A Big Mahalo

A big Mahalo or “Thank You” in Hawaiian to all of our clientele, our website visitors, guests, friends, fam-bam, and more from all around the world for tuning in to the authority online about Custom Tattoos, 434 Tattoo.

It’s a trip to think that people in Morocco and Brazil are reading about Tattoo Adam and our Hawaii Tattoo Shop, while at the same time people in the mainland US are reading our stories told in ink, and people from Australia are in the shop getting tatted themselves by Adam, Marko, Andy, or Doubledown.

We are truly entering a global era and as much flack as the Internet gets for being like that Dave Chappelle Internet skit from years ago, you know that one where he goes in and sees the Pop-up ads, the porn room, and so forth, it has the potential to help people collaborate and bring us together.

And help you find your next tattooist!

Be sure to check out our Waikiki Tattoo Shop the next time you are in Honolulu.  We are open 12/7 from 10a to 10p, all consultations and touch-ups are free, and we have the best in Hawaii Tattoo Deals around!

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

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A Story Told in Ink: Are you ready?

“Are you ready?” Tattoo Adam asks me as I lay face down on the table.  I wasn’t expecting to get the custom tiger tattoo stencil in our Waikiki Tattoo Studio that day, I thought I was just going to be seeing it.  Somewhat of a whirlwind later, there I am, face down on the table, a giant tiger about to be put on my back.  And I find myself asking the question that I have asked over and over again: what am I doing with my life?

And what a whirlwind it’s been.  The first tattoo I ever wanted was a tiger going across the top of my back.  This was when I was 20 or 21.  I wouldn’t get my first tattoo until I was 30 because I went into the “professional world” and mingled in politics and all types of things and services because I thought life was all about helping and serving others.  Before I knew it, my 20’s were over as was a large portion of the rest of my life because of some events that were beyond my control, but it seems, that Life was saying, JMAW, you’re ready.  But ready for what, right?

I was always interested in the Spiritual realm and each tattoo I have has a story, tells something about my spiritual journey up until this point and I’m guessing will continue to do so throughout my life.

I hear the buzz of the machine, it’s hypnotic, but as I lay there, I was asking myself what am I doing because I don’t if I’m ready…  But before I can answer the questions, I feel the burning sensation of the needle.

Sensations shoot throughout my body, wondering what I’m doing and why I’m doing it.  I recalled last summer, meditating and seeing a tiger come out of a cave.  I’d had a dream many years ago of entering a cave alone and all that I could see were the many eyes staring back at me. When my life went a little “off” I knew it was time to do the Inner Work, take my spiritual walk if you will, before I could go back to “business as usual” as UFC President Dana White likes to say.

So I prayed, I meditated, I learned to trust my intuition.  Each tattoo a reminder, a ritual form of healing.

“Should I talk?”  I ask, trying to distract myself from the feeling of the needle hitting the nerve endings along my spinal cord.  “No, just enjoy every minute of it…”  Adam replies.

My first tattoo was on my ribs, a reminder to live from a place of love and not fear.  I had a dream of a lion in its place that night and two more sessions later on that area adding lion tattoos, I figured, okay, I can keep doing it because it’s like that song, the first cut is the deepest you know and I chose to go really painful first in order to ease along later [I know, idiot, right?]

There were alot of other life lessons and so on mixed in but learning to go the route of living from love and not fear certainly helped in dealing with the unexpected which will surely arrive.  Kind of like this tattoo, Adam was like Life, telling me I was ready, even though I didn’t know if I was, just like that unexpected bundle of joy or whatever that shows up in our daily lives.

Because that’s it, you know?  You gotta keep moving forward through what comes because if it’s there, you’re ready for it.  At the start of each tattoo session, during, and at the conclusion, I marvel at how I know the pain won’t last, and what’s in it’s place is awesome. Just like the pain of life, when a wound heals, the scar can be a beautiful reminder.

In what was intensely long and now as I write, so far away, I realize I’m ready.  I’d had a number of dreams of a tiger crawling down my neck.  I suppose it knew it’s place all along was at my back as it exited the cave, the rabbit hole, the Matrix, the yada yada yada that my spiritual musings and meanderings have been.

And now I’m back. Not like The Terminator “I’ll be back” style but like literally, new career, new lease on life.  I’m going to appreciate this because the waves rise and fall man, and life will have more challenges and adversity in store, that’s just the nature of it…

Big Thx to Tattoo Adam and 434 Ohana for welcoming me on as the Blogger/Writer and helping me piece together elements of this crazy, wonderful journey.

