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  1. Holiday Hours

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    Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

    The shop is closed on December 22-23-24-25-26-27-28

    We ARE open on Monday December 29 – Tuesday December 30 and Wednesday December 31

    we are closed on Jan 1 – 2 – 3 -4 -5

     Back to Normal Hours on Jan 6 2015.

    We will be open on Sunday Jan 11 and Sunday Jan 18

    many thanks!

    Authentink Team

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  2. Kian Horisumi Forreal & award winning Sake Restaurant!

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    Kian Forreal Sake Restaurant

    Earlier in the year, Kian Forreal undertook a unique side project to his normal tattooing and business owner duties. An interior design firm approached Kian for his expertise and assistance in creating a new and authentic design to update and invigorate their award winning restaurant in The Rocks. Sake Restaurant has multiple locations around Australia, who will also eventually receive the “Kian Forreal interior upgrade”, however the Sydney flagship restaurant in The Rocks was the first, and has been awarded a Chef’s Hat, and has also been named the Best Asian Restaurant by the prestigious RCA Awards.

    The new design would embrace the culture of large scale traditional Japanese tattooing. In order to ensure a unique design, Kian Forreal undertook the project to do body painting on two models for a special photoshoot for the interior design.

    Kian drew up two designs, one for a peony 1/2 sleeve, with chest piece and another for a full back traditional dragon.

    Once the stencil was applied, each petal, leaf and scale was painstakingly painted in, layer upon layer to create a traditional tattoo look and feel

    Kian Forreal Sake Restaurant Sydney

    Kian Forreal Sake Restaurant Sydney

    Kian Forreal Sake restaurant Sydney

    Sake Restaurant Kian Forreal

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    Sake Restaurant Kian Forreal

    The result was amazing! After hours of the model sitting perfectly still and upright, she was off to hair and make up and ready to get in front of the camera!

    Kian Forreal Body Painting

    Sake Restaurant Kian Forreal

    Kian Forreal Body Paint

    Sake Restaurant Kian Forreal

    Sake Restaurant Kian Forreal

    The finished product, online and in real life at the restaurant

    Sake Restaurant Kian Forreal

    Sake Restaurant Kian Forreal

    Sake Restaurant Kian Forreal

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    Sake Restaurant Kian Forreal

    Sake Restaurant Kian Forreal

    A huge thanks to the models for their patience, and for not moving an inch the whole day while being painted!

    Kian Forreal Sake Restaurant

    Kian Forreal Sake Restaurant Sydney

    You can check out the restaurant via their website here. Give them a visit, you won’t be disappointed!

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  3. Authentink Studio Officially Now OPEN on Sundays for the month of December!

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    Authentink Tattoo Studio will now be open for business on December 7, December 14 and December 21 until 6pm!  We’ll be doing walk-ins and prearranged appointments as we work to prepare for our time off during the holidays!! Don’t miss out!!


     Authentink Crew!

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  4. December Opening Hours – Open Sundays!!

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    Due to high demand for weekend tattoos and walk-ins.. a few of our artists at the shop will be working Sunday December 7, Sunday December 14 and Sunday December 21!!   Book in now to avoid being left out! As we are nearly booked until the new year as it is! First in best dressed!  Come by the studio or ring us on 8399 1973 for availability!!

     We will be CLOSED from Dec 22 – Dec 28, 

     OPEN  on December 29,30 and 31.

     CLOSED  January 1 – 5  and reopen on Jan 6th 2015!   


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  5. Authentink Studio 1 Year Anniversary Party!

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    We would like to thank everyone that turned up to the party and had a great night celebrating our first year anniversary with us!! Was an awesome night! Thank you to all our clients past and present for supporting us all and making this all possible! Thank for your trust with your skin! 

    Here’s to many more years to come!!



    Miss Inked 2015 and Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal at the front of the shop!

    View the whole gallery below

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  6. Horisumi performing the sake ritual at the King of Tattoo Convention!

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  7. Geometic Tattoo and Dotwork Tattoos by new Artist

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    Seth Arcane is now working full time with us at Authentink Studio, excelling at Geometric tattooing, tribal tattooing, blackwork tattoos and dotwork tattoos. These are his first two tattoos done this week! Awesome! Welcome to the Authentink Family!
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  8. Shop Newsletter 2014

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    Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal – Newsletter August 2014

    Hey, been a while since I’ve done a newsletter, been so very busy doing stuff for Authentink Studio I’ve had no time to write about it.  Alas, lots to report now!

    I’ve worked pretty much non-stop for the past year building the shop and creating this amazing creative environment for the other artists to work in, spent my life savings building my dream shop and doing my own tattooing full time as well..  its been a big year!

    Now time for a little rest and relaxation…

    I will be visiting the 10th Annual London Tattoo convention in the UK late September this year just as a spectator for a change and as a  ‘reporter/photographer’ for Inked AU/NZ Magazine. So I won’t be tattooing there in the halls of Tobacco Dock this year but I’ll be hanging out and taking pictures and catching up with friends old and new, and buying stuff! If you see me come say hi!

    Really looking forward to it.. not the 24 hour flight each way so much.. but that’s the price you pay for living in the paradise that Australia is!

