Vacations 2023 -08/21/2023
From 21st August to 28th August 2023 we are on collective vacations. During that period no telephones, no emails, no facebook, etc... Tattoo studio started to work again on 29th August 2023 at 12:00 PM.
PANTERA For Legacy tour -06/10/2023
From 12th to 14th of June, 2023, we are on a three-day vacation. We are going to Prague for a concert by the reunited and reformed band Pantera, in which Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown remained from the original line-up. Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society) and Charlie Benante (Anthrax, S.O.D.) are unfortunately replacements but replacements with the credibility of the late Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul. Cause of Pantera is worth traveling to the Czech Republic and back. That band often gave us energy and inspired us during the past years, they contributed to the global popularization of tattooing with their distinctive style, attitudes, and behavior, which made them for many people just cowboys from hell who vulgar display power.
The tattoo studio is open regularly on 15th of June, 2023.
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There is no natural born tattoo masters, they need to be created. They are unobtrusive, you recognize them. You will find them there where is ego rejected and substituted with craft man's patience which drain energy from art. Tattooing is demanding job, to get a fed by tattooing, you must feed it for years. If you neglect tattooing for a moment, tattooing will simply leave one who thinks that ruled by it.
GANDALF TATTOO was founded in January of 1998 in Zagreb, Croatia at the address Ribnjak 52. From September of 2004 until December of 2008 the tattoo studio has operated on the premises of Tattoo studio ZAGREB named United Tattoo Studios ZAGREB & GANDALF. From January of 2009, we’re operating as an independent branch of Algiz LLC. owned by Marin Urbanc, who is also the founder and owner of the brand GANDALF TATTOO.Our primary field of work from the very start is tattooing, inspired by themes from JRR Tolkien’s literature and other related subjects, such as the Anglo-Saxon, Celtic and Norse mythology and iconography, but also the wider science-fiction and fantasy world presented through literature, film, painting, music; and the traditional iconography from Croatian history and people of the northern and western Europe. We’ve evolved more as a brand recognized by style, than as an institution, pointing to those that prefer unique design (custom tattoo). We offer them to meet their desires at our tattoo studio with a guidance to get a satisfactory tattoo design. A tattoo, which is designed by their ideas and our imagination. Also, like most other tattoo studios, we offer a large selection of catalogue designs.
The Tattoo business itself demands high hygienic conditions, which GANDALF TATTOO strictly conducts and ensures, to protect our clients and to maintain the trade on the highest possible professional level. Every day we pursue hospital sterilisation and disinfection, and the protection from contamination and cross-contamination of tools and working space. We are also under the regular control of Croatian Institute for Public Health and The Sanitary Inspection. The tattooing tools that we use are selectively chosen, and the tattooing colors that we use are approved by Croatian Institute for Public Health.
Publications in which are published some of our works.
TATTOO STUDIO GANDALF CREW
I’ve started tattooing at a considerably young age, when I was 15. At 1986 we were kids from the neighbourhood of Dubrava, Zagreb, who were carried away by punk and metal, and identified themselves with characters from at that time playing bands, who were because of their tattoos, an integral part of their image, marked as outcasts.
It was very important to have a tattoo. Since I had drawing skills, I enlisted for the job. Although, honestly, drawing skill was not of crucial importance to understand a good tattoo. “Slayer” or “Exploited” on someone’s skin could have been done by anyone, just as an “A” inside a circle. Tattoos at that time were very simple, and a reflection of rebellion against the society, not a mere decoration of skin. The tattooing technique we used was far below the level of tattooing in a military service or in a jail. With a needle wrapped with sewing thread, and black ink bought in a nearby bookstore was implemented under the skin; the whole procedure lasted a very long time and was extremely painful, and the results were- from an aesthetical point of view - just OK, at best.. But those were the beginnings of the beginnings, nothing comparable with the tattooing produced in, for our conditions, very advanced Germany, or even America.
In the beggining of 1992. the first legal Croatian tattoo studio has been opened in Zagreb - Roby’s tattoo shop. I thought that in those circumstances I have nothing more to look for in the tattoo world, and I almost gave up the whole idea. But, Roby accidentally saw some of my “works”, and decided to offer me a job. It was the best thing that happened to me until then, and I felt as a kid who has been dreaming about being a pilot, and then, suddenly, the Air Force decides to recruit him. It was the beginning of my professional career.
