Everybody asks me the story of the red dot quite a lot. Actually, it has a special meaning for me. Hence I will give you some boring personal details about myself. My story as a designer started when I was studying German Philology at Hacettepe University. I was already working as a graphic designer back then to support myself. I was expecting to be happy doing what I like, but after my graduation, I realized my life is not going in the direction that I wanted. I have tried many jobs. I worked as a window-dresser, purchase manager, trade specialist, and who knows what else. The more I tried, the more miserable I became. I was pretty sure about that; it's impossible to be happy at work and doing what you like at the same time in this corporate world. I was underpaid and unhappy for years until it was making me sick to think about going to work, waking up every day unhappy. I got fed up at the end and decided to quit my job.

I started to draw at that time to feel good and after a while, I thought “I should turn these drawing ideas into tattoo designs. They'd look good on the skin!” I gave it a try at home and I figured that being a tattoo artist is the job I want for all of my life.

Learning period was painful for me because I didn't know any tattoo artists. Since I couldn't get any help or tips, this period took longer than it was supposed to and it passed by trial and error but after few months I have already started tattooing people whom I didn't know.

Suddenly I was out of that soul-crushing work routine and I was so happy to do what I like. I wanted to reflect this on my tattoo ideas and I honored this change with the red dot. I like black tattoos and I didn't want to involve colors that's why a bright red dot was the best choice to catch a contrast with unique tattoos done in black. It also created a contradiction to burdensome times in my past and It was to symbolize hope and courage. My customers like the idea of the red dot and they started to give meanings to their own dots. It was health for one, happiness for another, a lost relative, a planet, or just a sinking sun. Two years have been passed since my first body art commission. During this time I tattooed hundreds of people from all around the world. I listened to their stories. I have become part of their lives and I helped them to carry their stories on their bodies with cool tattoos.

I work at our own studio with my friends that I got a lot of help and information after a lone tattooing adventure.

Now I work with people that I admire side by side and I do what I like to do. Therefore, I hope this post helps people who need a change in their life and think it's too late to catch their dreams.

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Kati
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My fave!

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Fillippa Nöel
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Striking!

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Morphingpot
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4 years ago

Lovely!

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Mark Robertson-Baker
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4 years ago

I LOVE this!

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GalaxyInAJar
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4 years ago

This one is stunning, wish I could upvote more...

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Esmeralda Esmeralda
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4 years ago

This one is very feminine

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Nelson Anna Reynolds
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Adorable.

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Felicia Dale
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Oh- that's my favorite! <3

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Lisa-Marie Dhondt
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4 years ago

You are wonderfully talented, these are amongst the nicest works I have ever seen. You are définitly meant to do this!

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Felicia Dale
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So beautiful...

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Nahla O'Rourke
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4 years ago

My favourite by far!

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makenzie stephenson
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Would look cool standing in ankle deep water!

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Joy Grootfaam
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Tree of life?

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Robert Neville
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Fantastic work , great piece of artwork & ink work !! Unisex & nature & above included .

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Nancy A Clark
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Love this one!

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Laura Zaini
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aaawww

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Pat
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Blowin in the wind.

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Laura Zaini
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I adore lighthouses,it's very cute

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Petunia Nuezic
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Stunning

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Nancy A Clark
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Beautiful!!

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