My name is Philippe Bonamie, born in 1974. At age 21, my dad introduced me into the world of tattooing. He saw potential in my drawing skills and set up a meeting with a friend of his, one of the pioneers in Ghent, Miele. Who thought me how to make my own needles and work with tattoo devices. When I had a grasp of it, I did my first tattoo “sweatin’ bullets” on my dad. And Miele gave me the opportunity to work and learn at his shop in Antwerp. After a year though, I shifted my focus to my studies Social Practice.
But a move to Italy in 2003 brought me back to tattooing. At Franks Tattoo in Catania (Sicily) I went on learning as an “all rounder” and got faster by time. My love for oriental tattooing started here and I challenged myself by making my own versions of Japanese designs.
Three years later, back in Belgium, I started working at Wildcat in Antwerp. Where I found a better balance between flash and custom work and information talks. My confidence grew and I spent more time on drawing and larger projects. As Wildcat closed its doors in 2011, I found a new workplace at Kingpin in Bruges. In this period I also established a private (legal) studio at home, where I designed and placed customized tattoos. But the more my private studio grew, the more difficult it became to combine both jobs. I set my mind on my own tattoo shop and got a lot of support from friends and family.
September 2012, proudly I may say that my very own tattoo parlor “Inkglorious” will open its doors. I invite you to check my artwork here online and I hope to welcome you at my place for your tattoo. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Tattooing… All day, everyday!