Japanese Tattoos in Hawaii

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Looking for a Custom Tattoo Artist to do Japanese Tattoos in Hawaii?

Oh #youguessedit!  You is right!

434 Tattoo, our tattoo studio in Waikiki, can take care of any and all of your tattoo needs!  Horiyume Tattoo Adam has over 20 years of experience in the tattoo experience.

Horiyume even practices Tebori, the traditional art of Japanese tattooing. Check out this picture of Horiyume using tebori on an asian backpiece tattoo below:

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If you are looking for an authentic Japanese tattoo experience but don’t know when you’re going to make it to Japan, head on over to our Hawaii Tattoo shop.

We are open every day of the week from 10a in the morning to 10p at night!

Stop by now for your free consultation. Tattoos are by appointment and of course, walk-ins are always welcome!

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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American Hand Poked Tattoos

Recently Karl Juthans  started this piece, pictured below:

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This piece has been done in the American Hand Poked Style, and took about 6-7 hours to complete.  Picture below is the second session of the tattoo.1524790_649409325124400_903869189_n

Hand poking tattoos and tapping tattoos trace their technique and roots back to multiple cultures and this style in particular is a bit different.  For example, the Samoan and Polynesian tattooing techniques utilizes two tools to tap the the piece onto the skin.  Another variation is the traditional Japanese style of tattooing, which involves the use of a long rod to ink the tattoo into place.

Stay tuned for more updates on this style and if you’re interested in a custom tattoo, please feel free to stop by our award-winning Honolulu tattoo studio.  Our team of talented and caring Hawaii tattoo artists are very experienced, professionally licensed and certified by the Department of Health, and happy to assist you in developing a piece that you will love for the rest of your life.

We are located at 434 Ena Road and we are 434 Tattoo!!!

The 411 about 434:

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

Polynesian Tattoos in Hawaii

 

 

 

Looking for a beautiful traditional Hawaiian tattoo? “Well, you found the right place!” Tattoo Adam shares.

434 Tattoo, our tattoo shop in Waikiki, is just the place to come to get a Polynesian custom tattoo.   Tattoos have great meaning for the person who wears it and tattoo traditions in Polynesian are no different, often detailing the lineage of the person’s family and history.

 

For some more info and a cool video, check out this clip from the History Channel about traditional Polynesian tattooing  and see Hawaii tattooist, Suluape Aisea Toetuu, from Soul Signature Tattoo in Hawaii at work.

The Hawaii Museum of Art (HMoA) has also had an ongoing tattoo exhibit on Oahu where you can learn more the history of tattooing in Hawaii as well as Polynesian tattoos.

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

Man and (Tattoo) Machine: Marko Livingston aka “The Phenom”

His name is Marko Livingston.

He is a Hawaii Tattoo Artist at our Honolulu Tattoo Studio, 434 Tattoo.  He lives, breathes, sweats, and bleeds Art.  The man is the consummate professional, dedicated to his craft and in improving at everything.

When’s he not tattooing, he’s drawing…

When he’s not drawing, he’s painting…

If he’s not painting in one style, he’s painting in another (watercolor).

His dedication and unwavering desire to live and express, to improve is incredible.  I called him “The Phenom” in a previous write-up.  With that kind of dedication, would you argue it?

Pictured above are machines he built with his own hands.

In his right, the first tattoo machine he ever built, which he learned to do from the first person who taught him how to tattoo.

“I built this before even tattooing because I wanted to learn each step…”

This machine features Nicargua Cigar Wrap Coils he got from Hawaii Tattooist, Q, at House of Ink, another Oahu Tattoo shop in Kailua.  This machine also has some parts from Larry Hanks and Mike Nash and has a gun metal blue etched glass look.

The machine in his left hand has very special meaning for the man.

“I built this machine for my homie who got locked up.  He’s one of the most talented artists on the island and he is the reason I got into tattooing.  I wanted him to have something to do when he gets out.”

Marko’s friend will be out shortly and has already been working on tattoos for guards.  “I’ve seen some sick pieces he’s done there, it’s clean work.”  It must be good if someone as dedicated at growing as an Artist like Marko, is saying it.

You can find Marko at our Waikiki Tattoo Shop along with Shop Owner and World Famous Tattoo Artist, Tattoo Adam, Andy Burley, and up and comer Karl ‘Doubledown’ Juthans.  We are open 7 days a week from 10a-10p.

Stop by for your free consultation and to get a beautiful custom tattoo piece!

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

Tattoo PSA: Importance of Getting Tattooed Professionally

At our Oahu Tattoo shop, 434 Tattoo, all of our Hawaii tattooists are certified and undergo training in order to tattoo you.  We do this because we strive to provide the best service and to ensure that you get the best product out there!

In life, many people try to cut corners for a variety of reasons and tattooing is no exception.  While you might save some money or help a buddy practice, it’s better to be safe than sorry.  In a recent article, Reuters reported that Amateur tattoos may carry a higher risk of Hepatitis C infection.  Another common side effect of amateur tattooing, is improper after-care which leads to an infection, and in some cases a hospital visit.

So while we are in the tattoo industry and don’t refute our bad-assness, we also want to make sure people are educated about this art that we love and take the best care of themselves.

This Tattoo Public Service Announcement has been brought to you by Friends of Tattoo Adam 2012!  Check out our award-winning Honolulu Custom Tattooing shop three years running at 434 Ena Rd.  We’re open everyday from 10a-10p!

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

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: The State of the Economy and Service

Now’s a great time to get in there for your brand new custom tattoo!  Our talented teams of tattooists are happy to help you stimulate the economy and will give you the best tattoo service out there. 

Service is important in the world in general and customer service essential in business.  Having modified our bodies and in turn altered our experience in the world, we enjoy treating people with respect because we know what it’s like to walk into an establishment and feel like a book being judged by its cover.  When you have a visible tattoo, many people interact with you differently.  It’s probably a residual from previous eras, pirates, the military, and who knows. That’s not to say things aren’t changing…

In places like LA, there are over 150 tattoo parlors within a ten mile radius.  That’s like 15 LA Tattoo shops per mile!  Shows like Inked and featuring celebrity tattoo artists like Kat Von D have really helped to expose the world to tattoo culture and embrace the love of ink.

So what do you say?  Sound like it’s time to get that custom tattoo you’ve been waiting for? Yeah, we thought so too!

434 Tattoo, our award-winning Oahu tattoo Studio located in the Heart of Waikiki, Oahu, is open 10a – 10p rain or shine.  Note: If there was snow, we’d be open then too.

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