20Aug
Guest Artist – Stefan Draak

Guest Artist – Stefan Draak

Stefan Draak wil be joining us here at True Blue, for a limited time in September. Originally from Pretoria, he is returning after honing his now amazing skills in Cape Town. Stefan is exceptionally good at Traditional, Neo-Traditional and Japanese tattoos, but excels at pretty much anything put before him. For your viewing pleasure, we […]

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25Jul
“WINE ME, DINE ME” – TRUE BLUE LIFESTYLE EXPERIENCE

“WINE ME, DINE ME” – TRUE BLUE LIFESTYLE EXPERIENCE

Chef, restaurateur, New York Times best-selling author and Emmy Award-winning host, Guy Fieri began his love affair with food at the age of 10, selling pretzels from a three-wheeled bicycle cart he built with his father called ‘The Awesome Pretzel’. Tipped to be one of Menlyn Maine´s star restaurant attractions, Guy Fieri’s Kitchen & Bar […]

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17Jul
“Looking Sharp” – True Blue Lifestyle Experience

“Looking Sharp” – True Blue Lifestyle Experience

True Blue is a tattoo and art studio located in the upmarket east of Pretoria. Steering clear of the salubrious back-alley character that many mainstream tattoo shops may have, its owners have spent years engraving a reputation that is synonymous with class, charm and distinction, not only in the tattoo community but also within the […]

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11Jul
“Riding Dirty” – True Blue Lifestyle Experience

“Riding Dirty” – True Blue Lifestyle Experience

As part of your True Blue Lifestyle Experience prize, you will have the chance to pick out a Harley at the Pretoria Harley-Davidson store and go for a breakfast run (all expenses paid) with the harley club. About Pretoria Harley-Davidson: We are a passionate Harley-Davidson dealership based in Pretoria. We offer a complete line of […]

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04Jul
True Blue Lifestyle Experience

True Blue Lifestyle Experience

This month, we would like to present you with the “Lifestyle Edition” of the True Blue – #OffTheNeedle Online Magazine. What do we mean? Well here at True Blue, we like to think that we offer more than the countries best tattoos. See, tattooing is more than art. It is a lifestyle of art and […]

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06Jun
True Blue Hoodies

True Blue Hoodies

There was time where Hoodies where mostly associated with criminals, hackers and people who hate doing laundry (or ‘rockers’ as most people would call them). If that is how you still think about a Hoodie you might want to take an online journey to understand how this piece of fashion has grown and shook off […]

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28May
Harley Davidson Blanket Run

Harley Davidson Blanket Run

Last weekend I was invited to a charity event for kids… the Harley Davidson Blanket Run. As an avid motorcycle enthusiast and Harley Davidson nut-bag, I have never done a bike run before. I’m not entirely sure of what I expected and oh man was I about to be flabbergasted. I was invited to join by […]

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11May
The Difference

The Difference

Fresh with the scent of Europe and all it’s hot couture and smugness that befalls it, I thought it as good a time as any to point out the differences we experienced in the tattoo culture abroad. After walking around for a day, we managed to reattach our jaws, plug back our eye sockets and […]

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18Apr
We Are Going To Germany

We Are Going To Germany

This month the best artists at True Blue Tattoo Studios will be going to Germany to join the 25th Frankfurt International Tattoo Convention. I went to the studio to have a chat with Louis, Meghan, John and Marcel who will all be getting on an airplane to Germany in a few days! This is what […]

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14Mar
Do you do cover ups?

Do you do cover ups?

We hear it almost every day, yet to some it doesn’t always sink in until it sank in… Every day our shop receives emails, phone calls and visits from enraged or embarrassed clients who ask the inevitable question:” Do you do cover ups bro?”. Some people don’t like their old tattoos so much anymore; some […]

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07Mar
Why do we do it?

Why do we do it?

