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Classic by name, classic in style, classic through quality. 

These are the philosophies that motivate the crew at 1933 Classic Tattoos. 

Established in 2010 by Rasty Knayles, a stalwart of the Johannesburg graffiti scene and well respected artist within the South African tattoo industry, 1933 has cemented it’s place as one of the leading tattoo studios in South Africa. 

The studio has  become synonymous with a welcoming and friendly atmosphere, comfortable creative environment, great artists, and of course the highest quality tattoos.

Located in the leafy side streets of Braamfontein in downtown Joburg, the studio is a stones throw from WITS University making  it central and easily accessible from any part of the city. 

Our resident artists, coincidentally all with graffiti backgrounds, take pride in every piece they do regardless of the size or detail, ensuring every client leaves with a unique and original tattoo far exceeding their expectations. 

Between them our artists represent a wide variety of styles including Black & Grey, Realism, New School, Fine Line, and Blackwork. Each artist puts their individual touch and years of artistic experience into their designs, making every tattoo a classic.