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Queen of Steel | Tattoos

Each of our tattoos is a unique, individual piece of artwork! We pride ourselves on surreal and beautiful design that go beyond conceptualisation. Visit our Instagram account to have a look at some of our artwork of view some of our artwork by clicking here. Stand out!

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Tattoo Artist Bio | Elizabeth Ferguson

With a degree in fine art and a history in graphic design, Elizabeth Ferguson has been working in the Tattoo and Piercing industry for 12 years. She completed her piercing apprenticeship at Wildfire Piercing in 2007 and later started her Tattoo career at Wildfire Tattoos in 2009.

Elizabeth has always been fascinated by the idea of the tattoo as a mobile and accessible art form, both for the wearer and the viewer, and with the skills she has collected and practiced over the years, she really enjoys working with clients to create unique and individual designs that they can appreciate for years to come. Elizabeth mainly enjoys working in black and grey, but has a certain soft spot for traditional designs with their bold elements and strong colour.

Guest Artist Bio | Monique La Grange

Monique was studying photography at the age of 19 when she got her very first tattoo. She fell in love with the atmosphere surrounding the tattoo industry, the people, the art and the culture. It was then that she decided she needed to be a tattoo artist. After managing a tattoo shop for three years, she knew she was heading in the right direction, all that was left was hard work and determination to get her where she wanted to be.

Monique started her tattoo apprenticeship working and learning from one of Cape Town's greatest tattoo artist Rev Simon Wildfire White. Six years later Monique is now a junior artist.

Hand Poke Tattoo Artist Bio | Margot

Margot discovered her love for drawing and painting at a very early age. It has been a very large part of her life ever since. After receiving her diploma in graphic design, she freelanced in various areas of art and design before working as manager at The Deckle Edge in Constantia. While working there, she gained a wealth of knowledge with regards to art materials and techniques.

Having always been fascinated with body modification, her dream has always been to be able to see her creativity come to life and was given the opportunity to become a tattoo apprentice after 2 years of working front of house at Queen of Steel. Her favourite medium has always been ink , especially fine, detailed designs. Margot will be specialising in hand poke tattoos under the guidance of Elizabeth Ferguson.

Tattoos Styles & Art


Traditional Tattoos

The term 'traditional' means different things to different people, but in the world of ink, it’s usually used to refer to art that’s inspired by the naval tattoos that were popular at the turn of the 19th Century.

Drawing on the sea-faring roots of American and British sailors, these tattoos are often bold, striking and very vivid. They can be predominantly black with a few high-contrast colours thrown in to enhance the image, or extremely colourful depending on your preferences. Anything from anchors, daggers, playing cars, ships & busty naked women falls under this popular category.


Tribal Tattoos

A timeless style that draws on some of the oldest art known to man , tribal tattoos are usually geometric patters or designs inked using primary colours or bold shades.

They don’t all conform to a certain specific style though. In fact, tribal tattoos can be anything from a simple, small design on your wrist to a remarkably complicated back piece that features specific shapes and patterns that are designed to convey a very specific meaning.


Black & Grey Tattoos

Black and grey tattoos aren’t just about colour (or the lack thereof). In fact, they’re a very refined type of artwork that requires a great amount of skill to pull off properly.

Being able to create texture and depth in an image, with shading and intricate designs is no easy feat after all, which is why it’s so important to do your research properly, and find a real professional before you start booking a sitting.


Oriental Tattoos

Oriental tattoos evolved in Japan, as a key component of the Yakuza’s thriving criminal subculture, and as a way of rebelling against the Japanese government’s ban on body art.

Like many of the other styles that we’ve touched on here, oriental tattoos can be incredibly varied, and can range from small neckpieces to massive full bodied pieces that make full use o the bold colours and striking designs that are now synonymous with eastern tattooing.

Tattoo Aftercare

After Cleaning Procedure For Tattoos

  1. Always wash your hands before touching your tattoo!
  2. Remove the dressing within 4-6 hours after getting your tattoo.
  3. Using only the palm of your hand and no rough cloths or sponges, wash your tattoo well with a mild unscented soap.
  4. Gently pat your tattoo dry with a clean cloth or paper towel. Do not rub, or use a fabric with a rough surface,
  5. Leave your tattoo open for at least half an hour before rewrapping it again with cling wrap.
  6. Repeat this process, morning and night for 3 days. On the 4th day do not rewrap your tattoo.
  7. With clean hands, rub a small amount of tattoo aftercare ointment on your tattoo. Do not use Vaseline or Zam-buk.
  8. Make sure to rub the ointment in so that it is not shiny, or greasy– you want the thinnest amount possible.
  9. After the 3rd or 4th day your tattoo will begin to peel. This is normal! Do not pick at the skin.
  10. Use the cream for a minimum 2 weeks, once or twice a day, as needed.
  11. Wear clean, soft clothing over your tattoo for the first 2 weeks– nothing abrasive or irritating.
  12. Do not pick, scratch, peel, slap, rub or irritate your tattoo. You may shower, but you may not bath or soak your tattoo for 2 weeks. No swimming, or saunas.
  13. Do not expose your tattoo to direct sunlight for at least 6 weeks, after that you must use sun block.
  14. Do not wear abrasive materials or jewelry, that rubs against your tattoo while it is healing.
  15. Do not let anyone touch your tattoo, unless they wash their hands.
  16. Stay away from any type of contact sport or exercise that will stretch the skin of your new tattoo while it is healing.
If you have any questions about your tattoo or the healing process, please call or e-mail the shop.

Queen of Steel | Tattoo Pricing

Each of our tattoos is a unique, individual piece of artwork. This means it's often difficult to provide a price with any certainty until we have fully discussed your ideas. Once we've had a discussion about your design we will provide a final price range for your tattoo.

Queen of Steel follows a strict sterilization routine which goes beyond the requirements of the Province of the Western Cape Provincial Gazette bylaws on tattooing and body piercing. Our clients safety is our first priority...

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