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  1. Inked AU Magazine, issue #39

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    Inked Magazine Kian Forreal

    Grab your copy of Inked AU Magazine to read Kian’s latest article. For a bit of a change of pace, Kian will be using this and the next few issues to highlight some tattoo history, focusing on the origins in Japan and its impact on the west, and western tattooing! Definitely worth a read!


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  2. Sensei Horisumi visits Japan!

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    Following on from the previous post on the Senja Matsuri festival, here are just some of the pics that Kian took while there last weekend. Also keep your eyes peeled for the next Inked AU magazine for Kian’s full write up!

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    The UNESCO World Heritage Site, Nikko Temple is about a 90 min bullet train ride from Tokyo. After the Senja Matsuri festival was over, Kian took the trip to check out this amazing place. Something that is a less well known fact, is that a lot of Japanese tattoo reference can be traced directly back to Nikko Temple where the great artists we all know and love got much of their reference from for both paintings and woodblock prints. There are 103 buildings or structures at Nikko, all surrounded by nature, peace and tranquiltiy. There are two Shinto Shrines, a Buddhist temple, nine of the structures are designated “National Treasures of Japan” and the remaining 94 are “Important Cultural Properties”

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  3. HCF Ad featuring Kian Forreal

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    People get tattooed for many different reasons. Memorial tattoos, traditional tattoos, decorative tattoos, Japanese tattoos, American tattoos, geometric tattoos, cover-up tattoos, spur of the moment impulse tattoos.

    But its certainly a sign the times are changing when a mainstream private health insurance company is covering the cost of tattooing over a mastectomy scar!

    In a new advertising campaign titled “Health Comes First”, Kian was approached to “tattoo” a lady for the ad. Check it out below!

    It is becoming increasingly popular to tattoo over scar tissue, or even stretch marks. Scars are a part of you, they represent your life, your battles, perhaps even your achievements, however some people like to cover them. Scars are permanent, but so are tattoos, so it is important to choose the right design, and also the right artist to do your work. It is important that your artist is comfortable with tattooing over scars, as the skin reacts differently, so make sure you ask them first if it is something they can do.

    Before getting scar tissue tattooed, its important to get the OK by your doctor first. Depending on the type of scar tissue, it will need a good amount of time to heal. While it is always possible to tattoo scars (as in, insert ink into the skin) it will look different. Scar tissue is rigid, sometimes raised, rough and less porous, and so the ink does not always settle in the same way. The colours will not always be as vibrant as non-scarred tissue. But this will of course vary from person to person depending on the severity and location of the scar.

    If you would like to talk to an artist about tattooing over a scar, give us a call to book in for a consult. Our artists can chat to you about design, colour, shape and placement for you to have an effective cover up of your scar.

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  4. Sanja Matsuri 2016

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    The Sanja Matsuri Festival will be held this weekend May 13-15 in Tokyo at the Asakusa shrine. It is considered the largest and wildest Shinto festivals in Tokyo. The festival is held in honour of the three men who established and founded the Asakusa shrine. The parade centres around three mikoshi, which are portable shrines, and involves lots of traditional music and dancing, however there are also around another 100 smaller mikoshi also roaming the streets of Asakusa. Around 2 million people will travel to Asakusa to partake and observe this religious parade.

    The biggest draw card to the tattoo-curious like us, are the Yakuza. This festival is the only one in Japan where the Yakuza can show off their tattoos. Donning the traditional fundoshi, the Yakuza climb on top of the shrines, waving fans and showing off their body suits in all their glory. Below are some pics from Google, but Kian and his apprentice, Logan will be attending the festival, and reporting back not their experience.


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  5. New Shop Film – Authentink – East to West | 4K

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    Check out this awesome short film made about our shop Authentink Studio and its founder Horisumi Kian Forreal. Watch in full screen for the full effect!

    Authentink – East to West ~ Horisumi Kian Forreal
    A look inside Sydney, Australia’s premier tattoo shop – Authentink Studio and the man behind it, Horisumi Kian Forreal.

