Where to get a Tattoo in Hawaii… 434 Tattoo

Go where the Champ goes…

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To the Owner of our Waikiki Tattoo Parlor, Tattoo Adam and the 434 Tattoo Shop at 434 Ena Road in Hawaii.

Open 7 days a week, 10a – 10p, our talented Hawaii tattooists know just how to take care of you and get you taken care of in a safe, efficient manner!

Adam himself has just over two decades of experience in the custom tattoo game and our Tattoo Studio in Waikiki has multiple Best Studio Awards over the past few years.

You better believe: The Champ is Here!

See you at 434 Tattoo!

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.

Oahu Tattoo Extravaganza

It’s a new day, a New Year, and yes, oh yes, you best believe it’s time for that new custom tattoo!

You’ve come to the right blog because 434 Tattoo is the multiple award-winning Hawaii’s Best Custom Tattooing Studio!  You’ll be in great hands as our Hawaii tattoo artists have a wealth of experience.  Tattoo Adam, the Founder and Owner of our Oahu Tattoo shop, has tattooed all over the world and has been in the game for nearly two decades!

Tattoo Adam Working on a Client

Marko Livingston is an accomplished tattooist who is also talented in the area of graffiti art and painting. Marko has been an artist since he was old enough to draw on anything so pretty since birth!

Andy Burley was trained by Tattoo Adam himself.  Andy holds the distinction of the first (and only) apprentice to run the gauntlet of the old school apprenticeship style!

Andy throwing up the 434, yup he has four arms!

We are open 7 days a week by appointment and walk-ins are welcome.  We have endured floods, tattoo celebrities, bartered with gypsies, and well it’s a Waikiki Tattoo Parlor, we see it all.  So come on down and get yourself that new Tattoo piece you’ve been wanting since last year!

All our consultations are free and we’re happy to work with you to make this a most pleasant experience that you’ll remember for a life.

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

Hawaii Tattoo: 434 Tattoo, A Year in Review

Another year is winding down at our Waikiki tattoo parlour, 434 Tattoo, and while Lil Wayne or Wiz Khalifa skipped out at our offers to tattoo them, we still had a monumental year since starting this humble online publication but a blink of a year ago (flashback to our first ever post).

In January, we got off to a famous start as Marko inked Grammy Award winning Rap Superstar T-Pain!  T-Pain got the real pain and Marko sketched and did a small piece for him while he was on the island.  And T-, if you want some more pain, Marko’s got you on the Tattoo removal:

Just joking and onto February, Tattoo Adam inked this custom lion tattoo, a sequel to the first piece you’ll see soon enough:

As the Ides of March rolled in, we remembered the Waikiki Tattoo shop, Hart and Huntington, who saw their doors closed.  We wonder who was surprised by the short tenure of the corporate tattoo shop?  In Hawaii, where our Oahu tattoo parlor is located, they say that the rain is a blessing, while April showered, we were showered with a visit from tattooist, Ariano Delano.

May was a big month for us.  Tattoo Adam took off on an adventure in the Philippines, and JMAW, joined the 434 Tattoo Ohana as Blogger/Content Editor.  Here’s his first piece with us:

Oh, wait, meant to put his first written piece, that’s the first custom tattoo he ever had from Tattoo Adam.  June saw our team member, tattoo artist Andy Burley get married by Minister Adam (he wears many hats) and our shop g0t featured in the new island publication, 808 Ink Magazine.  They might have some typos but you can’t mistake the custom ink coutesy of Tattoo Adam.

In July, we had a few laughs courtesy of a cheerleader with some attitude, and were visited by another celebrity as fashion and jewelry designer of Rock’n’Roll Couture, Amal Guessous, stopped by.

August came on down and we explored the world of facial tattoos, polynesian tattoo style and in September, the fun didn’t stop as we started to take you behind the scenes with our Tattoo videos.  Adam and Marko took ‘Center Stage’ and were featured in an Art Show.  We even did a public service announcement about tattoos.

