Godfather of modern Indian tattooing, Dr Jehangir A Kohiyar, passes away
The tattooing world mourns the death of Dr Jehangir A Kohiyar, who is considered the pioneer of modern tattooing in India. He is the mentor of celebrated artists like New York-based legendary ink master Anil Gupta and Mumbai-based Sameer Patange.
Various figures from the tattooing community are sharing the story of how Jehangir, affectionately known as Jangoo, brought the art to India in the 1960s.
Hailing from a wealthy Parsi family, this Mumbai-based psychiatrist learned to tattoo from Jock Liddell aka Tattoo Jock during his medical studies in England. He is also said to have taught the art to the famous Switzerland-based Leu family (including Filip Leu) in the secrets of the trade in 1970s.
Deeply saddened by the passing away of my teacher, a father, a mentor and the man who started it all for the Indian tattoo industry. Dr. Jangoo. A. Kohiyar did not just teach me and few others how to tattoo, but held my hand and taught me how to crawl and made me stand on my feet, to become the man the person and the artist that I am today. Many might want to deny and say they learnt it all on their own, they are self taught etc etc, but history and facts won't change that we are all offspring of this man's teaching and efforts in the Indian tattoo Industry. If it wasnt for this man, they probably wouldn't even have known what tattooing was. I surely wouldn't have. A black day in the history of Indian tattooing. May his soul rest in eternal peace.