There are many reasons people get tattooed. And everyone, is a first-timer at some point in their tattoo journey. Whether it’s a one & done experience or tattoo collecting for a lifetime, it is still important to have an idea of what to expect when you are going to get a tattoo.
Here are some general expectations and etiquette that are good for anyone to know!
Have an idea. Just telling your artist that you want a tattoo is going to get you nowhere. You absolutely have to have an idea so that the artist can guide you in choosing a style, a template, flash, or in her/his own efforts to create a custom tattoo for you.
Have more than an idea? Bring pictures. A picture will help further refine the idea that you like. Telling your artist you want a bird and knowing what type of bird, how it looks, will go a long way in creating a satisfying piece.
Make an appointment. Though walk-ins are always welcome at most shops, if you want to guarantee your space and time, an appointment will go a long way.
Listen and be respectful. Your artist is a skilled professional who has put in years and hours upon hours to be where they are at. They know more about the art and its placement on the human body than your novice eyes. If they tell you something about where a piece will look best, they know.
Take care of the tattoo. You spent money, time, and energy in getting a tattoo. Your artist worked hard. Listen to what s/he has to say about tattoo after-care and take care of it. While touch-ups are often free, a properly cared for tattoo will heal great and last.
These are just a handful of general tips to factor in along your tattoo journey. Now let’s get you inked! Our Waikiki tattoo studio is open 7 days a week, 10a – 10p. Walk-ins are welcome, appointments guarantee your space, and we offer free consultations.
Are you in the market for a custom Asian tattoo? Looking for an Japanese tattoo artist in Waikiki? Look no further! You’ve stopped at the right place.
434 Tattoo, our Waikiki tattoo studio is a multi-award winning custom tattoo studio in Honolulu.
Led byHoriyume Tattoo Adam, who has over two decades of experience as a tattooist, our team strives to provide clients with service that has them coming back from all over the world.
No stranger to travel himself, Horiyume has traveled extensively throughout Asia to work at conventions and learn from some of the best in the business, including the esteemed Japanese tattoo artistHoriyoshi III. Horiyume has cultivated his own signature custom tattoo style, which as can be seen in these pictures, is heavily influenced by Asian and specifically Japanese art, and he also is a practitioner of the traditional form of Japanese tattooing, tebori.
Should you wish to learn more, consultations are free. Feel free to stop by to ask any questions and appointments always guaranteed your space.
Some good, some bad, but we never judge. In Tattoo News out in Utah, a group of tattoo artists joined together to create ink for a good cause – Sexual Assault Awareness.
Sexual Assault is no joke, despite what recent comments by a major party candidate in the 2016 Presidential Election would imply. As a result, these Utah Artists linked up to ink up folks with a free pussy cat tattoo for the awareness and in many ways, inprotest of that comment made by the aforementioned candidate. If you missed it, imagine a rich, racist oompa loompa saying ‘Grab Em by the P***y.’
The cause was well-received and raised over $4000, during a special event in benefit of Utah Rape Recovery Center.
Our Waikiki Tattoo Studio has welcome some new blood into the family here at 434 Tattooand we’d like to introduce you to Michael Amaral aka Komb. Learn more about one of the newest in our ohana here!
Michael was referred by none another than a former member of our team and family member Marko Livingston. Marko has gone on to take on more solo work and has even opened his own Hawaii tattoo studio! Michael, Marko, and Horiyume Tattoo Adam are all bound by a common love for painting, in particular, graffiti!
Over the course of his journey, which took him from Campbell High School to the University of Hawaii, Michael has done music and went to school for architecture, which led him to explore painting further. He began to develop a deep appreciation for tattoos and has been an apprentice with our tattoo studio in Waikiki for 3 months.
Fun fact: He is also serving this country as a member of the US Navy, which has taken him overseas for work in Italy and Japan.
A push behind his drive to tattooing is because he loves to experience new things, see the finished tattoo product, and wants to share that joy with people who are seeking to experience it through their own new tattoos.
Check out Michael’s artwork on Instagram (@_kombism_) and watch the progression of this talented young artist!