I worked at Roby’s for a few years. When I quit, I applied for and add I found in a Tattoo paper. A tattooist from Frankfurt- Alf Diamond- was looking for a tattooist. I sent him my work in a letter, and he was very pleased with them. I remember that he told me that I have great potential to become a good tattoo artist, but that my tattooing demands training.
I went to Frankfurt in 1996. and I started my apprenticeship at FTA ALF DIAMOND’S TATTOO STUDIOS. Only then I understood what tattooing actually is, and by seeing what goes into it and how it is done, I realized that the stories about “self-taught” craftsmen doesn’t stand on solid ground. I realised that the truth was brutally simple - the one that doesn’t know anything, can’t be self-thought. After just a couple of months in Frankfurt I gained so much knowledge and skills, I couldn’t gain in Zagreb within a lifetime.
Two years later, in 1998. at Ribnjak in Zagreb, Croatia I opened my own Tattoo Studio Gandalf, and started to work on my own. Two years later, I hired Stela, and I taught her the job that we’re doing together to this day. I want to thank all of my friends, tattooists, illustrators, bands and others who inspired me during the years, and still inspire me to become a better tattoo artist. My special thanks goes to Miroslav Tomas (Tomas Tattoo, Erlangen) for his unconditional help and boundless support during all those years, the man who had the biggest influence on everything I do.
STELA (PENIĆ) URBANC
My creative path began in my childhood, while my drawing kit and the smell of fresh paper were the greatest thrill for me.
In 1999. I finished The Faculty of Textile Technology as a fashion designer. In 2000 I got a job at Tattoo Studio Gandalf, where my dearest mentor taught me how to hold a broom, to wash glasses, to communicate with people, how to protect our customers and myself from infectious diseases, how to make a good design, and of course, how to make a great tattoo. All of it happened at the old tattoo studio at Ribnjak in Zagreb, Croatia, where I spent four years. Accidentally, we ended up as a United tattoo studios ZAGREB and GANDALF, when we were united with another tattoo studio. I continued to clean, sterilize, draw, tattoo, talk to customers, and learn more from my dear mentor.
It is difficult to speak about my specialities, but my favourites, and most tattooed in the last years were fairies, flowers, fantasy, ornaments, everything that is “cute”, traditionals (black and white, and in colour), and portraits. I did many things in life; needlework, crochet, sewing, airbrush, I’ve also designed my own clothes and made jewellery. Lately I’m spending my time mostly drawing my own tattoo designs, but my views are wide open because I love all kinds of creative work.
Zvonimir Podgajski was born in Zagreb in 1993, but he was forced to grow up in a little city called Long Village. Life in the countryside was hard but creative. As a child, he constantly had to take care of the chickens, and he discovered his hidden talent in the game of pulling a stick through the chicken feed. Simple geometric shapes were formed over time into complex drawings. Then his parents realized that something was wrong with him. Not long after that, he was sent to study in Zagreb, where he graduated from the School of Applied Arts and the Academy of Fine Arts. In the meantime, he also shows a great interest in street art, in which, after enjoying various student privileges, he finds a source of income to take at least a little off the burden on his parents. For several years, Zvonimir has been active in the subculture of street art, and by painting custom murals all over "our beautiful country", he has gained wonderful experience working with people. But during all that time, Zvonimir comes across classic terms woven into the roots of the Croatian mentality, such as: "Is it possible to get a discount? Why so expensive? Can you just make "only" one more thing and I have nowhere to pay you. Confused by the realization and "just" a little bit frustrated, he thinks about a related profession that would save him from the torment of everyday life.
