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Tattoos: Pop Portraits, Japanese Traditional, American Eclectic | Off Book | PBS Digital Studios

Tattoos: Pop Portraits, Japanese Traditional, American Eclectic | Off Book | PBS Digital Studios


All Japanese tattoo design has a story behind. That’s the beauty of it. Tattooing fit me as a personality and I basically fell in love with it. I think there’s a baseline desire of having this moment
in time that helps build strength, that helps build your character, that defines
what it is that’s important to you. I was always doing portraits even before I was tattooing so it was just a matter of learning how to tattoo and learning how the machine works to translate that image into skin and
works translating that education and make it look good. I’ve always been more of a black and gray guy. I just tend to see things better in tones rather than color. Portraits, they’re a lot less forgiving
than regulars images. The likeness is really really hard to get, you know, in skin because skin is not paper, it’s elastic. You have to stretch it. I’ve done Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein. I’ve done a Marilyn Monroe. I did a Keith Richards one. I’m about to do a miniature Wonder Woman today. And I love Star Wars, you know, I’ve always loved
it, so I’ve done a lot of Star Wars portraits. I’m proud to be a geek, you know, and I just love that kind of stuff. Design, flow, balance, separation are factors in a good tattoo. I knew right away that this was a career I wanted to do and I’m really grateful. In Japan, yeah, it was a big deal to get tattoo on you because
tested on their because it’s a really really bad image but it’s definitely more casual here. I like punk rock. They use the minimum sounds to the music
and then make it sound so cool. Nothing fancy. That’s how I want to do about my tattooing, I think. All Japanese tattoo design has a story behind so you have to understand the meaning of
it. I think way deeper. If you look at all the Japanese painting nothing
so bright. It’s a lot of muted color with one really bright color so that that color stands out more than
anything else. what i’m doing is just look at them all stephanie’s any recreate in my way that’s already so it’s nothing native of
of that but sidle up or myself at least does not my
prestigious that’s uh… enough if people think that way then the fine
but idleness people’s trust me to stick together and
then voting so yeah i’m grateful that it’s finger holding in the points uh… become
attach your rights it’s so personal i like the simplicity about one-way and
yet the challenge of a was also really intriguing because it’s so permanently his lifelong experience with this
marking time it’s important to trustee ascetic appear
tend to there’s an old saying that you get the
cuties positive for the person you’re supposed to get you cut it all when you
come in if this is a person he was actually a legitimate experience like black and red light at the y
collector region selected submitted to discredit the clouds so i think that’s probably stronger
color palette for me but uh… i mean any detective you have to know how to do
it all i came about the faults and you said
that with the fact that i had a graphic design
background and my first natural instinct was to look
through articulation of books that i had on different fonts and i love typewriter it’s super simple it
is well looks good for ten series it’s just a classic there is a need in
us to mark ourselves in markey’s levels of power and strength flaky went way
back to the start of civilization and that’s the spiritual side of the aspect
of how we define ourselves or old superiority this much further in the
future of our skills half that desired today question attacked back to you says finds his also used at
the images nine-to-five hearings i have a tries that something for fourteen
years second seat alright history candice process there’s a certain sold at least comes
out notable darkened hot all these different
statics and styles and knowledge and so i think that it’s just a accumulation
close what a great little moments in my life

Comments (4)

  1. kiku is the best! he did an amazing dragon on my arm!

  2. Kiku is an amazing artist and really cool person. Highly recommended!

  3. Traditional JAPANESE TATS FTW!!

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