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A Small History:


It took Jan ‘Munky’ Giebelmann a while to figure out exactly what he wanted to do with his life. Sitting at a desk, in front of a computer wasn't cutting it. Neither was working out in the country, shoveling shit.

But as soon as he picked up a tattoo machine, it became an instant extension of his arm, and he’s never looked back since.

It all started in 2005 under the guidance of John Edwards, co-owner of Tattoo Crew in London (then owner of Black Star), and Marcus van der Tuin, resident artist at Cape Town’s Wildfire (Now working from Cape Electric). Drawing from their experience and direction, Munky formed his own creative identity – a traditional style, influenced by bold colours and artistic individuality. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Seth Arcane, Corey Divine, Myke Chambers and Destroy Troy, as well as the great artists he has had the privilege to work with, Munky’s hunger for industry knowledge is never satisfied.

When he’s not doing what he does best at Fallen Heroes, Munky’s works freelance for various corporate companies and creates one of a kind artworks.

“I’d like to make your tattoo appointment more than just a permanent work of art, but also an experience that you’ll look back on and think, ‘Fuck! I had a blast!” – Munky.