another cover up story

Hello! as you may have noticed, this blog is a bit late in updates. We’re currently working on our official website and moving our blog toΒΒ to get connected easier with the admins ID. But we noticed that our blog stats in wordpress is also quite high, so we think there’s nothing wrong to keep both blogs updated πŸ™‚

Anyway, this is another cover up work done by Dimas Praja in July. The client himself is one of our coming-back clients, especially in covering up, lol. Well, he got his first tattoo touched up by Dimas, too. Since then he showed up few times to get more works done, but he always choose the design few hours before he showed up at CarpeDiem TattooStudio. We have carefully told him something we all should know about tattoos – that it lasts forever – and he has to choose carefully, both the design and the tattooist. He worked well in some sittings with Dimas, but apparently his ‘primal urge’ to get tattooed every time he see something cool to get inked is stronger than what he should remember about being a bit picky.

The client spent his summer holiday back in his hometown and came over a ‘reputable’ tattoo shop in town. This time, he got a pair of…broken wings.

the wings were asymmetrical, with faded-everything: faded lines, faded shadings.

The client’s girlfriend said that he can’t asleep for almost three days after the tattoo healed, then decided to fly straight back to Jogjakarta to pay us a visit. The picture above shown Dimas’ sketch effort to fix the tattoo.

Then there it went, this was done in July. He then added another collection around August:

Around October, he showed up again with his brother – this time, it’s his brother who wants to get tattooed. But he also sported his half-sleeve which he ‘regret’, now it’s a half-sleeve done in dark grey and black, so there’s nothing can be done about that. hmm… don’t we all should learn something from this kind of thing? πŸ™‚


“Darah Juang” tattoo

"Darah Juang" tattoo


This tattoo were made a year ago, but its meaning is memorable (and that’s why it’s worthy to get a tattoo of this). It’s a lyric of “Darah Juang”, a hymn composed by John Tobing, and written byΒ Dadang Juliantara and Budiman Sujatmiko. The hymn is a reflection of the social condition in Indonesia at the time (in the New Order era, which might prolongs until today). The song was first sang in The 1st FKMY Congress in 1991, and until today, most Indonesian activists know this song well and it’s a hymn on every social demonstration/protest occasion; expressing the spirit of social-awareness in Indonesia.


more info about this song here.



The Lion of Judah tattoo

One day on June, we got Mr Marthin, Β a guest from Jakarta, who already booked the slot to be tattooed by Dimas Praja a week before he came to Jogjakarta. He wanted a red lion, inside his ‘torn’ flesh. He also mentioned some letterings to be added, but hadn’t send the design until the day. It was Hebrew lettering, completed the Lion of Judah.


The Lion of Judah, done by Dimas Praja on Marthin Lumingkewas


The Hebrew lettering below the lion isΒ “yehochanan”, which means god’s grace or god’s favor (god’s supplication)

After this was finished on his right arm, he wanted to add another lettering on his left arm as a pair for “yehochanan”. The other one is in Latin.


Semper Fidelis, the Latin for "Always Faithful", often shortened to 'Semper Fi'



Festival Tattoo Istimewa 2011 Yogyakarta

The tattoo fest was on July 1-2, 2011, in Jogja National Museum, Yogyakarta. There were 35 Tattoo Booth, 65 Tattoo Artists on Tattoo War from all over Indonesia… It was two shiny days with soo much skin in colors! Here are some pics from the event πŸ™‚

CarpeDiem TattooStudio's official t-shirt...its for sale, n more details are coming soon! πŸ™‚

stroberiHITAM was there too! πŸ™‚ check her stuff at her etsy shop!

this is our booth on Venue you know what's read on the front banner?

it reads 'Beer Here!' but absolutely, not for under-ages! πŸ™‚

Haba symbol tattoo, done by Lois. On the first day, Lois joined the pack who tattooed 'Haba' (the symbol of Jogjakarta palace) for free to 10 people. Lois tattooed Joanna, a member of Gadjah Mada University's marching band.