The first thing that comes to mind is tattooing, and he emerges with his rich portfolio of works, but very scantily clad and bare feet like Frodo, shows up in front of the doors of the Gandalf Tattoo studio and enters through the Mordor. Surprised by the unexpected demands of the tattooing technique itself, Zvonimir slowly but surely sharpens his skills under Sauron's all-seeing eye and does a few tattoos on his faithful neighbors from the village and friends, whom he is grateful for their trust to this day. After a wonderful and magical process to become independent and strive to be a top street artist and tattoo master, Zvonimir tackles already known drawing techniques and styles. Still, he certainly finds himself mostly in his recognizable illustrative style, which he is always happy to do. But many will consider his style unattractive, so the versatile Zvonimir will willingly and with an abnormal amount of attention and love engage in the realization of all your imaginary ideas. And don't forget that what makes Zvonimir so special after all these years is his thick nerves and huge threshold of tolerance for all kinds of questions, so feel free to contact him at any time of the night, and he will be happy to answer you.
iRobot Roomba i5158
From recently an irreplaceable member of our team. The true is that has the artificial intelligence of the level of the average cockroach, but it does its job of cleaning the tattoo parlor, concretely vacuuming, flawlessly and does not think about anything else while working except when is hungry eat a little bit electricity. Never underestimate a droid.
iRobot Braava 390t
It is very similar to Roomba but a little bit smarter. It have the artificial intelligence of the level of the average centipede, but it does its job of cleaning tattoo parlor, specifically washing and polishing, flawlessly same like Romba and does not think about anything else while working except when is hungry eat a little bit electricity and sometimes asks for a little water mixed with disinfectant. Never underestimate a droid.
Gandalf Tattoo - ZAGREB
Ulica Ivana Gundulića 37-3, 10000 Zagreb, CROATIA
- Monday - Friday 12:00-20:00h
- Saturday, Sunday and during national holidays closed
ZAGREB MUNICIPAL TRANSIT SYSTEM
Map network of Zagreb municipal transit system with a designated location of the tattoo studio. For more details, click on the image below.
MCM London 2019
From 25th to 27th October 2019. as part of Ink Fusion Empire crew we was participate on London's Comic Con.more →
Star Wars Celebration 2016
From 15th to 17th July 2016. was held the third European Star Wars Celebration in London where we attended as Mos Croatia Spaceport and participated as Gandalf Tattoo. At the event was around 50,000 visitors from all over Europe and wider. Impressive, most impressive.more →
May The 4th i SFeraKon 2016
With "The Force Awakens" croatian Star Wars fandom is awakened. In period of last six months we was more active then in last 39 years of Star Wars. Beginning of May was marked by international Star Wars day "May The 4th". We was contibutors of SferaKon 2016. where Star Wars fandom have shown serious level of cosplay, we had a Geek Tattoo Contest and with this get closer tattooing and pop culture in Croatia. Also we hosted Shane Turgeon and he had a lectures about tattooing in Star Wars fandom and geek collectibles.more →
Star Wars - Episode VII - The Force Awakensmore →
UK tattoo tour 2015
In July 2015 Marin was participated in the tattoo convention in Cardiff (Cardiff Tattoo and Toy Con) and visited the Secret Cinema in London - The Empire Strikes Back. Impressions from traveling in the UK you can see here.more →
Saskatoon & Edmonton EXPO 2014
In September of 2014. Marin has a guest spot in the Canadian tattoo studio Shades of Grey in Edmonton and participated in Saskatoon EXPO and Edmonton EXPO, comic cons within which was tattooing. Similar to last year's Star Wars Celebration Europe II. A brief retrospective of the trip can be seen here.more →
Star Wars Celebration Europe 2013
We was participated on the sixth Star Wars celebration, second european, in Germany in part of which has been maintained a smaller thematically connected tattoo convention at which Marin was tattooing. How was on a celebration you can see on the page with photos and videos.
May the force be with you!
Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)
How about everything and about tattooing there are myths and facts. The most common myths we've touched on in the section of frequently asked questions that we argued with the facts. Before you decide on tattooing necessarily pass that section.
- Can tattooing damage my health?
- What you have to warn us about before getting tattooed?
- How much does it cost?
- Does it hurt?
- Do I have to make an appointment?
- Are minors allowed to get tattooed?
- How do I decide on the right motif?
- Which styles exist in tattooing?
- How do I pick the right tattoo artist?
- What am I forbidden to do before getting tattooed?
- How to take care of my tattoo until it heals?
- How to take care of my tattoo after it heals?