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  1. Rites of Passage Tattoo Festival SYDNEY 27-29 OCT

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    The crew at Authentink Tattoo Studio are stocked to be attending the Sydney Rites of Passage Tattoo Festival this year! All our full time artists will be tattooing there at some point over the weekend, so make sure you come by and say hi! As usual, we will be putting time aside for walk-ups. So, you will have an amazing opportunity to be able to just walk up and organise a tattoo with any of our artists and skip their waiting lists! Tickets are available at the door, but you can get better prices and skip the queues if you pre-purchase online. Doors open at 10am, Royal Hall of Industries, 27th, 28th & 29th October. See you there, for more info please check out the Rites of Passage website



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  2. Tiger Beer – Uncaged Project by Kian Forreal

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    Tiger Beer is one of the most popular beers of South East Asia, and is expanding its market into Europe, the US and Asia Pacific. For their latest ad campaign, they reached out to Kian Horisumi Forreal to develop a concept based on oriental style tattoo art. His brief was to create something powerful that lives up to the same brand ethos of Tiger Beer, something with an oriental feel to it, but that does not hail to any one particular culture or country, and of course it had to contain the iconic Tiger Beer logo.

    Kian came up with the concept below, for a full back piece and sleeves, of a majestic tiger climbing a mountain above a waterfall, with the moon rising in the background.

    Bamboo is traditionally then flora used alongside the tiger, its natural habitat. And the peony is a strong, masculine flower, the King of Flowers, to go alongside the King of Beasts.

    This concept and final artwork took months of sketching, presenting, back and forth with approvals and changes. But once it was approved, it was only one short week until the next stage was underway. A 14 hour day was ahead of them, to paint this full back piece and then do a photoshoot afterwards, for the next global campaign of Tiger Beer.

    First step was to apply the stencil and then free-hand on the extra elements and the background (water, clouds and wind bars)

    The painting process took two artists 12 hour to complete. It was a marathon effort by both Kian and Lance, not to mention a patient model!

    It was a huge undertaking by everyone involved, but it was not over. Once the artwork had been completed, the model went on to do a 2 hour photo shoot!

    The final result…. a bus shelter in Perth!!

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  3. Sydney Tattoo Expo March 10-12 2017 – Come see us there!

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    Its the Sydney Tattoo Expo this weekend and we are there in full force from Friday to Sunday at the International Convention Centre in Darling harbour. The studio will remain open for the weekend as well with our artists rotating between the shop and the expo. Attached below is our artist roster so that if you are coming to see a specific artist you know which day to come! Hope to see you there!

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  4. Horisumi x Archie Rose Distillery – Limited Series Gin Release

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    Hey.. so I’ve had a project in the works for months and months now.. and today is the day I can finally go public with it..finally.


    I am proud to announce a collaboration between myself and Archie Rose Distilling Co. @archierosesyd bringing you a series of limited release bespoke gins based on the Japanese seasons and flavoured with unique and delicious botanicals.. the concept and label artwork created and executed by yours truly.. today marks the release of ‘Autumn’ (here in Australia it is autumn) and these will be followed the rest of seasons with their own botanicals and different artworks… the first 200 bought will be wrapped in a traditional Japanese silk cloth and numbered.. don’t miss out! Buy 1 to drink and 1 to keep.. as the series will be very collectible once they are all released!

    “In collaboration with acclaimed tattoo artist, Horisumi, Horisumi Autumn is the first in a series of four rare gins, which celebrate the uniqueness of each Japanese season.

    Inspired by a mutual respect for nature and the hand forged, Horisumi Autumn accentuates the spice-driven notes of red miso, sesame seed and Sancho pepper, making for a complex, savoury gin.

    With an emphasis on deeper, earthy characteristics underpinned by spice, Horisumi Autumn offers gentle warmth as the evenings begin to cool.

    Taking cues from Japanese ingredients, the result is a spice driven style of gin with juniper present but playing a supporting role to these characteristics.

    A versatile gin, forgo the tonic and try it with soda and your choice of citrus garnish – pomelo would be our pick. It also makes for a mean Negroni or get creative with a Martini and substitute Umeshu for Vermouth.

    Note: The first 200 bottles will be hand wrapped in a furoshiki wrap featuring the individual bottle number and Autumn kanji.”

