2014 is almost in the books with just a few sets of 24 hours left!
Did you achieve all of your goals for the year? Are you ready for a new list of resolutions that inevitably will be hard or damn near impossible to keep? Here’s an idea that goes along with the title of this blog:
Embarking on getting a custom tattoo can be an exciting and fulfilling journey and if you plan for it to kick off the New Year, you will have started the year off with a fun project to work on over the year (or however long you choose for it to reach completion).
Our team of talented and highly experienced tattoo artists specialize in a wide variety of tattoo styles and can custom tattoo just about anything you can think of!
Our Hawaii custom tattoos shop is open 7 days a week from 10a-10p (unless otherwise noted) and you can contact us at any time to schedule an appointment.
While the internet connects us and can be beautiful to share knowledge, it’s a little concerning that people can watch a video about tattooing with a sewing needle and think they are ready to go…
One of the most interesting points from the article was that in light of a recent outbreak of infections relating to some ink, a number of home tattoo kits were recalled by the FDA!
Another point to consider is that while some people might be okay with the diy tattoos, everyone’s immune system is different and for people with a weak immune system, an amateur tattoo done at a home could be particularly dangerous.
To each her/his own but the damages of a bad tattoo can last a lifetime and turn someone off from returning to correct it or getting a tattoo that is properly applied by a professional tattoo artist: someone who went through the rigors of training to learn the proper methods of tattooing and is sanctioned and licensed by the governing body where s/he lives.
Horiyume Tattoo Adam is off-island until the 29th but the shop will be open. Now’s a great time to schedule appointments so that we can maximize your time with the Holiday Buzz still continuing through the New Year.
Take care and let’s get your ink on! Knuckle tattoo anybody?
I know someone who waited well over a decade (they started to date in high school) into his relationship with the mother of his three children, after 11 years of marriage, who would get the name of her tattooed, only for infidelity on her part to occur shortly after.
Now it’s hard to blame the tattoo for that but many people aren’t fans of getting name tattoos for reasons other than superstition. Maybe its because we see how celebrities live their lives and the outcomes of that…
What you choose to put on your body is your choice alone and that’s totally cool. It’s probably a good practice to think long and hard if you want a lover’s name on your body unless you approach it like this guy, who got his lady’s name on his stomach and kept it because of her importance in his Life. That’s pretty cool, imo.
That being said, if you ever have a tattoo of your last lover’s name (or initial) on you and want to get rid of it, you always have the option to cover it up. We specialize in custom tattoos, including Tattoo coverups in Hawaii. Our team can easily help you feel good about that tattoo and that area of skin once more! Stop by 7 days a week to learn more and to get a consultation. We’re happy to assist and are here to help you have an exciting tattoo journey!
A tattoo is for Life for sure but if something happens where it’s botched or you prefer coverup vs. laser tattoo removal, we got ya!
In a recent blog, we introduced you, awesome Readers(!!!), to Prince Vallar, who tattooed the wealthy and upper class in Scotland. Tattoos and the different places they have occupied amidst popular opinion are about as fluctuating as the tide!
It was reported in a recent article found online that the attitudes about tattoos are changing, at least among the people in Afghanistan. One of the residual effects of the war there this past decade had was an influx of Western culture.
Whether that’s bad or good is relative to what your own values are, but it’s cool to hear that more people are getting tattoos in Afghanistan these days. Though tattoo parlors are still illegal in Afghanistan (it can get you arrested and imprisoned!), many people get them anyway and can be seen sporting them in public, which years ago, wouldn’t have happened, and if it did, you can bet there would have been a punishment to fit the crime!
It’s positive to see that the trade we ply is getting more acceptance in pockets around the world! Hopefully, some day tattoo shops will be legalized because there can be some great health risks that come with untrained homemade tattoos.
We are equally hopeful that one of these days, people will not be so judgmental of body modification but that remains to be seen…
At our tattoo studio in Waikiki, 434 Tattoo, it’s all legal, and all good. Our team of talented tattoo artists are licensed by the Hawaii State Department of Health and are current with safe standards from back in the day to new advances along the way. Come on down to 434 Ena Road for a consultation and we’ll be happy to ink you without you feeling like you have to keep it on the down low
Were you on Santa’s good list this past year? Or did you make the naughty list for some of your extra-curricular activities? Whatever the case may be, with the season of gift-giving going on aplenty, it’s reasonable to think that people will ask for tattoos this Holiday season from loved ones or treat themselves to a present.
Tattoos as a gift? Sure, a Holiday tattoo is a no brainer!
While we are all for you expressing yourself and the Holidays are generally a nice time, it might not be the best choice to get the Holiday tattoos below:
For more Holiday tattoos and the article that inspired this post, check out this link. For your Holiday tattoo, check us out at 434 Ena Rd. 434 Tattoo, our Waikiki tattoo shop is open from 10am until 10pm, every day of the week and our award-winning team has decades of experience.
