Aya and I traveled to Japan in December 2008 to visit some of the greatest artists to influence modern tattooing. We were very fortunate to meet Horiyoshii III, the master tattoo artist of Yokohama, as well as Shige, of Yellow Blaze Tattoo. Additionally, thanks to our friend Kiyono, we were also able to spend several days studying traditional Japanese tattooing (Tebori) with tattoo master HoriKiyo. Natan received a traditional tattoo from HoriKiyo, a Bonji character for Fudo Myo. Fudo Myo is a Buddhist deity who called the “Immovable One” because he delivers human beings from temptations. Below are some images from the trip!
Horiyoshii III, Japans foremost tattoo master
Shiges work has become some of the most respected and imitated tattoo work in the world in the past few years. Check out why at YellowBlaze.net
Shige, Yellow Blaze Tattoo
HoriKiyo is a true Horishii, quietly and modestly creating masterpieces while seeking no attention. It was an honor to receive a tattoo from him and to sit and observe while he worked. We will definitely be back!
Traditional Japanese Tattoo Lessons
Tebori in progress
The tattoo hurt much less than I thought. I can even forgive the Yankees Shirt!
Artist: Natan Alexander Lin
Medium: Black and Gray tattoo
This half sleeve octopus tattoo is a fine example of Black and Grey work from our shop owner and artist Natan. His extensive studies and work in Japan allowed him to add Japanese inspired style waves to round out the piece and fit the clients needs.
A great example of a (monochromatic) stipple tattoo. Stippling is the technique of using small dots to simulate varying degrees of solidity or shading. Unlike pontillism which uses a variety of colors stippling uses only one. In the above photo you can see that Steve, one of our Witch City Ink artists used red dots to create this piece of body art.