Inspired by his long years tattooing countless human beings, William Yenas tried something new by customizing the design of his first car with a collection of some of his favorite tattoo designs.
William had been tattooing for over a decade, and it always has been a hobby for him to design and draw.
“Being a tattooist for more than a decade has motivated me to try something new; this time, it’s my car.”
William had the idea of customizing his car for a long time, but materials like spray cans took him some time to put into reality.
“The designs on my car are all my favorite tattoo designs. It’s a combination of different tattoo designs I used on my clients,” said William.
He was aiming to get the whole side done, but he changed his mind and did the tiny bit on the left side of his vehicle just for a starter to see if the idea was great.
This was William’s first time customizing a car design. The design’s idea, color coordination, and placement were from his creativity, and the outcome was great.
William started his design career by doing pencil sketching and painting back in 2011.
In 2012, he wanted to try something different, so he tried making screen painting for some time, but that did not stop William from exploring his talent, which lay in tattoos.
He starts with using homemade Tattoo machines and Uniball Pen to make tattoos for locals and charges not more than K50 for his work.
With the little income William earns from his homemade tattoo machines, he bought himself a tattoo machine with five needles and a 15ml bottle of ink(black) from a friend in 2016.
In mid-July 2017, William managed to travel from Chimbu to Port Moresby to start his tattoo business with clients from different provinces.
A month into the business, he secured a complete tattoo kit from a Tattoo supplier in POM.
In 2018, William bought a complete set of tattoo equipment and still worked hard to upgrade his skills in tattooing.
Not long ago, he received the client’s request and started to make tattoos from expatriates from other countries. William said most of his expat clients are from India and China.
Being passionate about tattooing, William bought two more tattoo kits with a new hip soundless tattoo gun.
William’s creativity has grown not in tattooing alone, but he went as far as painting billboards, printing names on vehicles, t-shirt prints, and more.
In 2019, he met his now wife, Melanie, and his heart’s desire to be her husband, but he also ramped up his tattoo business to the next level, engaging with a big Tattoo project (Session Tattoo).
As his career grew, his longtime dream was still yet to be done: buy his first car from his tattoo income.
He has a car that made tattooing a little easier to move around, bringing his services closer than ever, anytime and anywhere.
“I am still saving up to get myself a steady location in Port Moresby for my business,” said William.
He always wanted to do the customized design if he had a car; this was a dream come true for William.
He said after posting his work on social media, he saw many people love customized vehicles, and many of his followers have given charming comments about his cars.
William credits his mother and wife’s support and commitment throughout his journey.
With the comments received from his customized car on social media, William is looking forward to the next big challenge, which could be your vehicle.
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