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Skin FX is a private tattoo studio and gallery based in Hove, England, run by Meraki (Fade FX). The studio specialises in custom geometric, dotwork, mandala, repeat patterns and traditional hand tap tattooing. 

Meraki (aka Fade FX) is an internationally renowned tattoo artist who has tattooed all over the world. She is the only European tattoo artist trained in the ancient art of Iban hand tap tattooing which she learnt whilst living with the Iban tribe in the jungles of Borneo and West Sumatra. Her career has been the focus of multiple articles and features in the tattoo press including the magazines Skin Deep, Tattoo Master, Total Tattoo and Skin Shots. She has appeared on television and radio in the UK talking about tattooing and has been the subject of a short film by Emmy award winners Ember films.


Meraki's expeditions to Borneo to learn about hand tapped tattooing, formed the subject of a documentary she directed on tattoo anthropology in tribal cultures: The Point Of No Return. Her anthropological research earned her a spot lecturing at the New York Folk Art Society, and will form the basis for a new eight feature-length episode TV series on tattoo history, produced by award winning director Ben Cole. Her book documenting her travels, and delving deep into the origins of tattoo culture is due to be published next year. 

Tattooing can be be arranged by pre-booking as she likes to work with each client, one on one from the first consultation through to the final sitting. For this reason the studio does not accept any walk ins.

All designs, from geometric patters to mandala are completely bespoke and unique to each client. Fade enjoys the creative freedom designing the perfect tattoo brings but of course welcomes working with you to develop your design ideas and concepts. Fade has one simple goal to create the perfect tattoo for you, one you will love for a lifetime.

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