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I Spoke To The Guy Who Tattooed Shah Rukh Khan, And He Confirmed That It's Temporary

Mumbai-based tattoo artist Al Alva has also done tattoos for Deepika Padukone, Saif Ali Khan, Sushmita Sen and even Dev Patel.

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Mumbai-based tattoo artist Al Alva has been providing body art to Bollywood stars for years.

Al Alva

Alva has been in the business for over 15 years, and has a tattoo studio called Al's Tattoo Studio, located in Mumbai.

Alva said that sometimes celebrities come to his studio, while other times he visits them on the set. Speaking about Shah Rukh's recent tattoo, Alva said, "He didn't come to my store, I went to his vanity van because it was supposed to be confidential".


Alva explained that the temporary tattoos last for anytime between a week to six months, with touch ups every week to maintain the ink. Here is Khan with filmmaker Farah Khan, getting a tattoo done for Happy New Year.

Al Alva

"There is a difference between temporary and permanent tattoos. Temporary tats are done with a medicated Chinese ink, with a henna base. Permanent is done using a machine and an anaesthetic cream," Alva added.

Apart from Khan, Alva has designed and given tattoos to multiple celebrities, including Deepika Padukone, Saif Ali Khan, Amy Jackson, Varun Dhawan, Lisa Haydon, Shilpa Shetty, and Arjun Rampal.

Alva revealed that he's done tattoos for Hollywood celebrities as well, but they are more concerned about photographs at the studio. Dev Patel, while promoting his upcoming film Lion, recently got a tattoo done from him.