Honolulu Tattoo Video Flashback

We shot this video almost a year back and just wanted to share it with you again.  It features Tattoo Adam going over the proper procedures for getting set up for a custom tattoo.

This video was shot in our Honolulu Tattoo Shop, the award-winning custom tattooing studio, 434 Tattoo.  Come in person, get treated the right way and get inked in style!

Adam Siehr, President and Proud Owner
434 Tattoo
Custom Tattooing LLC.

Directions:
434 Ena Road
Honolulu, Hawaii
96815

Contact:
mailto:adamsiehr@gmail.com
1-808-391-8287

Tattoo News: Beware Bad Ink

We recently did an article on the safety of tattoo inks and wanted to follow that up with some more information that was brought to our attention to keep you, our valued customer and fan, taken care of.

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) reported that there has been a number of reports of skin infections and the source has been confirmed and traced back to a bad batch of tattoo ink.  The following quote taken from another article, goes into more detail:

“After an investigation, officials traced the bad tattoo ink back to three different types of Catfish Carl’s Realistic Washes in Arizona. The maker, 4 Forty 4 Tattoo of Tucson then recalled the batches after officials learned they were contaminated with the bacteria behind the skin outbreaks.”

It is important to note that this is an excruciating circumstance, and great precautions are taken to protect the client by your tattoo artists.  Our team in our Hawaii Tattoo shop in particular undergoes extensive training and licensing as mandated by Hawaii Tattoo Laws.  Whether the ink is bad or not, it is also very important that the customer be mindful of proper tattoo after-care.

Something else that the article goes onto to state that you can apply to Life in general can be summed up as:

If you get a bad feeling, you should leave.

Whether it’s a tattoo shop, a relationship, a job, whatever, if you don’t feel so good about something, it’s probably best to “hele on” as they say here in Hawaii.

From your friends here at 434 Tattoo who just want to keep you posted in all the happenings in the tattoo industry, the good, the bad, the ugly, take care, and don’t be afraid to ask your artist questions.

Adam Siehr, President and Proud Owner
434 Tattoo
Custom Tattooing LLC.

Directions:
434 Ena Road
Honolulu, Hawaii
96815

Contact:
mailto:adamsiehr@gmail.com
1-808-391-8287

 

Hawaii Tattoo Shops: 434 Tattoo is Growing

Change is in the air at our tattoo shop in Waikiki, 434 Tattoo, with Doubledown, growing through his apprenticeship and working more, in addition to our three Full-Time Hawaii Tattoo Artists, led by Tattoo Adam, owner of our shop and custom tattooist with 20 years of experience, it was time for a change.

“We picked up an additional space behind our shop,” Adam shares, “and are growing into it.”

 

Adam is pictured above, literally above on the second level of the new addition.  The space is developing an artist’s station, and may feature a pull-out mat, for people to lay down and get tattooed.  “That’s how it is in Japan.”

The new room has space for two artists on the lower level and one on the upper deck.  “We could have up to 5 artists working at one time.”

With change, comes new opportunity, oftentimes adversity, but that’s just Life isn’t it?

Our Waikiki tattoo parlor, is open 7 days a week from 10a to 10p and is conveniently located at 434 Ena Rd., close to Wailana Coffee House, the military Hale Koa Hotel, and in between the famous Ala Moana Beach Park and Waikiki Strip.  Come on down, say hello, and get your free consultation, ink, and more!

 

The Life of a Tattoo Artist: The Road Taken…

“If you want to get a tattoo in Hawaii,” A customer says, Adamʻs place is where itʻs at!”

This woman and her husband vacation once yearly in Hawaii, originally from here, both her and her husband are civilian employees with the Federal Government and return home to visit family and friends. A tradition they adopted in the last few years, getting a custom tattoo.

“I love tattooing!” says Tattoo Adam, Owner of Honolulu Tattoo Parlor, 434 Tattoo. In what has become 20 years of tattooing this year, Adam has inked all across the US, traveled around the world to tattoo, and has seen his fair share of things while being a part of the tattoo industry. Itʻs hard not to think of Adam and tattoos going hand in hand, but he wasnʻt always a Custom Tattooist. And oftentimes, many people like to ask the question:

How to become a tattoo artist?

In his days as a youth in Milwaukee, Adam started out in Life as a skateboarder. But unlike many who ride skateboards or participate in activities, which prior to the X-Games, were considered Counter Culture, Adam didnʻt drink or do drugs.

“At one point I belonged to a Straight Edge band.” The Straight Edge reference being to the movement that one current WWE Pro Wrestling Champion, CM Punk, is a part of, and a lifestyle that involves no alcohol or drugs.