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  6. Happy New Year 2016!

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    Happy New Year from all of us at Authentink Studio! We are all back to normal hours and days and holidays and ready to rock! We have a full shop for this summer with a great line up of talented artists that cater to every style of tattooing that matters!  We’ll also have a few guests coming along this year from overseas to bring some extra international flavour to the shop! Even though the majority of our artists are  themselves!

    Kian ‘Horisumi Forreal is from Canada and specialises in traditional japanese style tattooing, Lauren Fox is from the USA and specialises in American Traditional and comic book art as well as several other contemporary styles. Seth Arcane is from South Africa and excels at Dotwork, geometric style tattooing as well as tribal and Polynesian and Maori styles of blackwork art. Ning Chula hails from Thailand and specialises in modern and traditional styles of Japanese tattooing as well as some black and grey realism and smaller dotwork pieces. Enku Shoji of Japanese descent loves doing all styles of Japanese tattooing and some lettering as well as the occasional black & grey piece. Lance St. Vincent is our resident Australian artist of mixed descent that loves all things Japanese and American traditional, he also loves and specialises in all sorts of lettering and fancy scripts, large and small! We have two long time serving guest artists as well,  Jess Martucci that comes to us from France and has lived and worked in Japan among other places, he loves doing smaller Japanese inspired tattoos and traditional pieces. And last but certainly not least is Jonas Bødker that came to us directly from Denmark and creates the most amazing realistic and technically perfect black & grey realism tattoos that have to be seen to be believed!

    All of our artists are dedicated professionals that put their tattooing above all else and care greatly about each piece they are doing whether it is their speciality style in a large tattoo or a small walk-in tattoo. Each artist does walk-in tattoos when time permits and is versatile enough that they can tattoo in any style incredibly proficiently when called upon to do so from small names on a wrist to butterflies, dreamcatchers or geometric designs. We have it covered.

    Thats our line up for this year so far, please check their respective portfolios in the artists page and check out their work in detail!  Any questions or if you want to book in a free 30 minute no-obligation consultation with one of them you can ring us on (02) 8399 1973 or email us through the contact form on the contact page.

    Many thanks and all the best in 2016!

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  7. Christmas Holdiays – Opening Days and Hours!

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    We Are Open over the Christmas Holidays and Festive Season!


    Authentink Studio will be Open as usual from 11am until 7pm on December 22nd and 23rd.

    We are closed on December 24th, 25th, 26th, and 27th.

    We are OPEN on Monday December 28th, Tuesday December 29th and Wednesday December 30th from 11am until 7pm! We will have several artists working and we will be taking bookings for these days as well as doing walk-ins on a first come first serve basis with whatever time is available!

    Book in now to avoid disappointment!

    We are closed from December 31st until January 4th

    The shop will back to normal operating days and hours on January 5th 2016 when we all come back to work! 

    Merry Xmas and Happy New Year to Everyone!!

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  8. Recent Completed Backpieces

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    Here are the four most recent completed Traditional Japanese Backpieces by Horisumi Kian Forreal showing the incredible amount of detail, craftsmanship and complexity he puts into his work. Each of these backs took nearly 2 years to complete and a serious amount of perseverance, discipline and commitment was needed by the clients. The owners of these tattoos are very proud to be wearing these finished works of art now that they are done and Horisumi is very grateful and happy to have had the trust and opportunity to complete them.


    jason warrior snake back

    *sleeves also done by Horisumi



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  9. An Archive of all of Kian’s Inked articles in one place!

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    We have finally uploaded an entire catalog of Kian’s ‘Authentink’ articles from Inked AU/NZ magazine to the website!  You can read them all here!   Enjoy~

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  10. New Print Available from Kian

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    New Prints by Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal

    Limited edition run of 13 prints of  A4 skull and Sakura watercolor painting. Signed and numbered. Original available still for purchase, please contact Kian.

    $20 – shipping included Australia wide, $25 international for prints. Can be picked up in person and bought at the shop or ordered via email on contact page! Thanks.17988_10152874521117050_5827822044205447664_n


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