We’re here to help you give the gift of tattoo this Holiday Season!
Came across two very interesting statements circulating the web recently that sparked some thoughts…
“Everybody that isn’t really aware of the newer trends in tattooing is just hung up on the stereotype that they’re shady and for bikers or gang members, just very seedy overall,” says Jerry Cross in an article about the opening of a new tattoo studio he owns with a few friends.
Another statement that catches the eye is the following headline:
The article is about an interview with his wife, Angelina Jolie, and both very well-known actors have ink. So it’s a bit interesting to hear that he specifically doesn’t want their daughters to get ink. She is quoted in the Fox News piece as saying:
“How do I say ‘No’? It’s especially hard for dads and girls,” she said. “For some reason men get a little more sensitive when the daughter gets a tattoo.”
It’s hard to fathom why the statement is aimed at just the daughters and not the sons. It is easy to see why a parent might not want their child to have the same experiences, especially in the case where someone experienced tattoo discrimination. But Pitt and Jolie have done pretty well for themselves so it’s doubtful the tattoos are all that bad.
For every step forward the artform takes, it seems like something happens that reinforces those sad, negative stereotypes that just aren’t true of everyone. There are tons of criminals and assholes who have no ink.
The tattoo isn’t the problem. There are great people who do alot for their communities who have tattoos. Tattooists are artists and for every stereotype, there are countless numbers of folks who break that mold.
The issue of discrimination runs a bit beyond just skin deep… and that type of ish is just a part of humanity and the problem will exist until we figure out a way to flush it.
But fear not!
Our tattoos here at 434 Tattoo are free from bullshit and our awesome tattoo studio in Waikiki is open 24/7, from 10a to 10p. We specialize in custom tattooing and can intricately perform a number of styles including Asian tattoos, Hawaiian tattoo designs, & traditional old school tattoos and new school tattoos. We also have many books and tattoo flash available for you to review.
Bring your tattoo ideas and yourself and show solidarity against ignorance and stereotypes and come on down to get your ink on!
We stumbled across this article recently about one of the old-school tattoo artists in Scotland, Prince Vallar. It’s believed that Prince Vallar would make house-calls to create tattoos for his clientele, opened a “pop-up shop” to create ink, and eventually owned Scotland’s first recorded tattoo shop.
The article states: “By 1911 he was working as a “society tattooist” in 1911 at a time when the fashion for tattoos among the upper classes of Victorian and Edwardian Britain was already in decline.”
The shop he would later open (1934) is a testament to his work and the ability to continue plying his trade despite what cultural trends may have been. Here’s to you and all the other tattoo artists who have paved the way before us!
While tattoos are gaining more mainstream acceptance, stories like this just show that everything happens in trends and waves and things can change.
Despite change, the best and the consistent among us always rise above.
If you’re looking for a tattoo or have an idea about one that you need help figuring out, swing on by our friendly neighborhood tattoo studio in Waikiki.
Good question! Here are a couple ideas to consider when coming up with a tattoo for the first time or you are continuing your tattoo journey with your artist.
1. Have an idea for a tattoo…
As cool as it is to just get a tattoo, it’s probably a better long-term practice to have an idea or a theme that you are looking for. Remember, you have to live with this and the only way out of it once it’s on, is laser tattoo removal or a tattoo cover-up. The goal of getting a tattoo isn’t removing it later but we’re human, we change, so again while the option exists, it’s a better practice going in with an idea of what you’re looking for.
2. Bring pictures of your tattoo idea
This lets your artist know what direction you want to go while also allowing the artist to express their own take on the idea.
3. Collaborate with your artist
Tattoo artists are the best resources available. Sure you can use Instagram or Google tons of pics but artists (should) have books of their past work, stencils of past and upcoming work, and books in the shop that you can use for reference. Ask your artist her/his influences and what artists inspire them. Just like the quote above, ask and see what challenges the artist enjoys. You will end up with an experience created out of your collaborative efforts and it will be more fulfilling to all involved.
4. Listen to your artist
As much as the tattoo is yours, it’s also the work of the tattoo artist. Great artists are not only talented in created art but in seeing where it fits and flows best on your body. You wouldn’t go to a custom bike mechanic and tell them to build you a chopper without an engine. Don’t go to a tattoo artist and tell them what you don’t know.
5. Have fun with it
Getting a tattoo is an exciting experience. It’s an expression of who you are. It documents where you are at in your life when you get it. It’s biologically an adrenaline rush. Have fun!
Our tattoo studio in Waikiki is open 7 days a week from 10a to 10p. Scheduled appointments are awesome while walk-ins are also welcome. Come on down and let’s ink you together!