Handpoked tattoos are the origin of contemporary tattoo culture. Contrary to the modern way of tattooing, a tattoo needle without machine power pierces through the first layer of skin and places the color pigments in the second layer of the skin, the so-called "leather skin". This procedure varies from the regular tattooing technique as far as its feeling is different and it doesn't affect the skin as much.


I work "only" with a tattoo needle because I am concerned with awareness since many years. Awareness in this context means to really see and feel the process of tattooing. My goal is to create a little oasis for consciousness, a rest area for the mind. No disturbing sounds, no electrically increased working power - that's what really matters to me while working. One should be able to really set into the experience, to feel taken care of in a sphere where whether time nor space matter. To recognize every dot sounds pretty painful to many people, but most of my customers assure me that the handpoked tattoo hurt them less than another one that was done by machine. 


Chi or Qi is a tibetan word and stands for the energy that lives in every person and every thing. Worldwide we can find various practices that work with this energy to balance inside and outside. This doesn't always mean physical or mental healing - energy work also assists in finding ones' own path and opens us up to other aspects of our selves and life. Based on my personal experience and education, I developed my own way of working with the Chi to rebalance the being at the center of the energy field. This knowledge is the base for my holistic tattoo rituals.


Tattoos accompany humanity since thousands of years - the Austrian ice man Ötzi was tattooed, alongside many priests and monarchs of ancient dynasties like the Egyptian, Celts and Maya. The devotees of Christ had the symbol of a fish tattooed to show their togetherness. Ever since I get tattoos and tattoo myself I am very fascinated by the roots of this art. There is not much information available, hence I dedicate a lot of my time to the research of it and especially the symbols that our worldwide ancestors were using for their tattoo art. These symbols contain secrets, multiple layers of wisdom that I want to discover, because symbolism, just as tattooing, is spread worldwide since the beginning of time, and most of the symbols look alike even if they come from different cultures that have never interacted with each other (according to history books). I call this the universal language of symbolism, since they do not communicate with our rational mind but rather our heart - they resonate with our intuitive self. Most people would be surprised how much an arrow can tell, and what the different symbolic meanings of a triangle are.


Of course you can bring me a design that you like and we can create something beautiful from it. But my focus lies on unique artwork - normally I create a new symbol for you by using ancient patterns and designs. To do so, you can let me know which properties you want your personal power symbol to have and I will show you matching symbols, from which we will create your very own one. We can also work with your birth dates' horoscope and the symbols related to it.


My studio is in Jona SG, Switzerland. Normally I create the tattoo design directly on the day of the appointment with you. An appointment takes around 2 - 6 hours, depending on the size and complexity of your tattoo design. I only work with one person per day - like this we really can take all the time we need and I can focus all of my days' energy on you and your tattoo ritual. Accompanying persons are - except for exceptional cases - not welcome.


My prices start at CHF 700.00 and increase from there depending on the size of the tattoo. I gladly give further financial information on request. If you have a certain budget, we can work with that of course. I take a down payment of CHF 300.00, which will be deducted from the final price – of course you do not lose your down payment in case of sickness if you check out 24 hours before and shift your appointment. Deposits will not be refunded. As soon as I have received your payment, I will confirm your fixed appointment. Please bring enough cash with you, as there is no ATM near-by and I don’t have an EC-Terminal.


If you are interested in booking an appointment, just use the contact formular below or send an e-mail to Tao@DadaChi.com and I will answer you as soon as possible. I look forward to hearing from you.


The currently available dates from September 2018 on are announced on request.

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