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Wooohooo! 35 hours later, through blood, sweat and tears this irezumi sleeve is finally done! I had to get a little bit #GenghisKhan at the end but with some team work and plenty of Oxy’s we managed to reach the finish line.
She wanted a sleeve incorporating luck, longevity and rebirth with an homage to her grandmother. And this is what I came up with. 🙂
The red-crowned crane starts it all off at her shoulder/chest. This flows into a geisha with a castle and mount Fuji in the background. Dark clouds flow down and around the crane moving towards a Kitsune (fox) mask set onto her bicep and dark iso bars to signify Kitsune no yomeiri or, ‘the fox’s wedding’ which is the name given to the phenomena that occurs when it rains when the sun is out and shining brightly. This event is considered a good omen as is the fox.
On her forearm there are orchids for her grandmother; inside forearm is a phoenix and on the outer forearm is a blue bird in a pine tree. There are sakura placed around in various states of growth and decomposition.
Very, very pleased with how this all turned out and am happy to have it completed. I have to give credit to my client for sitting through this all and my lovely wife for lending her talents to capture this piece with her photography skills.
Thank you for looking!

 

Here is some Polynesian work that I’ve done lately as well as some other pieces.

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The goddess of the wind, La’amaomao is holding the ipu (calabash) of the 32 winds of Hawaii. The god Lono, is standing on her legs and is seen behind her. Lono is both the ipu and the winds itself, being the god of fertility and wind, among other things.

Client is a kitesurfer.

Modern Marquesan.

 

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Honu is mainly asthetic with some protection thrown in for good measure.

Ana’ole style.

 

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Shoulder cap of strength and growth imagery that is done to represent the talon of a raptor.

Modern Marquesan and taulima.

 

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Shoulder cap, done Ta Moko style (Maori) with taulima influences. This shows his love of family, strength and courage as well as his love of Hawaii.

 

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Ta Moko style upper calf band meant to protect from harm and to look out for danger.

 

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Side piece donw in modern Marquesan with Ta Moko influences. This piece is represents her travel, ancestors, family and growth.

 

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Modern Marquesan, freehand. This is all about power and retaining mana.

 

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Rapanui style, ‘iwa bird.

 

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Mo’o and Honu.

 

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Blue Heron.

 

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Honu and Big Island.

 

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Father and son matching Ku tattoo’s. I tattooed the father a few years ago and so he wanted his son to have the same.

 

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Modern Marquesan chest piece, cover up.

 

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Modern Marquesan, mata kome.

 

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Olive tree branch. In memory of his daughter, Olive. She passed shortly after being born.

 

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Modern Marquesan and Ta Moko, gauntlet. ‘Iwa lani, love of Hawaii and the ocean, his family and protection.

Kia Ora!
I am very pleased to announce that episode 2, Tattoo Nomad: North Island, New Zealand is finished and posted to my YouTube channel!
We had a blast making this episode even though it was a lot of work, lol.
Please watch and share!
We want to do more episodes and need some help getting the word out.
I can’t thank everyone enough for the continued support and hope that you enjoy our effort at making tattoo something to celebrate that can bring people together through shared love of this amazing art form.
Thank you for watching! Aloha!
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Hey, hey! We leave for New Zealand on Tuesday to film episode 2 of Tattoo Nomad!!!
We have crammed a ton of stuff into this trip and are going to take full advantage of the two week schedule to get as much content as we can into this episode. I can’t express how much I am looking forward to this trip because I have always wanted to visit since I was a kid.
I will be in Wellington from November 20-24th and will be tattooing during this time at the National Tattoo Museum of New Zealand. Please contact them https://www.facebook.com/TheNationalTattooMuseumOfNewZealand/
if you would like to book some tattoo time.
Stay tuned to my FB page for the usual photo dumps of hi-jinx and adventure!TN_NZ
Thank you for looking! Please share!
Aloha!

This is the first official episode of Tattoo Nomad!

It is more or less the format of the show going forward. I expect running time to increase to maybe 30 to 40 minutes as more content is added.

Please share and subscribe to my channel!

Thank you for looking! Aloha!

Here is a link to a project that I have been working on called, Tattoo Nomad. It was originally supposed to be a sizzle reel to stir up interest in the idea but became a full episode and so I have made it the pilot.

The format will evolve; I am working on episode one at the moment (Belgium) and can say that it is more polished. That being said, I’m happy with how this turned out and for all the support that I had making it.

In the pilot I talk about my history and the history of Polynesian tattoo in regards to Hawaii. In the tattoo portion, the importance of remembering our ancestors and respecting the past is the topic.

I plan on making more of these as time and funds permit so stay tuned.

Aloha!

 

Just got back from the Great London Tattoo Show and a guest spot at Trash Tattoo in Dendermonde, Belgium. What a fantastic time it was. Took a day or five to get used to the time change but after that I was good to go.

London is always sunny when I visit which prompts people to tell me to visit more often. I certainly would love to, since London is one of my favorite cities. We arrived a day after the Manchester bombing which was a bit unnerving. The whole place had a different vibe; not bad, just a kind of tension that seemed to infect everyone. But people soldiered on and apart from the presence of heavily armed police and incessant news coverage, it was quite pleasant.

I tattooed in Alexandra Palace which was a nice piece of old architecture. The show was busy and I did a neck piece on a gentleman, which was my highlight of the show.

Belgium took me by surprise. I didn’t really know what to expect and at first, I hate to say, but I had a bit of culture shock. Coming straight from London to the cobblestone streets of Dendermonde seemed like I had stepped back in time.

In a day or two, after gathering our wits about us, it began to make sense. And then it seduced me. I really like Belgium. Our hosts were very gracious and their shop was buzzing like a beehive from the moment it opened until the doors closed. It was an all female shop and the vibe was chill and welcoming; it was nice to see it doing so well.

We went to Brugge and Gent and had a great time in between days of me working like a dog.

And then we went to Amsterdam. Everyone should go to this place before they die. Needless to say, I enjoyed it to the fullest of my capabilities.

We did some filming for Tattoo Nomad, the show that I (and my wife) are producing. Belgium will be the first official episode. I am still waiting to release the pilot episode, which is about the Big Island and Polynesian tattoo, but have to wait as I entered it into a film festival and cannot show it publicly until I hear if I got accepted or not.

In the meantime, here are some pics that you may hopefully enjoy.

Aloha!