    Enjoy.. visit the Archie Rose website to get your pre-sale bottles!

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  5. Happy New Year 2017!!

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    Authentink Studio Crew wants to wish a very Happy New Year to all our old and new loyal clients for the coming year 2017! All the best from us and the best of luck to you all! Cheers!

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  6. Authentink Seeking interns and Deshi

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    Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal is now accepting applications for a shop intern with a pathway to being Horisumi’s personal Deshi at Authentink Studio in Sydney after a probationary period for the right candidate. Read more here…

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  7. Horisumi’s Lecture at the Art Gallery of NSW

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    On Saturday, 23rd July Horisumi was invited to the Art Gallery of NSW to present a lecture on the Art and Culture on Japanese Tattooing.

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    “Follow my talk as we explore the links between old world Japans’ ‘Floating World pleasure disctricts’, Kabuki theater, ukiyo-e woodblock prints, their master artists and how it all ties in together to give birth to a style of tattooing known the world over as Traditional Japanese Tattoo. I will be discussing methods, histories and mythologies of this style and how it was brought from the old world to the new world. We will discuss how it is still practiced today in very much the same way as it was hundreds of years ago and why and the reason tattooing is still very much stigmatized to this day in modern Japan.”

    Topics covered included:

    The first evidence of human tattooing

    Handmade tattoo ink and tattoo tools

    The introduction of tattooing to the Western world

    The influence of Japanese tattoos to the Western world

    The Floating World and its relevance to woodblock prints and tattoos

    The Samurai, The Hikeshi and The Otokadate

    The 108 Heroes of the Suikoden

    The elusive Yakuza

    The Sanja Matsuri festival

    Dr Fukushi and his tattooed skins






    Attendees had a chance to get up close and personal with three of Horisumi’s clients who have ongoing Traditional Japanese Bodysuit tattoos. It gave everyone an opportunity to see all the concepts that had been discussed in the flesh!

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    If you missed out on attending, don’t worry! Kian has been invited back to do another talk at the Gallery, and already has another seminar planned soon with the Japan Foundation later this year! Keep your eyes out for details!!

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  8. Ladies Night Success!!!

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    On Thursday, 28th July, Authentink held its first ever Ladies Night! An evening hosted purely for the ladies, with sparkling wine, cheese and antipasto plates, and sweet treats alongside awesome tattoos! We couldn’t have anticipated the amazing response and attendance on the night, with over 120 people coming through the doors and over 50 tattoos done on the night, with many more booking in to come in another day so they don’t miss out! We were tattooing into the early hours of the morning, with the super keen leaving us at around 2am! Now, that’s dedication!

    Below are just a few of the 53 tattoos that were done on the night…

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    Authentink ladies night

    We couldn’t have asked for a more friendly and supportive crowd of ladies! We had ladies of all ages, from all walks of life, all coming together for a common interest! Can’t wait until we do it all again!

    Check out the action shots below…













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  9. Ladies Night at Authentink Studio!

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    July 28th at 7:30pm!

    Our first ever Ladies Night at @authentink_studio ! We are super excited to announce this and put on this event! Sparkling wine, nibbles and chilled beats to create a glamorous atmosphere while we do walk-ins for the ladies and gents of Sydney. Being ‘Ladies night’ we are offering a lower minimum price of $75 for all ladies small tattoos this night! 18+ only and everyone is welcome to join us. No appointments or reservations.. Walk-ins only!

    Our whole shop crew and guests will be working @kianforreal_horisumi @laurenfoxtattoo @setharcane @ningtattoo @enkutattoo @lance_st.vincent @jess_martucci – Thursday July 28th at 7:30pm!

     ‪#‎ladiesnightauthentink‬ ‪#‎ladiesnight‬ ‪#‎walkintattooshop‬ ‪#‎walkins‬

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  10. Horisumi – Kian Forreal at the Art Gallery of NSW

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    Horisumi will be doing a 2 hour lecture on July 23rd, 2016 from 2-4pm at the prestigious Art Gallery of NSW on the history and culture of Japanese Tattooing. Very exciting! You can book tickets online to attend on the link below… as seats are limited you should jump at the chance if interested because we have a sneaking suspicion it will sell out quickly!  We are all very excited for Kian and to hear what he has to present!

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