Shortly before getting involved in that movement, Adam was an Anti Racist Skinhead, protesting the ignorance of discrimination firsthand. Along the way, with the different hats he wore, Adam got into graffiti, his natural ability and love for art finding their expression.

From the spray of the paint to the buzz of that tattoo machine, Adam found his home in tattooing and has not looked back since.

Like many other Paths in Life, Adamʻs has been unique. Maybe your Path will weave in with his the next time you are looking for that tattoo in Hawaii… Speaking of which, isnʻt it time you got a new tattoo?

Weʻll see you at 434 Ena Rd…

Custom Tattoo Stories: Circles

In Polynesian tradition (and probably other places), the idea of closing circles means that something has come to a close.  In some parts of the world, people tattoo a circle for the same reason.  Our tattoo shop in Waikiki, 434 Tattoo has tattooed circles, squares, pegs, lions, and tigers, and bears oh my!

Hawaii Tattoo Artist Andy Burley is a big fan of The Lion King, which talks about The Circle of Life as well.

But all jokes aside, this custom tattoo story by Tattoo Adam, has a personal note to it…

“Some years back when I was still tattooing in Las Vegas,” Tattoo Adam begins, “a customer of mine came in and he wanted a series of circles, the story behind it had to do with the different circles in Life.  It was based on something that he believed…

“He was the owner of a famous nightclub in Las Vegas and he told me that I should read this book that described this philosophy that he subscribed to in Life based on the Circles one goes through as they Journey in Life.”  Adam continues.

Shortly after getting tattooed, the gentlemen went on a trip with his girlfriend and another couple in Florida.  While driving, they got into an accident, driving into water, and this customer passed as well as the girlfriend in the other couple.

“It was weird when I heard about that, one of each couple, one man, one woman, both passed away.  I almost feel like maybe by getting that, it jinxed him.  It was sad because he had everything going for him and was very successful in his life.”

Resident Mystic/Editor JMAW has this to say on the subject: “When a circle is closed, it can mean completion.  While we can never know why someone goes when they do, especially in tragic and unexpected ways at a young age, perhaps comfort can be found in that this man had honored the Circles of Life that his Soul was here to process.”

We wish you well Buddy, wherever you are…

Tattoo Shops in Honolulu

Want to get that perfect piece to commemorate your trip? Need to find the right place to get tattooed in Hawaii? Well friends, look no further! Our multiple time best tattooing studio on Oahu is here to serve you and all your custom tattooing needs!
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Our tattoo studio in Honolulu, 434 Tattoo, is open 7 days a week from 10a to 10 p by appointment, and walk-ins are always welcome! We are led by Tattoo Adam and have a talented team of Hawaii Tattoo Artists more than willing to assist you! We also offer free consultations to everyone just so that you get the opportunity to sit with our professional artists and discuss what you want to get inked. Where some places charge you for that, we don’t charge until you get decide to get inked!

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You can easily find us at 434 Ena Road, nearby the Hale Koa Hotel and Wailana Coffee House. We offer a number of the best tattoo deals in Hawaii so come on down… It’d be nice to ink ya!

Tattooed in Hawaii Q & A: How Safe are the Inks?

There is a question that comes up from time to time and it is logical why people would ask it:

How safe are the inks?

For newcomers getting tattooed in Hawaii (or wherever for that matter), safety is a very reasonable concern.  Our Honolulu Tattoo Artists undergo extensive training, testing, are both certified and licensed by the State of Hawaii Department of Health, and are more than willing to answer any questions about safety or any questions about your new tattoo for that matter.

Which brings us back to the issue of how safe is tattoo ink?

Today, tattoo ink is very safe because there are expiration dates, all ingredients are listed on the newer inks, and companies keep track of each batch.  For example,Eternal Tattoo Supplyis sure to have a lot number in addition to the previously mentioned items that are listed.  All ingredients in the ink are required to be approved by the Health Administration and meet safety standards in accordance with various laws.

This wasnʻt always the case though, as ink formerly had Mercury in it.  In time, people had reactions to the Mercury and things have since changed.

One other thing that has changed relating to ink: in the past, Custom Tattoo Artists could by bags of powder and mix their own inks.  If you mixed your ink properly, it could last you a lifetime!  Supply companies wised up along the way and realized they could make more money by selling only the ink it would seem.

Thank you for your questions and concerns about tattooing and safety.  Be sure to visit us online and in the shop for any other concerns and to learn more about the custom tattoo process!  Our tattoo studio in Waikiki is located at 434 Ena Road and we are open 7 days a week from 10a to 10p by appointment but walk-ins are always welcome!

Adam Siehr, President and Proud Owner
434 Tattoo
Custom Tattooing LLC.

Directions:
434 Ena Road
Honolulu, Hawaii
96815

Contact:
mailto:adamsiehr@gmail.com
1-808-391-8287