Established in 1990, and one of the first to open in Durban, Sin on Skin Tattoos & Piercings is a reputable tattoo and piercing studio located in Glenwood Village, Durban. Owner of Sin on Skin Tattoos & Piercing and resident artist, Jake has been on the tattooing scene for the last twenty years or so - since tattooing took off in South Africa. Doing his apprenticeship with famous South African artists Lucky and Kevin, Jake then continued to tattoo with Lucky at Sin on Skin for 17 years, becoming a talented tattoo artist in his own right.  During that time, the shop moved from its first premises in Point Road, to a shop near Musgrave Centre, before moving again to Glenwood Village where Sin on Skin has been for the last 3 years.

Sin on Skin guarantees professional, quality work, done in a hygienic and relaxed environment. The shop has loads of designs to choose from, and clients are also welcome to bring in something of their own. If you don’t know what you are looking for just pop into the shop and Jake will be glad to help you make a decision, and can also design your own completely original permanent ink. Stencilled or freehand, Jake is well rounded in all areas of tattooing and any style or design is welcome. You can make an appointment, or just walk in and have a chat with the friendly staff about ideas you have. For big pieces though, appointments are necessary.

He also is skilled at cover-ups and fixing work of questionable quality. First-rate workmanship and superior inks (imported from the USA and of ‘Miami Ink’ fame - Inks are ISO 9001 approved), as well as extensive consultation and advice, guarantee that customers come back for tattoos time and time again.

How risky is getting tattooed?

Tattooing is perfectly safe when done by a knowledgeable, trained, and professional tattooist. There are a few things you can check to insure that this is the case.   Look for the following... new needles, disposable gloves, barrier films, hard surface disinfectant, handwashing areas with antibacterial soap, and general cleanliness of the studio... Remember, it's your tattoo, your health, your life, and therefore YOUR responsibility.. Getting tattooed by someone who does not practice safe tattooing methods can get you sick.. Hepatitis, TB, Staph and fungal infections.. the list goes on and on... all are possible risks associated with improper sterilization and cross contamination prevention.... Ask to see an autoclave. An autoclave is an instrument that sterilizes instruments by exposing them to steam and pressure for a period of time (generally 250 deg, 15 psi, and 20 minutes at constant temperature and pressue). Instruments should be individually packaged with a new, sterilized set-up being used for every customer.

What can I expect to pay?

Tattoo pricing has much to do with the type of work your getting. Generally, small tattoos are priced up front, based on the amount of work the design will take to complete. Large-scale custom work is usually priced by the hour, and this is negotiated with your artist . This is often a much better way to go, because you get much more for your money this way. Prescription Medications and Getting Tattooed First, we recommend speaking to your doctor before getting tattooed if you are taking any medications. Use some common sense here, if you are on blood pressure meds, or are at risk for such things associated with heart problems, talk to your doctor. From our experience, it is also not a good idea to get tattooed while taking oral antibiotics, due to the anti-biotics working overtime trying to expel any foreign bodies that are introduced.

How much does it hurt?

The answer is different for everyone, but it's never as bad as people expect... not with a good tattooist. The sensation is similar to a cat scratch, and the tattoo feels kind of bruised and burns for a few days afterward. It generally hurts most in the first 15-20 minutes, then you get used to it. Honestly, the more you relax, the easier it is. It's just a tattoo. Can I bring my own design? We can work from any reference you bring us, or that we have on hand at the shop. The internet, library, greeting cards, t-shirts, fabric and wallpaper patterns are all good places to look. Or give us a sketch (no matter how sketchy), talk to us about size, area, style, budget, and turn us loose. Good artists put alot of effort into developing their styles and we all prefer to "do our own thing". The most important thing is that you get what you want. You're gonna have to wear it.

Address: 24A Glenwood Village
Moore Road

Tel Number : (031) 202 9366
Cell Number : 083 7000 459
Email Address :
Facebook Group : Sin on Skin

Business Hours:
Mon – Fri (09h00 – 16h00)
Sat (08h30 – 15h00)
Sunday Closed