"People think if we are brave enough to carve large permanent tattoos on our bodies, we must be brave in other aspects of our lives too," Tyas scoffs.
It's a one-room studio. On the low tables are empty Chivas Regal bottles and dirty ashtrays. There is no tattoo artwork on the walls. "We had a small problem at our previous premises," confides tattoo artist Ady, Tyas' mentor. "The landlord didn't like our line of work."
"But people in Benhil are more open-minded," interjects Ady's middle-aged aunt, seated on a black settee in the studio.
Prices for tattoos are listed between Rp 300,000 and Rp 800,000 ($30.00 - $80.00) each. Ady receives around two customers a month. "But we're busiest at the weekends," pipes the aunt. "People don't know we're here yet. We had customers everyday in our previous place."
Cellotaped to the front desk is a list of six tattoo-aftercare tips:
-Keep your tattoo clean
-Keep it moisturised
-Avoid the sun
-Avoid soap and water
-Refrain from scratching or picking the tattoo
-Don't lick it
Among Ady's seven tattoos is a blackwork on his waist of his aunt's face.
"Having a tattoo done feels like having your eyebrows plucked," comments the aunt.
"Have you got a tattoo?"