The intentions for getting tattoos can be many, but they all have a communal connotation. A tattoo can mark a group identity like sailors, soldiers, inmates, gangs, motorcyclists and hipsters. It can memorialize a person or event. Sometimes they happen by pure peer pressure like a couple of twenty somethings on Saturday night getting drunk, […]

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28Feb
Ripping The Plaster

Ripping The Plaster

Dry healing vs. wrap healing your new tattoo: Which is right for you? Opinions are like assholes…everybody has one. When it comes to healing and aftercare of your tattoo, you’d better take the opinion of a professional. There are always alternatives though, here are a couple… 1. Remember your sort of mechanic friend, Frankie? He says […]

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25Feb
Give’em the Finger

Give’em the Finger

There has been an influx!! An irritating incursion of trendy little hipsters who has the world by their fingertips and now in their infinite wisdom, would like it permanently tattooed or their scrawny little digits too. Now, I’m not here to tell you that it’s wrong, and in no way is this an expression of […]

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14Feb
Good Idea, Bad Idea

Good Idea, Bad Idea

There are many reasons to cover an old tattoo. Your BFF slept with your boyfriend or vice versa, those three pitch black punk rock stars are no boring AF or you simply don’t believe that motivational life quote you got when you were sixteen. Some of the most common reasons out there are things like […]

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08Feb
Nine Pounds of Imagination

Nine Pounds of Imagination

The dominant Instagram post or Pinterest pin. We seem to have traded our imagination for easily accessible ideas or, should I rather say, trends. In the tattooing world, we have what is colloquially referred to as “Nine-Pounders.”  There are various varieties of these trending (but loathed) tattoos, ranging from a heartbeat to anything that disintegrates. […]

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03Feb
The Anxious Apprentice

The Anxious Apprentice

So your mom sticks all your drawings on the fridge and last week she even framed one for the living room. You are introduced to others as “that guy who can draw pretty good” and your homework book is filled with a stop frame Spiderman jumping to his death, and now you want to tattoo. […]

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19Oct
The Business Of Art

The Business Of Art

I find it strange how a brilliant artist can create a masterpiece out of a measly chunk of coal; shoved inside a lost little piece of driftwood, only to get his or her mom and a couple of friends to acknowledge the work and countless hours of sketching. It seems easier to get the approval of a thousand […]

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04Jun
What’s New at True Blue Tattoos

What’s New at True Blue Tattoos

And we eat, sleep and breathe tattoos. Therefor we thought it would be “fitting” for us to design some merchandise that would reflect just that. One thunderous night, I gathered up the artists, locked them in a room and fed them Red Bull. A week later we had eight killer designs for our new range […]

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21Mar
Take the red pill

Take the red pill

It’s a scary thought that your entire life hangs on a cable running to and from the interweb… I myself, imagine it somewhere deep in the earth’s core.

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23Feb
Tattoo Failures

Tattoo Failures

So if you have access to the net and social pages I’m almost certain you have seen some sort of tattoo failure compilation, which a set of images that portray terrible tattoos, either done badly, just plain absurd moronic images or just a tattoo that’s been put on the wrong place.

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23Feb
Religion and tattoos

Religion and tattoos

Religion and tattoos… Now not only is this been a hot topic for about as long as there has been tattooing & religion, but it also tends to turn almost any casual conversation between mates into a heated shouting match aching to a fist fight.

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23Feb
Think before you Ink!

Think before you Ink!

I don’t know about you, but I vividly remember having to write exams at school and on the title page of the questions sheet stood- “think before you ink.” This was obviously some smart-arse teaching thinking their unoriginal attempt at giving advice would help us pass, when in relative circles the answers to the questions would have been much appreciated.

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23Feb
Popular Tattoo Fads

Popular Tattoo Fads

Hands up, how many of you out there has a one of those Chinese symbol tattoos? Let’s be honest here. If however, you are not the proud owner of some form of ridiculous, yet highly philosophical, kinda mystical looking thing protruding from your

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