Transcending Tattoo Stereotypes

Years ago, tattoos were associated with bikers, criminals, drugs, gangsters, whores, sailors, and prison.  About the only ‘foul creature’ not associated with tattoos is the politician but anyway…

In recent years, having a visible tattoo has become more and more acceptable minus the stereotypical beliefs.  With ties, long-sleeved shirts, and suits being traded for business casual to outright casual dress codes as work, more and more employees are assessed and hired on the basis of what they bring to the table, not how they look.

To celebrate a changing of the guard, the Rhode Island Library Association has recently a tattooed librarians calendar and is selling it on its website.  Traditionally thought of as gray haired and proper old ladies, the calendar features 10 women and 2 men ranging in age, sporting tattoos!

In Hawaii, where Polynesian culture and traditions is found everywhere, the views on tattoos are not as harsh as they are in some circles.  More and more of the Hawaii 5-0 or po-po can be seen sporting sleeves of the tattooed variety and many doctors, nurses, lawyers, and people of many professions have visible tattoos.

It is refreshing to see Rhode Island taking such a positive step in celebrating custom tattooing and personal expression.  If you are looking for a place to go to express yourself in custom Hawaiian tattoos, then look no further!  Our Waikiki tattoo studio is adept at bringing your ideas to life.

Led by Tattoo Adam, who has been in the game for over two decades, 434 Tattoo has been recognized as the best Honolulu custom tattoo studio for 4 years and counting!

Come on down and get your free consultation on a brand new 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

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Tattoos in Thailand

Recently Tattoo AdamThe President and Owner of our Honolulu Tattoo Studio, 434 Tattoo, was tattooing and shooting video on location in Thailand, while plying his beautiful brand of custom tattooing.

Adam not only worked on people, he also got worked on, getting sacred and special tattoos of blessing and protection at a Thai Temple!

Check out this video of his adventures here:

For the best tattoos in Hawaii, be sure to stop by our tattoo shop in Waikiki.  We look forward to inking ya!

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

Colin Kaepernick’s Tattoos

The San Francisco 49er’s Quarterback Colin Kaepernick made waves for many reasons last year.  The signal caller usurped former number draft pick Alex Smith for the starting job mid-season last year when Smith went down with an injury and never looked back, leading the 49er’s within a breath of the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history.

Colin Kaepernick’s tattoos have also made waves in the media since his days at the University of Nevada and he’s not looking back with them either, getting more ink by the season, and not caring about what people think about his tattoos.

Kaepernick, who recently posed in ESPN’s somewhat controversial body issue put his tattoos on display and painted an even bigger target on his back this season among opposing player’s and including some teammates, upset over his wearing a Miami Dolphins cap a few weeks back, and not understanding his choice to go nude in ESPN’s magazine.

Kapernick’s tattoo artist Nes Andrion is enjoying his client’s newfound fame and has been inking the QB since he called plays in college.

Hawaii Tattoo Artist Adam Siehr knows a thing or two himself about tattooing athletes.  Tattoo Adam’s work can be found as one of Mike Tyson’s tattoos and he has also tattooed members of Chicago Blackhawks and a host of other celebrities.

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Adam’s Waikiki tattoo studio 434 Tattoo is an award-winning studio that has also seen the likes of Grammy Award Winning Rapper T-Pain walk through its doors and get tattooed.

You don’t need to have a million dollar arm, a Grammy, or groupies to get tattooed by our team of Hawaii Tattooists, just come on down and schedule an appointment.  All consultations are free and we are more than happy to assist you with your tattoo needs.

So what are you waiting for?  Roll on down and score an awesome tattoo at our Honolulu Tattoo shop!

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

Tattooed Stories from the Life and Times of Tattoo Adam

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Summer time is fast approaching and that means business will be picking up at our Waikiki tattoo studio, the award-winning Honolulu custom tattooing studio, 434 Tattoo!!! We are grateful for our customers year round but the Summer is a welcome surge to balance out the occasional slow times of year. So please do call and set up your appointments so that we can pencil you in the appointment book!

Just a reminder to our customers, all consultations are free and all artwork is free. You only pay to get tattooed! Take advantage of the opportunity to speak wi our talented team of Hawaii Tattooists who specialize in Hawaiian Tattoos, Custom Tattoos, Freehand Tattoos, and The Asian style tattoos, all of which are popular here in Hawaii and around the world!

Speaking of Asian tattoos and around the world, Tattoo Adam knows a thing or two about both as he has tattooed customers from and traveled all over. Pictured above is a whole circle of clients who became friends and family who came in over the course of 2012 to get work done by Adam and the whole 434 Tattoo family.

Adam believes travel is an important part of Life and keeping the mind, body, and spirit healthy. He has been to many countries and while in visiting Okinawa, Adam used to tattoo people on the military base, as word spread that he was in town and the popularity of tattoos with military personnel.

Adam had visited Okinawa with friend and Japanese Tattoo artist, Ryo (who has also visited our Waikiki tattoo parlor in the past). Okinawa is a lot like Hawaii but it has a smaller community so there weren’t as much out there to choose from in terms of Tattoo shops when he had visited years before.

“There was however Yakuza Bike gangs…”

Yakuza and tattoos go hand in hand. Speaking of hands…

(To be continued)

Custom Tattoos as Advertisements

Think twice before you ink something for money.  No matter how good the cause, in time, regrets may come up…

That’s what happened to ‘Billy the Human Billboard,‘ a dude from Alaska who had been taking money for advertisements as an aspiring boxer.  Sounds like the story of a good Heart taking a poor turn here and there as Billy, who donated a kidney to a stranger, took money to get a website tattooed on his back.

