piccalilli

Member
  • Content Count

    22
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    5

piccalilli last won the day on June 2

piccalilli had the most liked content!

About piccalilli

  • Rank
    Initiated

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

  1. piccalilli

    Upcoming Tattoos

    That is true. Choose your poison, red hot electric vibrating butter knife or stabby-stabby-ow!
  2. piccalilli

    Upcoming Tattoos

    My modus operandi is "questionable planning". Like almost all of my prior appointments it will be two days ~4 hours each then drive straight from SoG to the airport. Freshly wrapped but hopefully not leaking ink around the TSA scanners!
  3. piccalilli

    Upcoming Tattoos

    The inevitable continuation of my self-flagellation tattoo coverage towards an accidental bodysuit is continuing. I have the appointment set for less than two months from now for Horifuji at State of Grace to put a tennyo on my back/arse/rear of my upper thighs. Bringing it up again as I am seeing more posts from people with their back work and it is suddenly becoming real to me that it is happening awfully soon. I am only somewhat terrified, at this point. Sitting in a plane with a freshly tattooed arse is not something I ever imagined I would have to be concerned with, frankly. Tebori needles near my tailbone. What could possibly go wrong 😧
  4. piccalilli

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Oh wow, @Oiochathat is you? I saw that on the shop's/Horitomo's IG . Very nice! His monmon neko are always so dynamic and graceful. And you have a fox there, on it as well! Is he doing the background by machine or tebori? I cannot remember. Edit: P.s. Reread what you posted. I am definitely concerned now; I am starting on my back in a few months and my first session is set at about 4 1/2 hours... Managed to survive sessions that length for my arms/shoulders/chest but this may be a whole new level of terror.
  5. piccalilli

    Full Back Piece Experience Thread

    Nice, we're going in opposite directions! I am starting on my back in a few months. Not sure which one of the two of us will be having it worse. The feeling of the tebori needles in the front of my worn out and permanently-painful right shoulder where I have all the knots produced the most pain I could recall ever having 😵 Hope my back won't disprove my last statement.
  6. piccalilli

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Holy shit, @Oiocha, that is a serious Monmon cat piece! I would say it was worth the wait, it will look amazing!
  7. piccalilli

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Yeah... "accidentally munewari soshinbori" may end up being my future. If only I could do that without the pain.
  8. piccalilli

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Would it surprise you if I said I have pondered that, @scottyg?
  9. piccalilli

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Thank you!
  10. piccalilli

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    So, I recall being asked if I was going to do the other side after I posted my left side's tattoo here some months ago... yes, yes yes, fine, you win; you were right. I couldn't leave it unbalanced. Discussed it with Horifuji after my last appointment for the left side and I asked him what he would suggest. He suggested Sojobo on the right shoulder to keep the theme consistent. The karasu tengu on the left shoulder would need to be supervised, anyway. Horifuji at State of Grace in San Jose USA. Outline and details machine, almost all colour tebori. Great shop, great people, great experience, great artist. Links to his Instagram posts as the photos are much clearer than what I can do. And both sides from the front...
  11. piccalilli

    Red ink healing question

    I have found my body is not a fan of a certain bright yellow (by Solid Ink). Almost everything else on my half sleeve and hikae (afaik all with Solid Ink pigment) are quite healed and flush but the small areas done with this specific ink by machine are still a bit raised and bumpy. They also had more scabs and peeling. We will be using a different slightly richer shade of yellow for accents on my right side after discussing it as my body had no trouble with it. Must be a slight allergy. No trouble with red, the left shoulder healed perfectly well and I also had a significant amount of the same red on my right shoulder done a week ago, no trouble at all.
  12. piccalilli

    Good japanese reference books

    Oh yes, I forgot - I have this one too, it is excellent. Good call, @thewitchhunter !
  13. piccalilli

    Good japanese reference books

    * This one is pretty decent as an overview (and it is readily available i.e. affordable!) Japanese Tattoos: History * Culture * Design * This one is a bit older but good (written by Taki aka Horitaka aka Ryudaibori, owner of State of Grace in San Jose) Bushido Legacies of the Japanese Tattoo * Another one by Taki that is good (sounds close to what you're after) Tattoos of the Floating World: Ukiyo-e Motifs in the Japanese Tattoo * This one (by Horitomo of the Monmon Cats) is good if you're particularly interested in Fudo Myo-o (has some more general reference material on irezumi/monmon/wabori/etc). A lot of it is sketches that he had made from original art as well as historical detail on the iconography. Geared towards artists but I still found it interesting/educational. Immovable: Fudo Myo-O Tattoo Design by Horitomo In the end though, if you have a good artist who is knowledgeable, they can guide you in the right direction. I know that I could trust the person I worked with to get everything "right" and he also was able to explain to me what decisions he made that were "breaking" the rules (and why). P.s. two more online resources that I personally like: Irebokuro (hasn't been updated in donkey's years but what is there I found very educational) BUDDHISM & SHINTŌISM IN JAPAN A-TO-Z PHOTO DICTIONARY OF JAPANESE RELIGIOUS SCULPTURE & ART (self-explanatory - a beast of a reference resource) P.p.s. I am not an expert, I am just very interested in the subject...