    And 2 weeks later I will flying over to Japan to do pretty much the same thing at the King Of Tattoo convention in Tokyo, really excited about that as I have never been to this convention and it should be pretty amazing… and I will get to hang out with Horikitsune and Horiyoshi III again which is always special J

    I’ll only be in Japan for 5 days but I plan on getting a lot done and seeing as much as I can this trip as my last visit there was a lot more ‘party’ oriented, this trip is all about tattoo and I intend on making the most of it… if you’re going to be there let me know!

    New Artist

    As far as shop stuff goes we have a lot going on here in Sydney too, this week we have Seth Arcane starting at the shop full-time on August 13th.

    Its been a long time coming and we are very excited to have him working with us at the shop as his work is fantastic and he’s an awesome guy! His tattooing is mainly ethnographic black work, so in the tribal styles of Polynesia, Samoa, Tahiti and New Zealand, he also specializes in geometric dotwork and mandalas that have to be see to be believed! Check out his work here.


    Here’s something of interest you might want to read through, this is an excerpt from an article I wrote last year in Inked Magazine, and once again I am looking for a candidate.  Have a read:

    ‘What I see a lot of now is a fad and a trend and a bunch of silliness and the people are drawn to that, the fame, the fortune, the face tattoos, the TV shows, the tattooed pin up girls, and of course, the drama.  I want to inject some realness back in the scene, let people know, let you know that there is an entire ‘other’ world of serious tattooing and serious tattoo artists out there that are making great tattoos in their own little worlds that aren’t seeking fame and fortune but are just happy creating fantastic art for themselves and their clients. This is what I am passionate about.  It sadden me when I see all these ordinary tattoo artists around the world taking on apprentices when they themselves don’t have much to teach and their apprentices have apprentices and obviously that’s a train wreck, its pretty ridiculous really and it’s dumbing down the entire tattoo community as a whole, not unlike the plot in the fantastic movie Idiocracy. The bad tattooers are ‘out breeding’ the good ones, exponentially, and soon the whole thing will be one giant retarded reality show of shiny trendy face tattoos for kids. I have no interest in contributing to the mess, but I am meeting it head on by taking on another serious apprentice this year as a vacancy has presented itself at the shop.

     This will be a real traditional apprenticeship with a 5 year commitment to becoming a great tattoo artist. Not for the faint of heart. I may not be the most agreeable person in the world but I have something to teach and pass on to help the cause of good tattooing.

    You must have some artistic skill and notion, be hard working, dependable, under 20, punctual, fluent in English, both writing and speaking, be a permanent Australian resident, be able to commit to 5 years and most importantly, know how to listen and take direction. I am looking for the best and the brightest.


    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. DO NOT send me tattoo photos, any envelopes with tattoo photos will be thrown in the trash unread. This is not a job application for a tattoo artist, it is an expression of interest for the position of tattoo apprentice.

    You can send your envelope to

    Kian Forreal
    Authentink Studio
    #306  4-14 Buckingham St
    Surry Hills, NSW 2010

    Please do not email me about this. Write me a letter.

    Thank you and good luck ‘


    Feel free to pass that on to anyone whom you think might qualify.

    From our merchandise department… read below!  J

    We’ve got a selection of new shirts available at the shop for sale..


    and for those that don’t know we also have a selection of children’s shop onesies and t-shirts! While we do some mail order we prefer if come around to the studio to purchase. If you want to mail order from out of town please drop us an email on  or email us through the Contact form on the shop website!


    you can view our selection of t-shirts and childrens apparel here.



    We also have some new iphone cases available in the store.. and the standard one we had at the tattoo convention still available.  In shop and mail order for those too! Check em out here!

    We do a lot of social media for the shop using facebook and instagram, you can follow the shop on instagram  @authenink_studio  and each artist from their profile page on the artists section, most of us post new tattoo work daily and other interesting things!

    With our shop facebook page we are always keen to have clients write little reviews for us and leave a rating for other potential clients to see and read. With so many new shops out there doing substandard work it really does people wanting a new tattoo a public service if they can read a real review from a studio they are considering visiting.  Please review our facebook page here!

    OR much better yet… if you have a Google/Gmail/Youtube account we really need more honest reviews of the shop on the Google page that pops up on the map when you search us.. I know I am sounding a bit needy here, haha.. but we’ve based our shop off of ‘great service, great artists and a great vibe’!  How are people going to know unless you tell them for us?! J

    Google Review page for Authentink Studio is here…

    And just for your information the artist formerly known as Lucky Lauren is now rebranded as Lauren Fox! It was time for a change for her and to move on to the next phase of her career…  so far so good as her work has certainly moved to the next level! Check out her profile here!

    And lastly.. for those of you on my waitlist… thank you so much for your patience! At the moment I am consulting with clients that have been waiting around 14 months or so….   So again, thanks for waiting and I will be in touch with you as soon as your time is up to create an awesome one-of-a-kind Japanese tattoo for you!!

    Thanks for reading all that…  I wish you well and I sincerely appreciate being part of the journey of building my shop Authentink Studio!


    Kind regards!




    PS: Here’s a link to my updated portfolio!



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  9. Added ‘Online Reviews’ to menu bar

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    We have linked our online reviews posted on the Authentink Studio Facebook page to the shop website menu under ‘About’.  Some genuine unsolicited feedback from our clients! Check it out!

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  10. Store Update!

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    We’ve updated the Store contents.. lots of goodies! Either drop by the shop to purchase or send us an email through the WEBSITE ONLY with your order and we’ll ship it to you! Awesome!

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