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

 

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Last Chance to See Guest Tattoo Artist Macho!

Guest Tattoo Artist Macho will be with us at 434 Tattoo, our award-winning Waikiki tattoo studio, for just a short while more so don’t hang loose for too long and miss the chance to get some work done by him!

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Macho’s adventures will soon take him off the island so consider taking advantage of this opportunity to get a very original, custom tattoo from this talented Korean tattoo artist!

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Macho is skilled in Asian tattooing, new school, old school styles, & more in custom tattooing! Stop by our shop, one of Hawaii’s best tattoo studios, to preview some of his designs available now or bring your idea and this awesome artist will mix it with his vision and give you an amazing piece of art!

We are open 7 days a week, from 10a to 10p, and located at 434 Ena Road. Led by Horiyume Tattoo Adam and his 23 years in the industry, we strive to offer you the best and happiest experience out there!  Give us a call or stop by today so we can get to inking your next best piece!

Aloha!

434 Tattoo
Custom Tattooing LLC.

Directions:
434 Ena Road
Honolulu, Hawaii
96815

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

 

Happy Birthday Tattoo…

Happy Birthday Tattoo

Adam Siehr (Horiyume)!

The President & Proud Owner of our Waikiki tattoo studio celebrates his 24th birthday today!  Check out our last blog about the Blazer’s Cup to catch the breeze on how he is celebrating!

In the meanwhile, enjoy these photos of Adam doing some original custom tattoo work in the Asian tattoo style on long-time friend & loyal customer, Jimmy!

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Cool side-story: these shots were taken on Jimmy’s recent birthday. He was so stoked to celebrate his special day with more ink!

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To get a tattoo in Hawaii for your birthday or any other special day at one of Hawaii’s best tattoo shops, 434 Tattoo! Hit us up & holla at the ink below!  Shop is open 7 days a week, from 10a to 10p.

434 Tattoo
Custom Tattooing LLC.

Directions:
434 Ena Road
Honolulu, Hawaii
96815

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

Best Waikiki Tattoo Shops

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The term best is relative to experience and in this day and age weighed against reviews, word of mouth, online or otherwise.  We like to think we are among the best Waikiki Tattoo Shops because we have all of the above going for us.

Awards? We got em! Our waikiki tattoo studio has received the award from the consumer business review for best custom tattooing studio in Honolulu for 5 years running!

Loyal clients? We have and are so grateful for all of them/you too!  Many of the clients have been with our Founder, Tattoo Adam (Horiyume), since he first came to Honolulu years ago.  The internet might not be quick to recall the days of Sugar Box, the walls going up at Tattoolicious, and history might have faded some of the great memories but Adam’s been tattooing for over two decades and has put in the time to master the craft.  The returning long-time customers speak to that!

Great reviews? We have quite a few of those too.  While we admit there have also been some that didn’t cut our high standards, we take your feedback to heart to improve the customer experience by removing artists who contributed to the negativity and constantly finding ways to make our shop better.

We urge you to read through all that’s out there and figure out what you want to do.  You work hard for you money and so do we.  We want you to be happy so come down and schedule a free consultation.  That’s a great time for us to talk stories about your concept, what you’re looking for, and for you to see if you have a rapport with our team.

If you like it, which so many over the years, well let’s get to inking ya!

Aloha!

434 Tattoo
Custom Tattooing LLC.

Directions:
434 Ena Road
Honolulu, Hawaii
96815

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

 

The Pacific Ink & Art Expo!!!

Hawaii Tattoo Convention

The Pacific Ink & Art Expo is less than a month away! We’re thrilled to have one of a handful of international artists highlighting the show with us starting from July 30!  Be sure to sign up today and get your work done by Takashi Matsuba before he’s whisked away in the convention madness!

The expo, or Hawaii Tattoo Convention, is one of the largest gatherings of its kind in the world!  Though just a few years old, it has quickly evolved into a popular event and showcases talented tattooists from Hawaii, the US Mainland, and other countries, such as Takashi.

This year’s headliner’s include Freddy Negrete, Lyle Tuttle, Richie Lucero, & more! To see a full list of who’s scheduled to appear, visit this link!  AND don’t miss this fabulous opportunity to see some of the world’s finest artists and get ahead of the game by booking your appointment with Takashi, from July 30 on, by contacting us now!

Our Waikiki tattoo shop is open 7 days a week from 10a – 10p and we’re happy to ink you!  Consultations and touch ups are free so contact us today!

Aloha!

434 Tattoo
Custom Tattooing LLC.

Directions:
434 Ena Road
Honolulu, Hawaii
96815

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

Vice feature on Horiyoshi III & Traditional Japanese Tattooing

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Tattoo Adam practicing traditional Japanese artwork in his space dedicated to tebori.

Head over to Vice.com to check out a feature on the legendary sensei and Japanese Tattoo Master Horiyoshi III.

Our Waikiki Tattoo studio, 434 Tattoo, has a unique connection with the master tattooist.  Owner and Lead Artist Tattoo Adam Siehr has been a long-time student of this great teacher and artist, having visited Yokohama, Japan, on many occasions to learn and get custom tattoos as well.

Horiyoshi III even gave Adam the honor of a custom name, Horiyume (“Curving Dream”) and Adam has begun practicing the Traditional Japanese Tattooing or tebori.

The video is worth anyone’s time who is interested in learning more about tattoo traditions and the legend himself.  For all your other tattoo needs on Oahu, visit our Hawaii tattoo studio 7 days a week! Walk-ins are welcome though appointments are a greatly appreciated.

Aloha!

434 Tattoo
Custom Tattooing LLC.

Directions:
434 Ena Road
Honolulu, Hawaii
96815

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

Say no tattoo discrimination

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Horiyume (Tattoo Adam) painting an Asian inspired piece.

 

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:

Brad Pitt: I don’t want my daughters to get tattoos

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!

434 Tattoo
Custom Tattooing LLC.

Directions:
434 Ena Road
Honolulu, Hawaii
96815

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