Unique Works of Art

A tattoo is an extension of every artist soul here at Queen of Steel. Our beliefs is too realise our customers vision and take it to the next level. Tattoos should be unique works of art.

Tattoo Bios

Queen Of Steel | Monique La Grange

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 apprenticeship working and learning from one of Cape Town's greatest tattoo artist Rev Simon Wildfire White. She completed her apprenticeship at Wildfire and six years later Monique has taken the tattoo industry by storm and has built a remarkable name for herself. Fascinated by the idea of the tattoo as a mobile 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 individual designs that they can appreciate for years to come. Monique enjoys working in black and grey, but has a certain soft spot for traditional designs with bold elements and strong colour.

Queen Of Steel | Monique La Grange
Queen Of Steel | Monique La Grange
Queen Of Steel | Sam

Sam Knight (Guest Artist)

Sam has been in the tattoo industry since a very younger age. She grew up surrounded by tattoo artist and was lucky enough to start out at a family owned tattoo studio. Of course having tattoo artists in the family, the lifestyle and art of tattooing began to grow on her. She ended up dropping out of school to pursue her tattooing career. Sam started her apprenticeship at the age of 16 and has professionally been tattooing since 2017. When Sam first started tattooing she was focused on traditional style tattoos but found it hard to make them unique and personal, therefore realised that she wanted to express her own creativity and was naturally predisposed for a style that would allow more freedom and individual input: dot and line drawings.

Her favourite style of tattooing is whip shading, dotwork, black work, small tattoos floral and mandalas especially! She is happy to take on any projects that comes her way, whether it’s a 2 minute piece of script or a 2 hour thigh flower piece.

Tattoo Types

Queen Of Steel | Traditional Tattoos
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.

Queen Of Steel | Tribal Tattoos
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.

Queen Of Steel | Black and Grey Tattoos
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.

Queen Of Steel | Oriental Tattoos
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.

Health & Safety

We take piercing and tattooing very seriously and hygiene and safety is our top priority. ONLY single-use sterile needles are used. Needles are discarded immediately after use and disposed of through incineration by a recognised medical waste company, as per government regulations. All stainless-steel instruments that are used go through a strict cleaning routine. They are first ultrasonically soaked in a chemical sterilising bath and then finally placed into an autoclave. This destroys all bacteria and viruses (eg HIV, Hepatitis etc). The autoclave itself is tested regularly. We use either nitrile or latex gloves, all disposable consumables are disposed of into medical waste bins. All instruments are kept sterile in our ultra violet sterilisation cabinet. Everything that touches a client is either brand new and completely sterile or thoroughly sterilised.

All our piercing jewellery is sterilised in our top-of-the-line autoclave. Part of our piercing experience also includes detailed aftercare instructions so you will quickly and completely heal your new look.

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