Editor’s Note: You might not want to continue the video from the 2:00 minute mark unless you like hearing about grooming…  You’ve been warned.  

When faced with homelessness and not being able to provide for his children, Billy turned to one of the most visible places to serve as a Human Billboard… his face!  Billy has over 20 advertisements on his face and head alone, and is now looking for another sponsor to pay for tattoo removal for the ink on his face.  The cost is over $4,000 and Billy has his regrets.  You can read the original story here.

Facial tattoos are common amongst Polynesian tattoo styles because of the cultural symbolism of them.  Tattoos have long been misunderstood and the association in media and history to tattoos being only for criminals has perpetuated the unfair treatment that people with tattoos have received.  Though with Billy, the art became advertising, for the vast majority, tattoos are a statement of identity, represent an interest in art, and for many, are a form of healing.

Why judge a book by its cover when you haven’t even read it?  In Billy’s case, he was trying to do what he thought best at the time to do for his family.  In the end, he has to be able to live with himself regardless of what the court of public opinion says and at the time he was dealing with a bout of bi-polar illness.

If you or someone else you know is considering an extreme tattoo or something similar to Billy, send them over to our Hawaii Custom Tattoos Shop, 434 Tattoo.  While we love to tattoo, the service and best interest of our customer is always held in the highest regards.  Our Hawaii Tattoo Artists are trained in the most up to date methods and are licensed by the Hawaii State Department of Health so we can help assist in what to do and if to do it.  The last thing we want is for someone to leave with something they don’t want later on in their life.

We are 434 Tattoo and we care about you!  Come on down!

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

 

Considering a Face Tattoo?

In recent news, a Pro Wrestler who was paid 15 grand to get a Mitt Romney Tattoo on his face, has decided to get the tattoo removed because Romney has been a “sore loser” about the whole thing.  Dude could handle a losing a campaign but couldnʻt support how the Republican nominee was going on about going down.

Stories such as this makes one question:

Would you tattoo a logo or an endorsement on your body for $x amount of money?  Tattoo removal is a painful process and it doesnʻt even always work so is the immediate gratification worth it?

The topic of tattooing the face is not here and we have discussed it before.  The other day as I (JMAW) was walking down the street, I encountered a young man who had his whole face covered with different designs.  When I say young, he couldnʻt have been more than 25.  The friend that I was walking with said: “Gave up on Life doing something like that at that age.”

“We have an unspoken rule.” Tattoo Adam once shared at our Waikiki Tattoo Studio where we do all types of tattoos including Hawaii Custom Tattoos. “We donʻt tattoo hands, neck or the face if we canʻt see a visible tattoo.”

In many Polynesian cultures, getting a facial tattoo is a right of passage and a ritual undertaken with great honor.  In many cultures period, a tattoo on the face is associated with criminals and is also a right of passage, sometimes coming with honor or shame.  Whatever the purpose of getting a custom tattoo is, be sure to think it through so that you wonʻt have to go through the painful process of removal.

And if itʻs something like giving up, hereʻs some words of wisdom:

“Donʻt hate Life.”  ~ Tattoo Adam

Just like tattoo after-care, things happen in life that require maintenance or healing.  If you are struggling with something, maybe go talk to someone or go for a swim.  We are all for tattoos but just remember one on your face that you will regret later is not so easy to cover-up or erase…

Anyway, from your Homies at your favorite Hawaii Tattoo Studio, 434 Tattoo!

Free Hand Custom Tattoo in Hawaii

Tattoo Adam has been in the game for over 20 years.  He got into the tattoo industry before people used the modern form of stenciling on paper and learned the old-school traditions and has worked hard to evolve as a custom tattoo artist while also not forgetting his roots.  From his early days as an apprentice in Milwaukee to having gone all over the world, including to Japan to get tattooed by and become a member of the Horioshi III family, Adam lives custom tattooing.

As tattoo artists evolve, they take on different types of challenges.  What starts out for an apprentice in helping around the shop, to taking on flash pieces, grows into custom artwork and leads to larger pieces that take up a bigger portion of body canvas.  Another skill that comes with the territory of the evolution of a tattoo artist, is taking on freehand tattooing.

Pictured above is Tattoo Adam taking the pen directly to the skin of a customer and drawing the design freehand.  The skin is very pliable and the artist does this to have a frame of reference while tattooing.

There Adam refers to what he just created and continues the tattoo layout prior to inking it. While there are many shops in Waikiki, we have been voted the best tattooing studio in Honolulu for multiple years in the Oahu Midweek and our team does not hesitate to prepare anything you want, whether it be from one of the designs on the wall or to something more unique, like one of these custom freehand tattoos.

Here we can see the outline of the this custom Asian style tattoo take shape.

And there you have the finished piece.  Adam is known for his unique custom tattooing style, which specializes in Polynesian and Hawaii custom tattoos, Asian tattoo styles, as pictured above, as well as Old-School and New-School designs.

For another view on the freehand style of tattooing, check out this video where Tattoo Adam draws directly on the skin of a customer.

Come on down and check us out at our Waikiki Tattoo studio, 434 Tattoo!  We are open every day from 10a – 10p by appointment and walk-ins are always welcome.  We offer free consultations on all pieces and even better, we love what we do!

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