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  1. Hello! I'm a newbie in this forum. Seems like there are a lot going on here :) My name is Kisyuu (姫洲), I'm a Japanese Calligrapher in Vancouver, Canada. You might not see the direct connection between Japanese calligraphy and tattoo, but many kanji (Japanese/Chinese characters) tattoos are actually written in calligraphy! I feel sad when I see people having wrong kanji or not good looking fake-calligraphy letters which were probably copied and pasted from somewhere on the internet on their skin. :( Why not learning more about Japanese calligraphy and explore with the brush and ink before you getting kanji tattoo?? This may interest some of you: I am hosting my first collaborative workshop with a tattoo artist, Billy Decola, who is an owner of Kiku Tattoo Parlour in Burnaby, Canada. Either you are the one who are interested in getting tattoos or you are a tattoo artist who want to learn more about brush strokes & kanji shape, please join us and experience the possibility of sumi ink & calligraphy brush! Japanese Calligraphy Workshop at Kiku Tattoo Parlour WHEN: Saturday, May 20th, 2017 TIME: 6:00pm - 8:00pm WHERE: Kiku Tattoo Parlour (3299 Smith Ave B, Burnaby, BC V5G 1G5) FEE: $65.00 CAN During this 2-hour beginner workshop, we will go over the basics of Japanese calligraphy, including: How to hold and control the brush The structure and meaning of Japanese characters Basic brush techniques The possibilities of sumi ink Express yourself with the brush and ink Design your own tattoo Everybody is welcome – no calligraphy experience or Japanese language skills are necessary. All supplies are included as rental, so no need to bring anything. Just bring yourself and curiosity! Please register from here: