Tuesday 2019-07-16




By Ayanda Dlamini | 2018-08-10

ON the first day of spring, you might want to get yourself some ink.

Body art and food in the same scene is a rare occurrence and that is exactly what Mnandzi food fiesta and Black Sheep are bringing to you this spring.

The pioneers of the Mnandzi food Fest, in collaboration with Black Sheep, will make possible the first ever Tattoo Festival.

The joint venture will take place on September 1 at Swazi Lizkhar in Ezulwini and will feature a wide range of  activities including food stalls, art and craft stalls, music by unveiling Harrison 'Harristheniner' Baron and new to the Mnandzi food menu, tattoo stalls.  The second version of the tattoo festival will be merged with the food festival. We all know Mnandzi food is a food market that caters for the whole family. Black sheep which is a tattoo parlor, entertainment stable and clothing brand is bringing a fusion to the festival by catering to tattoo lovers. “The inspiration for this event came from the love of art, we as (Black Sheep) we saw it fit to merge the art industry with the food industry in order to forge a lifestyle that appeals to the vibrant mass,” says Simephi ‘Banger’ Dlamini, who is a tattoo artist from Black Sheep.  The first event was in 2017, held at the place (Terrace Grill). The first event was celebrating the support Black Sheep as a brand was receiving, specifically with regards to body art by Dlamini.  Dlamini stated that  the collaboration with Mnandzi Street Food Fiesta is an effort  to merge the art lifestyle with the food market vibe and also try remove the stigma the society has towards body art.  Tattoos will be on special on the day, so people who want to get inked up can do so at discounted prices. Tattoo lovers will get to see and appreciate work done by Black Sheep’s in-house tattoo artist Simephi  and Bonkie, who is an apprentice.   Royal Ink artist’s (Jojo Tembo and Thandiwe) will also be coming through to the event. Royal Ink will be coming through with Jojo Tembo and Thandiwe.  Fun lovers will get to do friendship tattoos, flash tattoos and wording, amongst other smaller designs.  There will also be a raffle draw where people will stand a chance to win a tattoo worth E1 500 by Banger. Minimum fee for tattoos will be E270 on the day at the Black Sheep Tattoos stall. People who wish to sell or showcase their art at the Mnandzi street food fiesta spring art edition can contact Mnandzi street food fiesta's Zamani Kunene for stall bookings at 7604 5170/ email : msfoodfiesta@gmail.com or Buhle  Mncube on 7652 2878.

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