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  2. Lurker now posting, first tattoo, tebori half-sleeve

    Thank you everyone, although all I really did was (try to) sit there while he did his work . Err... yes, I did realise that I really should after he started on it. Just for symmetry, naturally, hah... I am planning on talking to him about ideas for the right side next time I am there. Hmm. I think I can now say that I see the whole "it can be addictive" thing.
  3. Lurker now posting, first tattoo, tebori half-sleeve

    Yeah, got plans for the other side? Not to overlook the awesome work already done, of course...
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  5. Yeah but you got a killer new piece! @Dan
  6. ya,it was cool,Tim Hendricks was taking walk-ups,but there were too many people on the list when I got done with greg. :(
  7. Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    really nice,I love the eye in the headlight.
  8. Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Healed pic of tattoo got done earlier this month. Was quite impressed was able to get this pic by myself :) It's a Honda CB Twin Motorcycle, done in memory of biker friends who recently passed. It has healed so beautifully and I am beyond happy with it :) Done on my inner right thigh, by Tommygunn, Belfast City Skinworks in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
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  10. Introduction!

    Welcome to the forum!
  11. Lurker now posting, first tattoo, tebori half-sleeve

    Beautiful work! Welcome!
  12. Great shots. Thanks for posting these. I was in the shop the day that Mike started that shishi on the gentleman. The stencil was a big as me!
  13. Well established Wilmington, NC shop looking for a full-time experienced professional who is passionate about creating great tattoos and providing a comfortable experience for our clients. Previous shop experience preferred and a strong portfolio is requirement piercing experience is a PLUS. No drama queens, rock stars, drunks or druggies need to respond. We are a busy, custom shop with an excellent reputation and atmosphere located in an eclectic beach/college city. Coastal North Carolina, offers beaches, dynamic nightlife, performing arts and music. Wilmington has it all. Please send a brief bio to for consideration.
  14. Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    I just got back from the SF convention ,it was a beautiful day in the bay area,got this from Greg Christian. I met up with Zetroc and Hands On,both really nice guys.
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  16. Realism Artists in South Carolina

    Hey all, just wondering if there are any good realism artists that I don't know about in South Carolina
  17. Lurker now posting, first tattoo, tebori half-sleeve

    Congrats! It is awesome and well done on being committed on the travel.
  18. Lurker now posting, first tattoo, tebori half-sleeve

    Looks amazing; about time for the other sleeve!
  19. Lurker now posting, first tattoo, tebori half-sleeve

    Very nice! Yes, I follow both Horis on IG, so I'm a fan of his work. Welcome to the forums!
  20. Hello everyone! Decided to come out of lurking, partially because I am really surprised that I have not seen any references to Horifuji at State of Grace in San Jose here. He is a thoroughly lovely person and feel fortunate to have his work on me. Imho he should get even more exposure (even if that may mean it will be progressively even harder to get more appointments with him, heh). Anyway, it felt like the right time for me to finally get some work. I wanted something rather more on the traditional vein (whatever that means, exactly) and the craftsmanship of tebori really appealed to me (even if it won't necessarily look that different). I called State of Grace as I saw in the intertoobz that they had artists there that did tebori and I was referred to Horifuji. I asked him via email for a half-sleeve with chest panel with a karasu tengu - like the ones seen on woodblock prints sparring with Ushiwakamaru (later known as the general Yoshitsune) on Mount Kurama. So, a few days before my first appointment 3-4 months later, he sent me a concept drawing of what he felt would be best and I was floored. He recommended actually including Ushiwakamaru on the chest panel (hikae?), having just swung his bokuto (wooden practice blade) at a quite smartly dressed karasu tengu on the arm that is slipping off a rock ledge by the water, with autumn Japanese maple leaves falling around. The outline was done by machine in one session (photo of outline on Horifuji's Instagram here). Shading and the vast majority of the all colour done by tebori. Closer photo after starting on the colour here. A few small "flat" monochrome areas were done by machine shading, e.g. the brown on the bokuto that the tengu and Ushiwakamaru are holding. I deferred all decisions on colour and exact placement to him as he is the professional and I trust him completely . Will have my final appointment in a month or so. As I have to fly to San Jose for my appointments I have done six sessions, each between 4.5 and 5.5 hours two consecutive days at a time to save on my airline miles. So something around 30 hours, so far? Since this photo I have attached to his post was taken, I have had more work done. Only have a couple momiji to colour in and the eyes are left. I'll try to take a more current photo to place in a more appropriate thread on the forum. Sorry for the lengthy, possibly rather gushing, first post.
  21. Tipping Question

    Per this: "I'm not expecting a red carpet, but in the art industry, people just aren't thankful"...I have never had this experience. I've once had once experience where I didn't 'click' with the artist but I got an amazing tattoo and it was still good in the end.
  22. What’s wrong with my tattoo?

    Okay thanks Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  23. What’s wrong with my tattoo?

    Let the skin doc settle the debate. 😉
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