Horisumi & Tradition
As of 2015 I only use hand ground, high grade sumi ink from Nara, Japan for all the black and shading in my traditional Japanese tattoos . This year has been the time to honor the name I was given.. Hori-sumi. Its a lot more work but the look and feel of the tattoo is now second to none and the experience and reverence during the process makes it all the more authentic.
Sumi (墨) is Japanese for black ink. Although there are many different kinds of sumi, only a few are suitable for tattooing. The sumi made Nara City, Japan by the old ways is considered the highest quality and commands a high price. Cherry Blossom, Plum Blossom and 5 Star are the makes of Nara sumi that are most commonly used for tebori/wabori tattooing. Nara sumi is made by collecting the soot from burning pure vegetable oil—usually sesame or pauwlonia—and combining this with a glue derived from vegetable starch. This is shaped into sticks and dried. When needed, the tattoo artist grinds the stick in a slate inkwell called a suzuri until the correct consistency is achieved.
I still makes many of my own tattoo needles the old world way, by hand, using loose needles and soldering them into the configurations that I need to suit my immediate use, it is a lost art that I maintain a daily hold on to, and I aim to pass it on and teach the needle making craft to my Deshi.
Mixing my own ink from colour pigments is one of the most difficult, messy and time consuming aspects of keeping the old world tradition alive yet I know it is not only a vital link to the past and real tattooing but also produces the absolute best results with my tattooing. Vibrant colours, long lasting brightness and complete control over tone, hue and saturation make this one facet of tradition I will never turn my back on!
I create all my tattooing colours using safe non-toxic pigments that have been used safely for decades and mixing them with inert ingredients to make the smoothest and most usable ink I possibly can. Accept no substitutes.
The 7th Annual Sydney Tattoo & Body Art Expo was held on 13th, 14th & 15th March 2015 at the Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park. The event featured over 300 local, national and international artists and attracted over 16,000 visitors over the three days! Authentink Studio was well represented with a huge 5 station booth right near the front door!
The highlight for the expo was Kian Forreal winning the top prize in the Asian/Oriental tattoo contest with his giant Koi Back Piece. What an honour to win first place in his chosen speciality!
All our artists from Authentink Studio worked at the expo, with some continuing work on existing clients to showcase their favourite works for the crowd, but we also put aside time for walk-up tattoos, which is what the expo is all about!
Check out the pics below of the team and all our awesome clients!
The Sydney Tattoo Expo 2015 Authentink Crew (from left to right : Anna, Seth, Jordan, Enku, Kei, Kian, Logan, Lauren)
Kian Forreal working on a dragon head calf piece
Kei finishing off a full black and grey religious sleeve
Enku Shoji finishing off his Terry Pratchett inspired sleeve (finished piece below!)
Kian Forreal working on a small script walk up piece, his deshi Logan dutifully watching over Kian’s shoulder
Jedi Master and Padawan
Lauren Fox stencilling on a small walk up butterfly piece
Kei finishing of a sleeve of butterflies and roses, adding in background
More on Kian Forreal’s dragon head calf piece!
Rose sleeve by Jordan Keeble
Enku working on a walk up neck piece!
The crew set up a back room drawing area to create custom walk up pieces!
Seth Arcane continuing work on this epic geometric/dotwork back piece
All 5 stations pumping at the expo!
Lauren Fox finished off an awesome traditional panther leg piece
Enku Shoji completing the other side of a double knee script rocker
Kian Forreal shading colour on the feathers of Sarah’s phoenix back piece
Kian Forreal having a great time with Jason’s warrior/snake back piece
Lauren Fox starting off a traditional rose shoulder piece
Jordan Keeble kicking off a traditional rose cover up piece!
A black and grey crown on the wrist, walk up tattoo by Enku Shoji
Seth Arcane working on one of his amazing dot work pieces (finished piece below!)
Kian Forreal working on the best part of a back piece, the ribs near the under arm… Ouch!
Enku Shoji drawing on a peony, not bad for an impulse walk up tattoo!
Jordan Keeble having a whale of a time with this thigh piece 🙂
Kian Forreal and Enku Shoji
Seth Arcane starting on a neck piece
Lauren Fox extending her fun Pokemon sleeve. She loves this stuff!
The Support Crew – Logan, Anna and Jordy Jae. Love you guys, you rock!!!
The whole team had a great time, huge thanks to all our amazing clients who are patient, dedicated and love the art as much as we do! We’d be nothing without you! See you all next year!
Finally after several months, Ning Chula starts at Authentink Studio this Tuesday March 24th! You can view his full portfolio and read his biography here on the website! He specialises in traditional Japanese tattooing and black and grey realism. Consults are free of charge.. just ring the shop on 8399 1973 or send us an email from the contact form on the shop website www.authentink.com !
Hey so I won first place in the best Asian/Oriental Category on Saturday at the Sydney Tattoo Expo with this giant Koi Backpiece! Super big thanks to all my clients and staff for the support!!!! Very Happy!
Available at the shop in person, mail order (email us from contact form) or at the Sydney Tattoo Expo this weekend! www.tattooexpo.com.au
$5 each… iPhone 5&6 and Galaxy s5 & s6!!
Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal and Authentink Tattoo Studio are seeking interns for the shop that can commit at least 2-3 days a week or more for a minimum 6 month period.
You must be hard working, dependable, under 23, punctual, fluent in English language, both writing and speaking and most importantly, know how to listen and take direction. I am looking for the best and the brightest. The internship is a pathway to shop assistant and then tattoo apprentice for the right person.
To put your name in for consideration you must send me a handwritten letter telling me a bit about yourself and your history, a recent clear photo of yourself, and if you like, include some drawings you have done.
#306 4-14 Buckingham St
Surry Hills, NSW
Authentink Studio is happy to announce that Seth Arcane is back from overseas and working full-time again at the shop… accepting consults and making bookings again!! He’s busy as but always has time for his style of dotwork tattoo, geometric tattooing and tribal tattooing! Ring the shop or email us for a free consult with him!
Authentink Studio will be attending and participating in the 2015 Sydney Tattoo Expo at the Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park on the 13th,14th and 15th of March this year!
All of our artists will be working the show and will be available for walk-up tattoos, or a chat about future work in the shop. The artists will also have hard copies of their portfolios available to browse.
If you’d like to pre-book for an appointment at the expo please contact the shop by phone, email or in person and we’ll do our best to accommodate your request!
The shop will have t-shirts, prints, phone cases and other merchandise available for sale and of course we’ll all be smiling and happy and looking forward to meeting everyone!
Guest Artist Aka from Brazil all month! Come check him out!
Guest Artist Lance Vilbro from Ulla Dulla this Thurs – Saturday at the shop doing walk-ins!! Script man!! come on down!!
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