Kevin & Hanne met each other at the beginning of 2013 at Curacao, where Kevin did an internship and Hanne returned after living there for ten years. They hit it off quite quick and since then they’ve shared a personal and professional passion for drawing. This started on paper but later on this passion was transferred onto the skin.
It all started in Valkenswaard. Here Kevin & Hanne started to share their passion: drawing. This passion shifted quite quickly into tattooing. It started within a small circle of friends and family around them and of course they tattooed each other. More people started to request a tattoo from them, which inspired Kevins father Henk “the bear” Cox to give up a part of his territory to build a studio in his house. Together with his moral support and never-ending trust, Henk helped them to realise a dream so they could enhance their skills. Sadly, “The Bear” passed away shortly after finishing the first shop, which inspired Kevin & Hanne to name their lifework after one of the first persons who put a lot of faith in them.
BlackBear Ink was born, and has been growing. The passion of putting art onto the body has lifted us to a higher level and translated itself into the tattoo shop we are today. We now have a tattoo shop in Eindhoven and Utrecht (The Netherlands). And in our shop in Eindhoven we’ve got a piercer who is a great addition to our team of creatives.
BlackBear develops itself into a label. Our motivation is to create unique products and it’s a tool to express our creativity. BlackBear goes for statements!
Our mission is to be an exclusive platform where art is both groundbreaking and accessible.
We invite you to experience our passion yourself. This starts online: On our BlackBear Instagram page we show all the creations that our artists and guest artists have made. We also show you a sneak peek behind the scenes. Get to know our team of creatives, check out upcoming flash work and dive into the world of BlackBear Ink.
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