What to expect when getting a tattoo?

There are many reasons people get tattooed.  And everyone, is a first-timer at some point in their tattoo journey.  Whether it’s a one & done experience or tattoo collecting for a lifetime, it is still important to have an idea of what to expect when you are going to get a tattoo.

Here are some general expectations and etiquette that are good for anyone to know!

  1.  Have an idea.  Just telling your artist that you want a tattoo is going to get you nowhere.  You absolutely have to have an idea so that the artist can guide you in choosing a style, a template, flash, or in her/his own efforts to create a custom tattoo for you.
  2. Have more than an idea?  Bring pictures.  A picture will help further refine the idea that you like.  Telling your artist you want a bird and knowing what type of bird, how it looks, will go a long way in creating a satisfying piece.
  3. Make an appointment.  Though walk-ins are always welcome at most shops, if you want to guarantee your space and time, an appointment will go a long way.
  4. Listen and be respectful.  Your artist is a skilled professional who has put in years and hours upon hours to be where they are at.  They know more about the art and its placement on the human body than your novice eyes.  If they tell you something about where a piece will look best, they know.
  5. Take care of the tattoo.  You spent money, time, and energy in getting a tattoo.  Your artist worked hard.  Listen to what s/he has to say about tattoo after-care and take care of it.  While touch-ups are often free, a properly cared for tattoo will heal great and last.

These are just a handful of general tips to factor in along your tattoo journey.  Now let’s get you inked!  Our Waikiki tattoo studio is open 7 days a week, 10a – 10p.  Walk-ins are welcome, appointments guarantee your space, and we offer free consultations.

Come on down to 434 Tattoo!

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 Ohana in Hawaii

Recently some of our extended tattoo ohana visited our tattoo shop in Waikiki for a visit, some ink, and fellowship all the way from the 9th Island of Hawaii, Las Vegas!20161023_123855

As always, our doors are open to people from all over and we strive to make this the happiest place around!

We are open 7 days a week, from 10am to 10pm, and offer free consultations on all custom tattoos. Our team specializes in all forms of the art, with Owner Horiyume Tattoo Adam also offering tebori style traditional Japanese tattooing!

Come on down and join the family!

434 Tattoo
Custom Tattooing LLC.

Directions:
434 Ena Road
Honolulu, Hawaii
96815

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

In the Spotlight – Tattoo Apprentice Michael Amaral

Our Waikiki Tattoo Studio has welcome some new blood into the family here at 434 Tattoo and we’d like to introduce you to Michael Amaral aka Komb.  Learn more about one of the newest in our ohana here!

Michael was referred by none another than a former member of our team and family member Marko Livingston.  Marko has gone on to take on more solo work and has even opened his own Hawaii tattoo studio!  Michael, Marko, and Horiyume Tattoo Adam are all bound by a common love for painting, in particular, graffiti!

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Over the course of his journey, which took him from Campbell High School to the University of Hawaii, Michael has done music and went to school for architecture, which led him to explore painting further. He began to develop a deep appreciation for tattoos and has been an apprentice with our tattoo studio in Waikiki for 3 months.

Fun fact: He is also serving this country as a member of the US Navy, which has taken him overseas for work in Italy and Japan.

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A push behind his drive to tattooing is because he loves to experience new things, see the finished tattoo product, and wants to share that joy with people who are seeking to experience it through their own new tattoos.

Check out Michael’s artwork on Instagram (@_kombism_) and watch the progression of this talented young artist!

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To get a tattoo with us, holla!

434 Tattoo
Custom Tattooing LLC.

Directions:
434 Ena Road
Honolulu, Hawaii
96815

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

 

Looking for an Asian Tattoo in Hawaii

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Are you excited to get a brand new Asian tattoo in Hawaii? Searching for a Hawaii tattoo shop specializing in Japanese tattoos?

Look no further!

Our tattoo studio in Waikiki is ready to rock for you!

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We have a talented team that specializes in custom tattooing so you are sure to get an original, new piece.  Led by Horiyume Tattoo Adam Siehr, we strive to give the best service around and aim to be the happiest place you’ll visit each day you stop by!

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Horiyume has over 23 years of experience, having tattooed across the United States, here in Hawaii, and at conventions & shops around the world!  He has created a vibe here that has a history of homegrown and international talent, who have stopped in to work from time to time.  We have even inked some huge celebrities including Grammy Award Winner, T-Pain!

So the next time you’re ready for a tattoo or yearning to get some Asian ink, check us out!  We are open 7 days a week, from 10a – 10p.  Appointments are best to guarantee your spot but walk-ins are always welcome!

Aloha!

434 Tattoo
Custom Tattooing LLC.

Directions:
434 Ena Road
Honolulu, Hawaii
96815

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

Korean Tattoo Artist Macho returns to Honolulu this Fall

Save the date, mark your calendars, schedule your appointments!

Macho, a talented Korean tattoo artist, will be in Honolulu from Oct. 6 – Nov. 11, as a guest tattoo artist here in our Hawaii tattoo studio, 434 Tattoo!

Macho is well-versed in a variety of tattoo styles from traditional old school and Asian, to more modern art styles, he can do anything you are interested in!  Just ask him for a custom tattoo!

We have hosted Macho here before and are excited for his return to our tattoo shop in Waikiki. Make your appointments now and take advantage to get a tattoo from a top international artist.

Ready to ink ya!

434 Tattoo
Custom Tattooing LLC.

Directions:
434 Ena Road
Honolulu, Hawaii
96815

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

Follow our Hawaii Tattoo Studio on Social Media

In this era, people live, breathe, eat, & even post pics of their sh!t on social media!

We get it, it’s what the cool kids do, and what the old folks do in lieu of reunions.  With that, if you aren’t doing so already be sure to follow us on social media!

You can find us on Facebook:

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And be sure to follow our Waikiki tattoo shop owner & leader here at 434 Tattoo  Horiyume aka Tattoo Adam Siehr on Instagram!

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While you’re at it, tag us:

#434Tattoo

#434TattooHawaii

#434CustomTattoo

And who knows, maybe you’ll become internet famous! At the very least, we’ll be able to show you some love!

Until then, let’s get your ink on!

Aloha!

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