A Belgian artist who specialises in tattooing the roof of people’s mouths has shown off his unique artwork.
Indy Voet, who works at The Purple Sun tattoo parlour in Brussels, is well known for doing permanent tattoos in unconventional places – including on people’s fingers and behind their ears.
However his most unique skill is doing roof of the mouth tattoos which he has been designing for around five years.
He uses a technique called hand poking which involves using a tattoo gun where the needle is hand powered rather than electric.
Voet – who now has a huge portfolio – is a former body piercing artist with around ten years experience and says that the transition to doing tattoos in uncommon places felt ‘natural’.
‘I don’t really use anything other than a needle and some dexterity, combined with the trust of my client,’ Indy told Inked Magazine.
He added that using a tattoo machine would be too harsh on such a sensitive body part.
Voet also claims that 90 per cent of people describe these tattoos as being almost painless or at least, ‘very easy to handle’.
However around 10 per cent complain mostly about jaw muscle ache, from keeping their mouth wide open for long periods of time.
The Belgian artist says: ‘The healing is like any other mouth tattoo or piercing—don’t have anything too spicy, no strong liquor and be careful what you put in your mouth for a couple of days.
‘Other than that, the natural resources of the mouth do the rest.’
Tattoo parlours in Belgium were allowed to reopen on May 18 after being shut for months due to the coronavirus pandemic.