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A Brief Guide to Tipping in Japan

A Brief Guide to Tipping in Japan The title of this post is A Brief Guide to Tipping in Japan. This is because it can be summed up pretty quickly: there is no tipping in Japan. Well that might not entirely be true… There are a few circumstances in which tipping may be considered appropriate: [...]

By |2019-02-08T22:08:30-07:00April 13th, 2017|Japanese Culture and Tattoo Culture, Travel|0 Comments

Can I See a Sketch Before My Tattoo?

When Can I See My Tattoo Sketch? Most artists work from a tattoo sketch they’ve designed ahead of time. This may be a sketch that is then copied to transfer paper.  This special paper is then used to apply a stencil to the recipient’s skin. Less often this sketch can be used as a reference [...]

By |2019-02-08T22:08:30-07:00January 25th, 2017|Japanese Tattoo Techniques|0 Comments

Tebori Tattoo in Japan

How to Get a Tebori Tattoo A tebori tattoo is usually done in the same order as conventional tattoos.  The outline is done first followed by shading. These days for tebori tattoos most artists use machine for the outline followed by hand tattooing for the shading. This is because of the inordinate amount of time it [...]

By |2019-02-08T22:08:30-07:00January 20th, 2017|Japanese Tattoo Techniques|0 Comments

Preparing for Your First Tattoo Experience

Preparing for Your First Tattoo Experience What can a person expect for their first tattoo experience? They can expect to have an awesome time. So long as they come prepared and in the right state of mind. Whether large or small, your first tattoo experience can determine how you feel about your tattoo. That's [...]

By |2019-02-08T22:08:30-07:00January 7th, 2017|Japanese Tattoo Techniques|0 Comments

Traditional Japanese Tattoo: Tebori

What is Tebori? Tebori is the Japanese term for tattooing by hand. Te (手)meaning ‘hand’ and bori (彫り) meaning ‘to carve’. The word ‘carve’ might seem a little… aggressive.  However it is the same verb used to describe the woodcarving done by the ukiyo-e artisans that carved the woodblocks used to produce ukiyo-e prints.  'Horishi’ [...]

By |2019-02-08T22:08:54-07:00December 8th, 2016|Japanese Tattoo Techniques|0 Comments

Japanese Tattoo Animal Motifs and Meaning

There are many different motifs that you will see recurring in Japanese tattoos and for many people this symbolism becomes important when planning your first Japanese tattoo.  Many of these have roots in traditional Japanese religion, folklore, literature, and art (ukiyo-e).  Therefore Japanese tattoo animal motifs can be full of symbolism.  Consequently these meanings can be difficult [...]

By |2019-02-08T22:08:54-07:00July 19th, 2016|Japanese Culture and Tattoo Culture|1 Comment

Japanese Tattoo Flower Motifs and Meaning

There are many different motifs that you will see recurring in Japanese tattoos.  Many of these have roots in traditional Japanese religion, folklore, literature, and art (ukiyo-e). Learn about these motifs for inspiration and discussions with your tattoo artist. A list of animal motifs can be found here.  Below are brief descriptions for some of the [...]

By |2019-02-08T22:08:54-07:00July 19th, 2016|Japanese Culture and Tattoo Culture|0 Comments

The First Irezumi Invasion Tour is in the Books

After a long month, spent first in Vancouver and then travelling to Toronto, the first legal tattoo tour in Canada has come to an end.  And being the first tour of its kind in Canada wasn't the only precedent being set.  This past weekend was the first ever live tattooing in a national museum.  The [...]

By |2019-02-08T22:08:54-07:00June 2nd, 2016|News|0 Comments

Come Join Us at the ROM

Come join us for live tattoo demonstrations at the Royal Ontario Museum! Canada's largest museum has been an incredible host. This past Friday Horinao and Horiren attended the Friday Night Live evening event where they sketched and painted some very impressive works on short notice and got to interact with attendees at the ROM. There were [...]

By |2019-02-08T22:08:54-07:00May 28th, 2016|News|0 Comments