Japanese Tattoos by Hand in Hawaii

Long a goal of Tattoo Adam, and inspired further by his recent trip to Thailand and experiences there, Tebori and hand-poking tattoos are on the horizon for the Hawaii Custom Tattoo Shops Owner.


“Last year was a tough year and my vision for the space (pictured above) was clouded, but now I’m ready to go into it.”  Adam shares candidly, having faced some trials and tribulations in 2013.  Despite the adversity, Adam is as determined as ever to keep evolving and getting better as a custom tattoo artist.

“When I was young, I was drawn to Asian tattoos.” he continues and has often shared.  Having frequented Japan and Thailand, Adam has had the opportunity to get tattooed by and learn from such legends in traditional methods as Horiyoshi III, the Japanese tattoo master, and a number of Thai Tattoo Monks, who you can read most recently about in the Thai Tattoo Experience series. 


Tebori is something I’ve always wanted to do.”  Adam says about the Japanese style of tattooing by hand.  For a cool explanation of Tebori, check out this blurb from InkArm.com:

“Tebori is the traditional Japanese style of hand tattooing. It is believed to have risen to prominence in Japan during the 18th or 19th century; as professional tattooists first appeared in the capital city of Edo. Traditionally, the process is done entirely by hand; Even the crafting of the tool took on a special significance.  Steel needles were arranged in rows, and tied to a long handle of bamboo which would rest across the thumb of the tattooist’s left hand; with the end of the handle grasped in his right.”- See more here.

From InkArmy.com
From InkArmy.com

Freehand tattoos and hand-poked tattoos are not a new thing in the tattoo world nor are they new at our tattoo studio in Waikiki.  Our team of talented Hawaii Tattoo artists are a part of an award-winning studio, voted the Honolulu’s Best Custom Tattooing Studio for multiple years and counting!  Check out this blog about Karl Juthans and his hand-poked work.

Feel free to contact us any time to learn more about the different tattoo styles and what we can do for you.  We are open 7 days a week, rain or shine, from 10a to 10p and are happy to set you up with a free consultation!

If you’re interested in getting Tebori work done, ask for Tattoo Adam and he will consult with you to see what you’re needs and interests are.

Take care and come and get inked today!

The 411 about 434:

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

434 Ena Road
Honolulu, Hawaii

mailto: adamsiehr@gmail.com

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