Where to get Custom Tattoos in Hawaii

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Are you itching for that new piece and looking for a great place to get a custom tattoo in Hawaii?  Look no further than right here!

Our Honolulu tattoo shop has been recognized for four years and counting as the best Honolulu Custom Tattooing Studio and we pride ourselves in doing great work that you will be happy with for the rest of your days and nights!

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Tattoo Adam Siehr is the Owner and President of our tattoo shop in Waikiki and has been tattooing for over 20 years!  Gifted in the arts at an early age, Adam found his passion in tattooing and has been inspired Asian Style Tattoos as well as a bit of everything thing having been brought up in the old-school tattoo traditions in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

 

 

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You can find our shop at 434 Ena Road, open every day (except some Holidays) from 10a-10p.  Give us a call to set up a free consultation and let’s get you started on that awesome custom tattoo you’ve been dreaming about!

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

Becoming a Tattoo Artist in Hawaii

What does it mean to become a tattoo artist in Hawaii?

You might ask a member our Hawaii tattoo studioKarl Doubledown Juthans.  Hailing from Canada, we’ve tracked a few elements of Karl’s work over the years here at 434 Tattoo.

What began as an interest, grew into a Love,  and has become a profession, as Karl has weaved his way through different walks of Life and got tattooed more and more along the way.   Over the last few years, Karl has been apprenticing with Tattoo Adam, Owner and President of this humble Waikiki Tattoo shop.

He has come and gone from the islands only to return once more, with renewed energy and passion for the art and the industry.  It’s cool to see him back plying his trade here.

The beauty of youth is that with it is a hunger to succeed.  Check out what Karl does in his free time to continue his growth and development as a tattooist.

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That’s Tattoo Adam helping him place the stencil for…

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A tattoo he inked on himself!  This isn’t the first time he has taken the tattoo machine to his own skin believe it or not.  Check out this blast from the past of the first piece he inked on himself a few years back:

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Day by day, we all grow, whether we want to or now and Karl is working hard to do just that in his trade.  Hard work in the trade is a big part of 434 Tattoo and the 2o plus years that Tattoo Adam brings to the table and as a leader.

Come on down to 434 Tattoo, our Honolulu tattoo parlor, recognized as the Best in Custom Tattooing on the island four years and counting, and check our team out.  Consultations are free and we’ll work with you to create an awesome memory!

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 Pt. 2

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We left off the last addition of The Life and Times of Custom Tattoo Artist Tattoo Adam in Okinawa where the weather is a bit similar to Hawaii. We also have never shied away from talking about the Yakuza in the past. This addition to the series takes on a change of scenery in and continues to share some experiences with the Yakuza…

Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride as you learn more about the history behind our Honolulu Tattoo shop!

It all began when asked if European tattoo styles differ, Adam shared that they are a bit traditional and old school in style and popularity. This led the conversation to Amsterdam, where Adam shared his visit to the Hanky Panky Tattoo Shop. The tattoo fun in Amsterdam doesn’t stop with the shop…

Hanky Panky, named after owner Henk ‘Hanky Panky’ Schiffmacher, also has a Tattoo Museum in Amsterdam featuring tattoo memorabilia collected over the career of Henk. Google rumor has it that Pop Star Lady Gaga got a tattoo at the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum from Hanky Panky himself…

We mentioned last go around the infamous Yakuza. Yakuza tattoos are quite the thing in pop culture and gangster lore due to the rich history of the organization and its ties throughout the world. Well if you visit Hanky Panky’s, you get to see a small piece of it up close and personal.

“They had a finger in a jar on display!” Somehow Henk acquired a finger from someone affiliated with the Yakuza. The cutting of fingers usually had to do with a form of payment, each knucle and joint worth a certain amount of money, and it was also to show a loss of face when someone messed up. The removal of fingers paid the debt.

Adam also took the time to take in the sights, sounds, and smells of Amsterdam during his Journey there. You can Learn more about the museum here.

Learn more about our Waikiki Tattoo Studio 434 Tattoo by stopping by 434 Ena Road. We are located conveniently between the famous Ala Moana Beach Park and Waikiki Strip.

Hope to ink ya soon! Until the next time we talk of tales and travels…

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

Old Tattoos, New Tattoos, First Tattoos, Your Tattoos

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This gentlemen pictured with Tattoo Adam in our Waikiki Tattoo Shop, 434 Tattoo, has an interesting story behind his Journey into Tattoos…

In Hawaii, from “all over” the World and currently the US, the man is a bit of mystery to say the least. This writer met him as Jordan, then learned his name was not Jordan, but actually Julio, THEN found out that his name was actually Andre…

His friends didn’t even know his name!

Jordan/Julio/Andre first stepped foot on the hallowed ground of our Hawaii Tattoo studio in February of 2012. In the four months since, he has logged nearly 20 (at this writing probably well over) sessions in that short period of time. The most curious part of this story is that the man of many names, with now many different custom tattoos, got his first tattoo with us… at the age of 54.

Mysterious, random stories aside, the moral of this story: it is never too late to get your first tattoo! We recently had another gentlemen come in to get his first professional work done ever since the homemade pieces he had put on from his friends in a garage back in high school. And he was 65! It made his son laugh because he grew hearing don’t ever get a tattoo because his father didn’t like his homemade work.

Whatever your story, your meaning, your timing, you are more than welcome with the good guys here at 434! Come down for your free consultation. We are open 7 days a week from 10a – 10p and hope to see ya soon!

SB 2398: The Aftermath

Dr. Dre had his aftermath and so does SB 2398, Relating to Tattoo Artists.  This past Wednesday, Tattoo Adam went down to the Hawaii State Legislature, took part in the political process and testified in opposition of the Senate Bill, which proposed for the State Department of Health of Hawaii to contract out for temporary tattoo licenses to out of state tattoo artists in the event of a convention.

Many may misconstrue what our Waikiki tattoo shop Leader was doing.  Like why would Tattoo Adam testify against a bill that is seemingly about a convention?

Truth be told, Tattoo Adam is pro-convention, and his hands were tied because he wasn’t in support of the Department of Health possibly contracting to online services and schools, which are not up to par with the standards that many of the tattooists in the industry are held to.  If that Bill went through, it opened the door for people who bought kits on EBay and passed a test to come in and tattoo our people.  Not cool, so he had to do a little something about that.  And more people should to because poorly crafted policy like that gets passed at every level of government each and every year, impacting all of our people.

And in the case of that bill, it wasn’t fair to our Hawaii tattoo artists, who pay taxes here and have to wait the full time to take the test and be licensed.  At any rate, the ill bill was killed by the Joint Senate Committees.

So let’s get on with a cool ass legit convention, eh!!!

 

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