Lokesh Verma

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Lokesh Verma
EducationMaster of Business Administration
Bachelor of Commerce
Alma materDelhi University
Sri Aurobindo College
OccupationTattoo artist,
Co-founder of Heartwork Tattoo Festival.

Lokesh Verma is an Indian tattoo artist.[1] He is best known for pioneering soundwave tattoos in India.[2][3][4] He is one of the founders of Heartwork Tattoo Festival, India’s only international tattoo festival.[5][6][7]

Background and career[edit]

Lokesh was born and raised in Delhi, India. His father worked in a security department, while mother was a teacher. He completed his school education in Delhi and took admission to Delhi University in 2000. He has held several odd jobs.[8]

He started practicing tattooing in 2003 as a hobby[2] while pursuing his MBA during which he also worked at the local McDonalds by day and as a disc jockey by night in order to save money to purchase his first equipment.[1][9][10]

He opened a studio first in South Delhi’s Greater Kailash area in 2008 and then in Gurugram in 2013.[8] In 2011, he tattooed world record attempt recognized by Guinness World Records for the most number of flags to be tattooed on human body held by Guinness Rishi.[11][12] He is one of the founders of the annual Heartwork Tattoo Festival, India’s only international tattoo festival.[13][14] He is the owner of Devilz Tattooz, India.[15][16][17][18]

Lokesh has traveled to 15 countries and tutored many artists. Some of celebrities and cricketers he has inked include Ishant Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Swara Bhaskar, Remo D'Souza, and Tapsee Pannu.[19]

In 2019, he became the first artist from Asia to be invited to lecture at the University of Tattooing and Fine Arts, Academie Tier Polo, Italy.[20]


  1. ^ a b "The human body is my canvas: Lokesh Verma, Tattoo practitioner". The Economic Times. 2011-10-16. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  2. ^ a b "Soundwave tattoos: Scan it, hear it". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  3. ^ "New wave of tattoos". The Pioneer. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  4. ^ "This Valentine's Day, try and express your love with a permanent tattoo". www.indulgexpress.com. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  5. ^ Bhandari, Kavi (2018-12-01). "Festival of ink". The Asian Age. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  6. ^ Mukherjee, Debdeep (December 2, 2018). "Tattoo's cool, say these youngsters". The Times of India. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  7. ^ "Of tattoos, music and major hip-hop vibes". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  8. ^ a b Karelia, Gopi (2021-03-18). "Delhi Man Once Flipped Burgers To Support Family; Now An International Tattoo Artist". The Better India. Retrieved 2021-07-11.
  9. ^ "Tattoo artist Lokesh Verma's success story will leave you inspired". The Asian Age. 2019-08-13. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  10. ^ "Delhi's Tattoo Artist Lokesh Verma Becomes The First Asian To Teach In An Italian Tattoo University". in.style.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  11. ^ "70-year-old man has 305 country flag tattoos". News18. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  12. ^ "This man is a walking atlas". Deccan Herald. 2011-10-15. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  13. ^ Swain, Kasturi (2018-12-03). "Shedding its image of a passing fad, tattoo art emerges as symbol of syncretism". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  14. ^ "Tattoos aren't about cults anymore". The Pioneer. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  15. ^ "Tapsee Pannu and Swara Bhaskar's tattoo artist explains how musical barcodes are the next inking trend". Business Insider. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  16. ^ "Fuchcha's get inked: Making a statement with tattoo and piercing in the new session". Hindustan Times. 2019-07-11. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  17. ^ "Tatoo: Flaunt it but watch out - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  18. ^ user (2021-05-25). "Lokesh Verma (Devil'z Tattooz) on Life as a Tattoo Artist in India". CareersIndia. Retrieved 2021-05-25.
  19. ^ "Celebrity tattoo artist Lokesh Verma wants to focus on quality work". Indulge Express. Retrieved 2021-07-11.
  20. ^ "Delhi's Tattoo Artist Lokesh Verma Becomes The First Asian To Teach In An Italian Tattoo University". www.freepressjournal.in. Retrieved 2021-07-11.