Lois and Joan πŸ™‚

On the second day, Dimas Praja joined the tattoo war in color category. He tattooed a Javanese dragon head on Rori's right chest

Sadly the tattooing must done under the hot sun T_T

the dragon head by Dimas Praja, done in 4hours

the beautiful afternoon. On the right are Ari and Jophine, our friends from Jakarta..and on the far left is Widiana Widie. Widie just got a nice big-piece from Dimas Praja, we will tell a story about the project after this post πŸ™‚

Too much things happened at the festival. Sure thing is, we meet old and new friends, all skins beautified with ink! You can see more pictures on our facebook fan page here. Thanks! πŸ™‚

are you ready for the Festival(s)?

According to the previous post, we believe that you are already aware that Dimas Praja is now back in town, Jogjakarta πŸ™‚ After leaving Jogjakarta for two months, his appointment schedule gets pretty crazy. He is now also doing his personal projects to develop his Indonesian tattoo-style, and more projects too for the upcoming tattoo events.

There will be three tattoo events before Ramadan, and the nearest date is July 1-2, Festival Tattoo Istimewa 2011 Yogyakarta. Everyone seems wanting to have new tattoos to be shown off at the event, so now both Dimas and Lois is pretty busy with appointments and walk-ins; while also designing some merchandise too! Yeah, we will have T-shirts and some sketchbooks in the shop πŸ™‚

CarpeDiem TattooStudio will be on booth 2, Venue B; joining with stroberiHITAM and her freaky friends πŸ˜‰

we'll be at booth 2, Venue B

On Day 1 (July 1, 2011), Lois will be participating in Keraton logo tattoo performance with 9 other tattooists; while on Day 2 (July 2, 2011) Dimas will join the tattoo war in color category with 35 other tattooists (!!). The tattoo studio vendors are coming from various cities in Indonesia, so it will be a crowded weekend! Anyone who interested in joining the tattoo contest on the 2nd day is able to register your name at our studio in Jl Janti Baru no 18, Jogjakarta. The fee is IDR 25.000 for one tattoo and person; and this includes one day entry ticket for the event. Call or text us in +62274-9198282 for further info. The tattoo contest is open for anyone with any citizenship πŸ™‚ See ya around!

a tribal Jesus and a cover up

One day, this guy, Adip came to CarpeDiem TattooStudio to get a tribal Jesus tattoo on his left arm, with a “Luke 19:10” lettering. At first we consider to put the verse too but he decided only to put the “Luke 19:10”.Β Β  This tattoo was done by Lois.

Luke 19:10 ("...For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”), done by Lois

After this tattoo was finished, he showed his other tattoo on his right arm. It’s a cross with a kinda bad 3D perspective and he wanted it covered up. Dimas then did the sketch to start the cover-up, turning it into a black lotus with skull.

the cross which wanted to be covered up, and the preliminary sketch by Dimas Praja

the final result of the cover up: a black lotus with skull, done by Dimas Praja


so on the same day, Adip got two fresh tattoos, done by both tattooists we have at CarpeDiem TattooStudio. Hope to see him soon again! πŸ˜‰

Dimas Praja’s tattoo works in Bali

It’s been a month since Dimas arrived in the Island of Gods, Bali, Indonesia. Here’s some of his works in various tattoo studio (he’s been doing guest spot in some places).

custom Frangipani design for Sina; Dimas Praja as a guest-artist at Eka Waves tattoo, Bali; April 2011

custom Frangipani design for Lea, Sina's sister; Dimas Praja as a guest-artist at Eka Waves tattoo, Bali; April 2011

Balinese scripture: Love, Peace and Wealth; Dimas Praja as a guest-artist at Eka Waves tattoo, Bali; April 2011

Ernest's feet tattoo pair, Dimas Praja as a guest-artist at Eka Waves tattoo, Bali April 2011

More works are going to be captured πŸ˜‰ For you guys who in Bali n want to get tattoos from Dimas, just hit him at 08122722843.

CarpeDiem TattooStudio in Jl Janti Baru no 18, Jogjakarta is still open while Dimas is away to one month ahead. Lois is now working fulltime too for tattooing. Walk-ins are accepted, but we still recommends design consulting cuz it’s free, n custom tattoo works are always fun thing to do! see ya around! πŸ˜‰