack information in regards to the process, and also you danger buying ailments as a result of they could use the identical tools corresponding to needles and ink on totally different prospects.
A few of the challenges he encounters are costly supplies that may’t be accessed in Rwanda or Africa however are imported from the US or China.
He notes that tattoos are additionally nonetheless frowned upon in society, and the career is taken into account a joke.
The tattoo artist explains that tattoos are inventive and permit individuals to specific themselves, and symbolize their beliefs, love, historical past, and appreciation. Some individuals simply wish to maintain their recollections someplace and there’s no higher means to take action than inking them on pores and skin.
He has began providing tattoo classes to younger aspiring artists, female and male, as he desires to encourage ladies to even be part of the career.
Nkotanyi anticipates increasing his enterprise past Rwanda. He additionally affords everlasting tattoo removing providers. His costs vary from Rwf from Rwf 10,000 to Rwf 100,000 relying on the design.