JMAW for Honolulu Tattoo Studio 434 Tattoo.

Hawaii Tattoo News: Tagging Trains

We love trains at 434 Tattoo and tag model railroad cars for people in addition to tattooing out of our Honolulu Tattoo Shop.  But here’s a little some some extra to reflect on when it comes to real trains…

With the Honolulu Mass Transit Project aka the Honolulu Rail rolling forward and the upcoming Hawaii State Legislative Session creeping along, it’s time for people to talk about the inevitable: taggers.  We love a good tag as much as the next art aficionado but graffiti is illegal people and we’re not bout that, that!

Taggers or graffiti artists have been known to “bomb” or paint trains, walls, and so forth all over the world.  Where rail projects are already completed, rail cars and trains have been hit by graffiti artists all across the United States.  The stations have even been hit.  It’s inevitable that the trains in Hawaii and the stations will also be hit.

Tattoo Adam suggested that lawmakers consider the idea of making a designated art area for taggers to release their graffiti.  Legal graffiti walls have been discussed for many years now and offer artists and cities alike a way to co-create and respect communities.

It remains to be seen what will happen with this issue but out-of-the-box thinking such as that of Tattoo Adam’s would surely be welcome in our State.  Hmmm, it is an election year…

We are 434 Tattoo and we love this community! Oh yeah, we tattoo as well ; )

Hawaii Tattoo History: A Little Somethin’ Something About Sailor Jerry

“My works speaks for itself.” Sailor Jerry

At our Christmas party last week, we had a documentary playing in the background of one of tattoo’s legends…  No, not Tattoo Adam, who tattooed Mike Tyson, and has been in the game for almost twenty years.  Good guess since Tattoo Adam is the owner and founder of Honolulu tattoo studio, 434 Tattoo.

This blog takes a peak at Sailor Jerry, who sailed the Pacific and ended up settling in Hawaii.  The OG of Tattooists, Sailor Jerry had his own Oahu Tattoo shop, located on Smith Street.  Here’s another piece of Tattoo history and nostalgia that you may or may not know.

Sailor Jerry, who’s Tattoo Flash is popular to this day and a must in almost every shop, real name was Norm Collins.  He is actually buried in the Punchbowl Cemetary, a monument to Veterans here on the island of Oahu.  So next time you’re visiting our Waikiki Tattoo shop or the islands, you might want to pop over and pay respects to the the man who influenced a huge amount of tattooing today.

The clip above advertises the Sailor Jerry documentary we caught during the Christmas Party and we just wanted to share our love for a fellow Hawaii Tattoo artist, a Legend, and an inspiration to many of our tattooists and tattoo lovers.

And in case you can’t get enough of Tattoo Adam, we’re working on putting a documentary of him together (check out our Tattoo Videos).  Or you can also come down and hook up your own free consultation for a custom tattoo in Hawaii with him.

434 Tattoo
Custom Tattooing LLC.

Directions:
434 Ena Road
Honolulu, Hawaii
96815

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

Hawaii Tattoo: 434 Tattoo, A Year in Review

Another year is winding down at our Waikiki tattoo parlour, 434 Tattoo, and while Lil Wayne or Wiz Khalifa skipped out at our offers to tattoo them, we still had a monumental year since starting this humble online publication but a blink of a year ago (flashback to our first ever post).

In January, we got off to a famous start as Marko inked Grammy Award winning Rap Superstar T-Pain!  T-Pain got the real pain and Marko sketched and did a small piece for him while he was on the island.  And T-, if you want some more pain, Marko’s got you on the Tattoo removal:

Just joking and onto February, Tattoo Adam inked this custom lion tattoo, a sequel to the first piece you’ll see soon enough:

As the Ides of March rolled in, we remembered the Waikiki Tattoo shop, Hart and Huntington, who saw their doors closed.  We wonder who was surprised by the short tenure of the corporate tattoo shop?  In Hawaii, where our Oahu tattoo parlor is located, they say that the rain is a blessing, while April showered, we were showered with a visit from tattooist, Ariano Delano.

May was a big month for us.  Tattoo Adam took off on an adventure in the Philippines, and JMAW, joined the 434 Tattoo Ohana as Blogger/Content Editor.  Here’s his first piece with us:

Oh, wait, meant to put his first written piece, that’s the first custom tattoo he ever had from Tattoo Adam.  June saw our team member, tattoo artist Andy Burley get married by Minister Adam (he wears many hats) and our shop g0t featured in the new island publication, 808 Ink Magazine.  They might have some typos but you can’t mistake the custom ink coutesy of Tattoo Adam.

