Former Australian cricketer Michael Clarke gets inked by celebrity tattoo artist Vikas Malani
The latest celebrity to sit in tattoo artist Vikas Malani’s hot seat was none other than World Cup-winning former Australian captain, Michael Clarke. And, it looks like playing commentator for the IPL season has got Clarke in the cricketing spirit since he made a quick pit stop at BodyCanvas Tattoos & Piercings studio in Bandra to get a very special lucky charm on his arm. Vikas Malani has previously inked many Bollywood and TV celebrities as well.
Placed right next to his Carpe Diem ink, Clarke got a clover leaf tattoo with an Unalome and the initials of his daughter, Kelsey Lee i.e., KL, in his own handwriting.
The rare four-leaf clover leaf represents faith, hope, love and of course, luck. Inside the clover leaf is the 8 petalled flower mandala, which represents the universe. In the center of this flower is his daughter’s initials ‘KL’ – depicting that she is the center of his life. Meanwhile, the stem of the flower is shown using an Unalome which represents the path to enlightenment in the Buddhist culture. The spirals are meant to symbolize the twists and turns in life, and the straight lines represent the enlightenment.
Pretty deep, huh? Well, Vikas Malani, who turned Michael’s tattoo dream into a reality, also thinks so. He says, “Meeting and inking Michael has been an enlightening and motivational experience. He is truly a man with wisdom. He chose a really beautiful design with a great meaning and I am sure his daughter would love it. It means a lot to me when someone puts their emotions in the tattoo.“
Well, Clarke’s got a really sweet story behind the tattoo too as he shares that his daughter inspired the art. Father of the two-year old recently bought a black cap by a popular American brand featuring the clover leaf and his daughter just wouldn’t take it off. He says, “I just took it as a sign and turned up at the shop with the cap, and am leaving with the most unbelievable tattoo. I wanted to have an Indian feel because all my tattoos have been done in Australia and this is the first one here.”
Looks like Clarke really loved his desi ink because he even took to Instagram to flaunt his latest tattoo and give Vikas a shoutout saying, “@vikasmalani_official you are a legend bro. Thank you for looking after me @bodycanvastattooart”
About Vikas Malani from Body Canvas Tattoos-
18 years back BodyCanvas was successfully founded by Vikas Malani & his younger brother Mickey Malani in Andheri. Now they have chains in: Mumbai -Peddar Road , Bandra and Malad , Delhi- Hauz Khas Village, London – Greenwich .They have worked with leading celebrities and represented innumerable international tattoo conventions.
They have done tattoos on popular celebrities like Remo D’Souza, Krishna Shroff, John Abraham, Alok Nath, Aamir Khan for Dhoom 3, Anushka Sharma for Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola, Priyanka Chopra for Pyaar Impossible ,Fardeen Khan for All the Best, Anil Kapoor for Tashan, MS Dhoni for Max Oil TVC and Shahrukh Khan for Dish TV Advertisement and many more .
Taking a unique CSR initiative, Vikas Malani hosted 3 career workshops for acid attack survivors in 2017 at Body Canvas Tattoo Studio (New Delhi), Sheroes Cafe(Agra and Lucknow).The agenda of the workshop was to train the women survivors free of cost so that they become a successful tattoo artist or are able to find career in tattoo making.
As a young kid, Vikas Malani enjoyed scribbling and sketching random designs. He participated and won many face and bodypainting competitions in college and made temporary tattoos. He later decided to take tattooing & piercings professionally and acquired expert training from foreign artists. With a determined goal, great value system, sheer hard work and the support of his mother, what started as a basic interest in body art eventually turned into owning one of the biggest commercial tattoos & piercing parlors in Mumbai! He has made thousands of tattoos & does more than 150 different types of body piercing through the years and has touched the hearts of so many people with his work. He specializes in cosmetic tattoos, portraits and realism & facial piercings.
BodyCanvas also provides “Satellite BodyCanvas Studio” service to the clients who can’t visit their prime locations. Till date they have visited cities like Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi, Jaipur, Pune, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Goa, Bhopal, Indore, Surat, Cochin, Chandigarh, Ludhiana etc. providing tattoo services to their clients. Vikas and Mickey have done special tattoo tour to US &UK as a part of our Satellite BodyCanvas services.
BodyCanvas is not only in tattoos and piercings but also in tattoo academy, events, movie and TV shoots, satellite BodyCanvas studio (moving to different cities as per appointments), CSR etc.