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Driven by people, META Workstation was designed to overcome several problems and needs of the tattoo artists. So we could fulfill a lack in the tattoo gear market, we end up making a bold, minimal, compact and user-friendly workstation.
With strong aluminium body, built-in power source, a plenty of storage space and unlimited customization possibilities, this tattoo workstation pushes the boundaries of tattooing experience. Here's the ultimate tattoo workstation - META Workstation.
After 13 years working in the tattoo industry, Piranha Tattoo Supplies, with our help, in conversations with several of tattoo artists, spotted a lack in the tattoo gear market. The available options weren't answering to some persistent needs and weren't innovative enough. This created a perfect opportunity to make change happen and enhance the way artists were tattooing.
This was the origin of META. META was structured for change and it's a brand that strives everyday to pursue the evolution that will shape the future of tattoo gear. META - Forged for What's Next.
Driven by people, META Workstation was designed through a deep and long user-centric approach.
To better understand the tattoo studios environment and tattoo artists context, we conducted a field research within 25 tattoo studios and interviewed more than 200 tattoo artists.
After a profound analysis with all the gathered information, we spotted several problems, struggles and needs - lack of space in the studio, storage, cable management, customization and flexibility.
We worked around the identified problems always with the major goal of having an extremely optimised volume. We inverted the process and started designing the workstation from the inside-out. First, we analysed all the tattoo process, what were the artists needs, in which phases and we make it as much compact as possible. After, finishing the drawers volumetry, we designed the outside of the workstation.
The final iteration of the workstation came after 2 prototypes validated in 2 tattoo conventions. In those conventions, we gathered the necessary feedback from the tattoo artists to refine it and build the final workstation.
After validating the final product, we built a set of accessories to make sure that every artist could build their own workstation tailored to their specific workflow - cable managers, drawer dividers, cups extension, gloves extension and back shelf.
Design Language & Final Result:
Defined by a bold, minimal and user-friendly design language.
META Workstation uses robust, long lasting materials that guarantee it to be a long-lasting product.A extensive material research was conducted to make sure we fitted required medical certification.
META workstation is 100% well-made in Europe to assure 100% control over the high standards of production.
We sold our first stack of workstations really fast and it is really changing the way tattoo artists tattoo. Artists are speaking for themselves. They are amazed with the ergonomics, organization and workflow. Some of them even nominated META Workstation as the workstation of the future.
Here's some of the astonishing feedback (Artist Feedback Images):
"Quality, hygiene, storage and functionality in a single workstation. These are the characteristics of the amazing META Workstation." -Nuno Feio - Award-winning Realism Tattoo Artist.
"The material organization is excellent and even the ergonomics. This is the tattoo workstation of thefuture." -Johnny Domus - World Class Neo Traditional Tattoo Artist.
"It's my office in a compact box basically. Amazing how much stuff i have loaded in there." -Carlos Breakone - Emerging Watercolour Tattoo Artist.
"The workstation came really awesome! And the integrated power plugs blown my mind!" -Diogo Nunes - Portuguese Reference Realism Tattoo Artist
"It is an excellent product, an ideal tool for any tattoo artist." -Guizo - Lettering Tattoo Artist
"META Workstation has come to revolutionize my work method. For better!" -Dave Santos - Dotwork Reference Tattoo Artist
META Workstation is the first product of META tattoo gear ecosystem.We have more products on the pipeline and we're eager to share them with the world. We have big dream - disrupt the tattoo industry for the better of both tattoo artists and tattoo enthusiasts.