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From The Ashes Showcase

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Enjoy Tattooing At Its Best

From the Ashes, the brain child of Gerhard Botha and Steven D’Alton, was founded early in 2016 and opened to the public in August of that year.

Owned by Gerhard and operated by Steve, From the Ashes is a warm and friendly upmarket tattoo studio that aims at redefining the experience of being tattooed. Welcoming both “tattoo virgins” and seasoned collectors, we do our best to make the experience one that you will never forget.

Not only will you leave our shop with top quality art and the peace of mind that comes from our superior hygiene practices, but you will also feel like part of the family. We mean the good family that is always more than welcome to pop in, whether it be just to say hi or to get your next piece…

Meet Our Tattoo Artists

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Steven D’Alton

Like the Phoenix rising From the Ashes, I have returned to my passion and my art. After taking an 18 month sabbatical in 2014 to do some soul searching and healing, I’m back doing what I love and what I’m good at, playing with ink.

To me having a tattoo is not just a fashion accessory, it’s not something to be done today and forgotten about tomorrow. Tattoos are a statement to the world, to your parents, to your peers, to yourself: “This is me!!”  To tattoo someone is a spiritual experience, a time and space where I get to share a moment in somebody’s life and in the process I also get to leave some awesome artwork behind that will forever be a part of them. Getting tattooed is the ultimate experience of both creative self-expression and emotional release for both artist and customer.

Art and drawing have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember but I had never thought of going into the then taboo world of tattoo until I got my first one back in 1994. Paid for by my father as an early Christmas present after my 18thbirthday little did either of us know that that would be the spark that ignited my dreams.

From that date until I started my apprenticeship in 2004 I was in and out of the industry in one way or another. Working as a Body Piercer for years, including managing one of the top Piercing Studios in the UK, and even as a shop assistant in a shop in Tel Aviv, Israel in 2000. I did my formal Tattoo Apprenticeship through Tattoo Stylin’ in Sandton City in 2004 and moved on to opening my own studio, Salvation Ink, in 2008. Unfortunately, due to divorce and a few other personal reasons, I had to close that business down in 2014. But now I’m back, working at From the Ashes, once again making magic whilst sharing life with my customers and friends, on fire and in love with my art.

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Kaysie Wood

Born in East London, South Africa in 1994, Kaysie basically exited the womb armed with crayons and left her mark on every wall. After realizing that none of her creations would be around long enough for anyone else to see them, she soon converted to pencil & paper and paint on canvas.

Art in its many forms has always been a constant in her life. From a young age, she exuded artistic skill and talent; winning many competitions, having her work featured in local newspapers and being a force to reckon with in the art class.

In 2015, whilst studying toward an LLB, she noticed something was missing from life. It was then that she realized art was an integral part of her being. So she began her journey into the world of tattooing, after being fascinated by the history, styles and lifestyle surrounding the art and the sub-culture. Although only having been in the industry for a short while, her work speaks for itself.  Kaysie is meticulous with her work and always critiques her own work, which she believes allows her to learn, adapt and improve with each passing day. She uses these skills and lessons to shape her as a person and as an artist as she strives to be and create the very best that she can.

In 2018, she began expanding her focus and skills, taking into consideration the art of tattooing in all its glory, and  began her endeavour into the world of cosmetic tattooing.

Kaysie aims to give each of her clients exactly what they want, by advising them in the best direction possible; adapting their ideas thoughtfully and artistically into a one of a kind piece that they will cherish each and every day.

What Our Clients Say

Testimonials
Andrew RaathDamien RichardsAshley MandichDamian ScanlenWarren van der VyverNikki MeyerDean Le VeyEwan TaylorChristie CroukampBronwyn Mandich
Thank you for your amazing work done on my trash polka design. As always your work is nothing short of perfection and your effort and attention to detail always first class. Glad we kept in touch over these years and look forward to having my sleeve completed by you in the coming months.
Andrew Raath
Steve is a perfectionist when it comes to tattooing. He is a master colour artist and always delivers in bringing to life the ideas and designs that you have in your head. Everyone I know that has gotten ink at From The Ashes always goes back for more, because the quality and service is just that good.
Damien Richards
At the age of 60 my sister and I got sister tattoo’s. Steven was so professional and patient in helping us decide on the design. My first impression I got when I walked into the studio was how clinical and clean it was and it smelt. I was a bit nervous but Steve created a nice relaxed atmosphere that I soon felt relaxed. The tattoos turned out great and I recommend him to everyone
Ashley Mandich
I have had amazing experiences being tattooed by Kaysie. It was only my second tattoo the first time I went to her and she made me feel super comfortable. She is extremely friendly, patient and understanding. She is very knowledgeable of what she is doing and VERY sanitary. She literally exceeded my expectations in both customer service and cleanliness. I will absolutely be going back to get more tattoos from her. Such a great experience!!
Damian Scanlen
I have been for not just 1 but 6 tattoos with Steve and every one of them has been awesome! The correct placing, correct size, redesigned where needed and the add-on design where applicable! Nothing short of perfection when completed every time! Thanks Steve! I’ll be back soon!
Warren van der Vyver
I have been a repeat and satisfied customer of Steve’s for the past 8 years. Each one of his designs have his personalized and unique touch. From the design to the tattoo, each one I wear with immense pride. He really knows how to transfer your art into something magnificent.
Nikki Meyer
Absolutely love my visits to “From The Ashes” Whether it being for a social event or getting inked. Steve makes your ideas a reality! Loved my first piece and currently busy with the second. Awesome, chilled and welcoming environment!
Dean Le Vey
If there is one thing that separates Kaysie from the rest, it’s her artistic and imaginative ways of thinking, I always knew in my head what I wanted when it came to my tattoos but Kaysie made them a reality and exceeds expectation reassuring you when it comes to the tattoo and it’s progress and making the process of tattooing therapeutic. She has been my first and only artist and I plan to keep it that way!
Ewan Taylor
I have had amazing experiences being tattooed by Kaysie. It was only my second tattoo the first time I went to her and she made me feel super comfortable. She is extremely friendly, patient and understanding. She is very knowledgeable of what she is doing and VERY sanitary. She literally exceeded my expectations in both customer service and cleanliness. I will absolutely be going back to get more tattoos from her. Such a great experience!!
Christie Croukamp
I am not the easiest customer when it comes to explaining what tattoo design I would like, but Steve is so great that he gets it right EVERYTIME. And every tattoo has turned out much better than I had in my mind. His professionalism puts me at ease so I can enjoy the whole tattooing experience.
Bronwyn Mandich

You Can Find Us Here

Contact us or come through to our premises to check out our tattoo designs. We look forward to seeing you soon.

  • Shop LM 40, Clearwater Mall, Roodepoort, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • (+27) 011 475 0093
  • steve@fromtheashes.co.za
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