As we entered Fall, October saw us drop a little 411 about the history of the tattoo laws in Hawaii, and we also held our first ever Military Appreciation Month in November.  November was a huge month in general as Hawaii was the site of APEC 2011 and our deals didn’t stop as we offered more appreciation deals to the agencies to come in and get some ink done. What else you ask? Well, Adam and Arlita’s son, Andrew celebrated his first birthday!!!  And we broke into the Google Top Ten in a category which eluded us for some time.  That Google…

Marko even cut a commercial for us!

And that pretty much brings you up to date to December.  It’s been a crazy year and from our crazy (in a good way) crew to yours, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.  We’re looking forward to putting a piece of beauty on you soon.

434 Tattoo
Custom Tattooing LLC.

Directions:
434 Ena Road
Honolulu, Hawaii
96815

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

Boxing’s Manny Pacquiao Opens Tattoo Shop

In the Philippines, tattoos are not so kosher.  Tattoo Adam experienced the side-eyed glances first hand as he made his way through the cities, the villages, the jungles during his trip earlier this year.

But the sentiment towards tattoos could be changing if multiple time Boxing Champion, entertainer, and local politician, Manny Pacquiao, has a say in the matter.  Pacquiao, who owns many other business ventures in addition to his 8 world titles, is a vocal tattoo advocate, and his new tattoo shop is tapped as Champion Ink in LA.

While people across the world still have differing (if not outdated) views on tattoos, this could be a positive step towards more acceptance of visible tattoos.  One customer recently shared his experience of being disqualified from an interview after being asked if he had any tattoos and was told that he would not be considered for a position (regardless of qualifications) because of it.

“At least you’re not in the mainland…” Andy Burley, a tattooist in our Hawaii Tattoo Parlor, chimed in.  “Consider yourself lucky, you should see some of the looks I get there.”

It’s a good thing we have guys out there like Manny fighting not only in the ring, but for the people.  Thanks Manny, we may not have gotten the chance to vote for you, but judging by the recent poll in the Honolulu Star Advertiser , with 7 of 10 people in Hawaii are unhappy with Governor Neil Abercrombie’s performance, maybe it’s time someone who shares your views makes a run for office here in the islands.

Tattoo Adam in 2012?  Wouldn’t you like to know what we have in store.  Muahaha!!!

We are 434 Tattoo.
And we are here for you (the people, People’s Champ two years running).

Adam Siehr, President and Proud Owner
434 Tattoo
Custom Tattooing LLC.

Directions:
434 Ena Road
Honolulu, Hawaii
96815

Contact:
mailto:adam@tattooadam.com
1-808-391-8287

 

Getting a New Tattoo: End of Session…

We’ve posted regular video updates of our homie John’s new tattoo, the next step in putting together his arm sleeve together, done by the world famous tattooist, Adam Siehr aka Tattoo Adam.  All of the footage is shot in 434 Tattoo, our friendly neighborhood Waikiki Tattoo Shop.

As you can see, Tattoo Adam not only has years of expertise and skill but he still has a blast doing it!  And you will have fun too so come on down, our Honolulu Tattoo Parlor is open 7 days a week from 10a-10p.  In addition to Adam, our talented team includes Andy Burley, the only person to complete an apprenticeship with Adam, and the Phenom, Marko Livingston.

Adam Siehr, President and Proud Owner
434 Tattoo
Custom Tattooing LLC.

Directions:
434 Ena Road
Honolulu, Hawaii
96815

Contact:
mailto:adam@tattooadam.com
1-808-391-8287

Tattoo Adam – Custom Tattoo Consultation Pt. 2

We brought you Custom Tattoo Stencil, The Movie…  Now here’s the sequel where Tattoo Adam discusses what he looks for when he is fine tuning the stencil.  Detail, Detail, Detail!!!

Come on down to the professionals at our Honolulu Tattoo Parlor, 434 Tattoo and get a chee huu in addition to great work.  Just ask our co-star in this video who’s been seeing Tattoo Adam for years, first getting work done by him in Las Vegas, where our fave World Champ Boxer turned Comedian Mike Tyson also got some custom tattooing done by the Man.

Adam Siehr, President and Proud Owner
434 Tattoo
Custom Tattooing LLC.

Directions:
434 Ena Road
Honolulu, Hawaii
96815

Contact:
mailto:adam@tattooadam.com
1-808-391-8287