In July, we had a few laughs courtesy of a cheerleader with some attitude, and were visited by another celebrity as fashion and jewelry designer of Rock’n’Roll Couture, Amal Guessous, stopped by.

August came on down and we explored the world of facial tattoos, polynesian tattoo style and in September, the fun didn’t stop as we started to take you behind the scenes with our Tattoo videos.  Adam and Marko took ‘Center Stage’ and were featured in an Art Show.  We even did a public service announcement about tattoos.

As we entered Fall, October saw us drop a little 411 about the history of the tattoo laws in Hawaii, and we also held our first ever Military Appreciation Month in November.  November was a huge month in general as Hawaii was the site of APEC 2011 and our deals didn’t stop as we offered more appreciation deals to the agencies to come in and get some ink done. What else you ask? Well, Adam and Arlita’s son, Andrew celebrated his first birthday!!!  And we broke into the Google Top Ten in a category which eluded us for some time.  That Google…

Marko even cut a commercial for us!

And that pretty much brings you up to date to December.  It’s been a crazy year and from our crazy (in a good way) crew to yours, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.  We’re looking forward to putting a piece of beauty on you soon.

434 Tattoo
Custom Tattooing LLC.

Directions:
434 Ena Road
Honolulu, Hawaii
96815

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

Hawaii Tattoo Shop: Proper Health Procedures

It’s hard to get tattooists to agree on what is the proper way to do things, like one proper, exact way. For example, not all tattoo artists shave an area before a tattoo.  Or some use saran wrap to bandage a tattoo versus placing a more conventional bandage.

It’s kind of like anything in life, when you get people together who have their own take on what works from their vast training as well as their experience.  That’s why it’s important to have a regulating body, to develop and share proper procedures that the State you are licensed in ask for, such as the Hawaii State Department of Health.

In the State of Hawaii, after getting a tattoo, it is required as per Regulation 11-17-10-H that after a tattoo: “the entire area is covered with a sterile dressing.”  In this video, Tattoo Adam demonstrates the proper way to bandage a freshly tattooed area of the body with sterile gauze.

Wikipedia’s entry about medical dressing lists a sterile dressing as:

“…modern dressings [1] include gauzes (which may be impregnated with an agent designed to help sterility or to speed healing), films, gels, foams, hydrocolloids, alginates, hydrogels and polysaccharide pastes, granules and beads. Many gauze dressings have a layer of nonstick film over the absorbent gauze to prevent the wound from adhering to the dressing. Dressings can be impregnated with antiseptic chemicals, as in boracic lint or where medicinal Castor oil was used in the first surgical dressings [2]

We feel it’s important to do things appropriately and take care of all of our clientele, who we like to hanai (adopt) and make a part of Ohana (family).  And why wouldn’t you want the best for your family?

The custom tattooists at our Waikiki tattoo studio all are certified by the Hawaii State Department of Health and we are proud members of the Alliance of Professional Tattooists.  We are also the multiple time recipients of the Consumer Business Review’s Award for Custom Tattooing Studio of the Year in Hawaii.

In an upcoming blog, we will demonstrate the proper way to dress a custom tattoo!  Thanks for tuning in and we’ll see you soon at our Hawaii tattoo shop in Waikiki, 434 Tattoo!

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

Motorcycles, Tattoos, Hawaii, 434, & Kick-Only

Here’s some photos from Tattoo Adam‘s journey across the island to Waipahu to check out the Oahu Custom Motorcycle Shop, Kick-Only Motorcycles.

Owner, Nikola Spajic, hard at work:

Nik is a state certified and licensed motorcycle mechanic in Hawaii, and has had a unique journey himself.  He came to Hawaii on a Basketball Scholarship and attended HPU, where he got his MBA.  He then went to Florida and trained at the American Motorcycle Institute. Graduating atop his class at AMI, he came back to the islands to work in the local motorcycle industry.

Kick-Only is located at 94-147 Leokāne St, Bay #6B Waipahu, Hawai‘i 96797 and  the Honolulu motorcycle shop is open Monday – Saturday from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm (closed on Sundays).  They can be reached at 808-382-7941 during business hours or you can email kickonlymotorcycles@gmail.com

So check out the homie, Nik, at Kick-Only, where even your motorcycle will get some TLC.

And check our Hawaii Tattoo shop for our own brand of TLC, Tattooed Loving Care!

434 Tattoo
Custom Tattooing LLC.

Directions:
434 Ena Road
Honolulu, Hawaii
96815

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