Preview Before You Buy – Ink Hunter App Review

There’s a new app on the market that uses augmented reality to let prospective tattoo collector’s preview a tattoo concept before committing to it.

“That’s crazy, I would never use it.” Tattoo Adam (Horiyume), Owner and Lead Artist 434 Tattoo, of our Waikiki tattoo shop shared when he heard about the prospect.  “I was brought up in the old school…”

Horiyume’s tattoo training traces its roots to the old school traditions in the US and has extended to his inspiration from Japanese tattooing and mentorship by the legendary tattoo artist Horiyoshi III, who gave him the name of Horiyume in recognition of his time & commitment to the art.

But people will be people and though we can’t recommend this app, we know that folks out there will use it. As mentioned, the app allows for a tattoo concept to be previewed on the skin, which in theory can lead to less buyer remorse.  The problem there is that people might become more fickle in their tattoo choices.

“A tattoo should have great meaning to the the person getting it.” Horiyume adds.

An alternative that won’t have the same effect as actual ink (not that Ink Hunter could replace the real thing) is to consider getting a henna tattoo.  Henna will fade in time but if someone wants to really get an idea for what a piece could look like and what it’s like to live with such a creation, henna would be a bit more realistic than a project image that could be deleted with a swipe of the finger on a screen.

“Just get a real tattoo…”

If that’s how you feel, we’re here for you to get you that real tattoo feeling with a beautiful custom tattoo at one of Hawaii’s best tattoo studios.  You can thank us after!

434 Tattoo
Custom Tattooing LLC.

Directions:
434 Ena Road
Honolulu, Hawaii
96815

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

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Tattoo Revisions to Navy Policy

For many years, our blog has shared some the coolest and most controversial news about tattoos from around the world.  Today we learned of a super awesome change to the Navy’s tattoo policies!  Check it out from 13NewsNow!

“The Navy Personnel Command announced revisions to its personal appearance policy regarding tattoos last month.  It will take effect on April 30th of this year.  The Navy proclaimed that it recognizes the prevalence of tattoos, especially with millennials, the generation it is recruiting and wanting to retain. 

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens explained, “We need to make sure that we’re not missing any opportunities to recruit and retain the best and the brightest because of our policies.”

The revisions to the personal appearance policy permit the following:

• Multiple or large tattoos below the elbow or knee, including the wrists and hands.
• One neck tattoo, which includes behind the ear. This tattoo cannot exceed one inch in length or height in either or both directions.

It is important to note that no tattoos are allowed on the head, face (to include the ears) and scalp; and allowable tattoos on the torso cannot be visible when one is wearing his/her white uniform. These revisions also do not change the Navy’s rules concerning the content of tattoos and other body art anywhere on the body. 

The Navy’s administrative records specifically state: “Tattoos/body art/brands located anywhere on the body that are prejudicial to good order, discipline, and morale or are of a nature to bring discredit upon the naval service are prohibited. For example, tattoos/body art/brands that are obscene, sexually explicit, and/or advocate discrimination based on sex, race, religion, ethnic, or national origin are prohibited. In addition, tattoos/body art/brands that symbolize affiliation with gangs, supremacist or extremist groups, or advocate illegal drug use are prohibited.”

You can read more about these revisions by clicking here.”

So to all of our friends in the Navy who have been waiting to finish up their sleeves or to get a small tattoo on their necks, come on down! We’d love to ink ya at our Waikiki tattoo studio!

434 Tattoo is located at 434 Ena Rd. in Honolulu, Hawaii.  It is one of Hawaii’s best tattoo shops, having won multiple awards, and is run by Tattoo Adam Siehr (Horiyume).  Horiyume has over 20 years in the business and strives for excellent customer service and satisfication. The shop is open from 10a – 10p and contact info & directions can be found below.

434 Tattoo
Custom Tattooing LLC.

Directions:
434 Ena Road
Honolulu, Hawaii
96815

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

 

Accidental Tattoo Stories

Not all tattoo stories are created equally.

The New York Post and other news outlets reported that a woman got NBA player Jeremy Lin’s name tattooed in kanji recently… without knowing! Apparently, a friend told her it meant something else and only after getting the ink, did she learn that the tattoo was not what she thought.

Rather than get mad, this woman embraced it and became the ultimate Jeremy Lin fan, consuming information about him, watching videos, and even going so far as to buy a ticket to a Hornets game to see her ‘ink’ play in real life.  Lin, by all accounts a pretty cool guy, took a picture of a marker version of her ink and shared it on social media.

Moral of the story: Seek out an authority to find the meaning of something you are getting tattooed rather than blind faith.  

While this woman made the most out of the experience, not everyone will have the same response, or luck in having it represent something cool in a different way.

We welcome any custom tattoo questions that you might while you’re visiting our tattoo studio in Waikiki.  We have a wealth of experience and many contacts who can assist with just about any question.  Feel free to contact us today to schedule an appointment or to ask us a question!

Aloha!

434 Tattoo
Custom Tattooing LLC.

Directions:
434 Ena Road
Honolulu, Hawaii
96815

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

Tattoo Aftercare in Hawaii

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Did you know that Spring is the perfect time to get a tattoo in Hawaii?

Well, the majority of the year works well because we always have phenomenal weather but the Spring is great because it’s just a bit cooler and the times where the heat & humidity are higher aren’t fun at all to deal with a healing tattoo.

Here a few tattoo aftercare tips to aid in the recovery of your skin and for your tattoo to look awesome for a lifetime!

  1. Listen to your artist’s advice.  They do this for a living and have practices that they have found to work.
  2. Never re-bandage a tattoo.  Remove the bandage after an hour to protect the skin in the beginning and to start the recovery process.
  3. Wash your new tattoo at least twice a day.  You can take as many showers as you like during the day but it is important that you clean your skin where the tattoo is so that proper healing can take place.
  4. Apply a light layer of moisturizer so that your skin can breathe after you wash the new ink and throughout the day should it start to dry out.
  5. Avoid swimming in the ocean or a pool right after getting a tattoo. Bodies of water have a plethora of fun little micro-organisms that would love to make your open flesh their home. You don’t want them living and making their mess on you!
  6. Don’t stay in direct sunlight for long, or in general, if possible.  If you’re job or life prevents you from avoid the sun, wear losing, comfortable clothing that will allow you to move freely and not chafe the sensitive, healing skin.
  7. Once the tattoo is healed and you resume your activity in the, wear sunscreen.  The sun will damage your skin period and it can wreak havoc on a tattoo.
  8. If you notice any irregularities, contact your tattoo artist. They can let you know if something isn’t right.  If swelling persists for longer than a few days, consider seeing a doctor as you might have a reaction that is better to get checked out than not.
  9. Think positive thoughts while your skin recovers.  The tattoo should be a powerful, awesome memory that you live with for life so the more positivity you express, the better all will be.
  10. And take care.  You live in this body once so enjoy this motherfucker!

If you are in the market for a new tattoo this spring, come visit our tattoo shop in Waikiki! We have won multiple awards over the year as one of Hawaii’s best tattoo studios and we work hard to continue our proud tradition.

434 Tattoo is open 7 days a week, from 10a -10p and we’re happy to be of service for any and all of your inking needs.  Owned and operated by Tattoo Adam Siehr (Horiyume), we pride ourselves in great work and making you feel great!  So let’s make greatness whenever you are ready!

Aloha!

434 Tattoo
Custom Tattooing LLC.

Directions:
434 Ena Road
Honolulu, Hawaii
96815

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