Sheldon is a professional tattoo and body modification artist. He started his apprenticeship when he was 18 years old at Little Shop of Horrors Tattoo and Piercing Studio in Johannesburg. He studied Fine Art at Witswatersrand University for 3 years and started tattooing and body piercing in 2015. Sheldon loves doing black and grey tattoos, stipple/dot work and fine line tattoos such as mandalas and script work. He excels at colour tattoos, particularly watercolour and bright, vibrant pieces. He loves being able to create unique designs and doing something different from the norm. Sheldon also loves piercing and anything to do with body modification. He is passionate in his craft and carries his enthusiasm through to everything he does. To see Sheldon’s work, check out his gallery at https://finelinetattoo.co.za/sheldon-shaw-tattoo-artist/
Cindy is a professional tattoo and piercing artist. She grew up in Bloemfontein and relocated to Durban when she was 16. Art was one of her favorite subjects at school and it plays a huge role in her life. After obtaining her degree in Media and Communication, Afrikaans and Nederlands, she realized her true passion is art. Cindy’s favourite styles are whip-shading, colour and watercolour pieces and opaques. “The art of creating unique designs from the time I get to meet with my clients to when I hand them their custom piece, once the tattoo is completed, is one of my most rewarding things. They say do what you love and love what you do and I am so grateful that I can do that.”
To see Cindy’s work, visit her portfolio at https://finelinetattoo.co.za/cindy-lategan/
Jazz has been tattooing for 18 years and specialises in black and grey realism but he is proficient in all styles. He has always been a lover of art and chose to take up tattooing to showcase his abilities. Jazz enjoys spending his free time with his family, children and friends and he loves spending time outdoors testing nature’s extremes. He loves rock climbing and nature trails. Jazz enjoys getting to know his clients and delivers unique pieces after a short consultation with them. He also specialises in cover ups and can turn your faded tattoo into a work of art.
To see Jazz’s portfolio, please go to https://finelinetattoo.co.za/artist-jazz-niemack/
Chris Read has been tattooing for two years and is a machine and hand-poke tattoo artist. He has always been passionate about art. When not tattooing Chris loves surfing and skating. He adores the ocean and the lifestyle that comes with it. Chris loves doing black-and-grey pieces as well as using his art skills to create stippled tattoos. You can check out Chris’s portfolios for both machine and hand-poked pieces here: https://finelinetattoo.co.za/machine-and-hand-poke-tattoo-artist/
Studio Manager – Nazmeera Sheik
Naz joined Fine Line as the Studio Manager at the beginning of 2020.
She holds a degree in Psychology (B.A Health Science and Social Services). Prior to working at Fine Line, Naz worked in the Education Faculty and in Real Estate (HR).
Naz has always been passionate about people and enjoys the vibey atmosphere in the Studio. Working at Fine Line affords her the opportunity to share in the excitement and delight of all clients. She is friendly, professional and welcoming to all who come to Fine Line and her love for people comes to the forefront.
Fine Line Owner – Etienne Louw
Etienne is a local businessman who has many years experience in the world of business. In early 2017 he had a dream of opening an upmarket tattoo and piercing studio in the heart of Durban North. Etienne has a deep love for body modification and his vision was made a reality with the help and mutual vision of his business partner, Wade (below), and body modification artist, Dylan van den Berg. Etienne’s business acumen and ethics have turned Fine Line into a studio that follows European safety standards and laws (given that South Africa has not yet regulated the Tattoo and Piercing industry). Etienne is also a body modification artist in his own right and can be found in the studio piercing clients every day. When not piercing, Etienne enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with his animals.
Fine Line Owner – Wade Latham
Wade Latham is a full-time, local businessman who has worked in real estate for many years. Wade and Etienne (above) worked together within the real estate industry and, together, they turned their dream into reality. In 2017 Fine Line was born. When not working, Wade enjoys spending time with his family.