welcome to my world of japanese tattoo art

Clean And Bold Tattooing - my Life and Passion since 1996

WHAT WE DO

I provide
creative solutions for all your tattooing needs!
You don’t have to have a complete design ready, just a basic idea of placement and maybe meaning, and the rest is work in progress, starting with a free 30min consultation. 

From initial meeting and consultation to design and execution of the tattoo everything is tailored to you, the client.

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About us

Introducing the Studio where all the Magic happens.

Tattoo Gallery

My first go at using unprimed canvas as a medium.
Lots of fun and learned heaps, now on to the next one!
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Finally back at work after a 5 day forced break curtesy of sinusitis.
Chipping away at @medicinalgats sleeve, snake got her pattern and some colour today, that peony on the end is 2 weeks healed tebori work btw.
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****repost because IG didn’t like me using Bonobo, even with reference.***
A little clip of a tebori session on @oto.francis.
A pair of karashishi frolicking in the Botan (peony) bushes.
**bookings now open for end of November December and January 2021 for new and existing pieces, email to: holger@horiga.com

*music by Bonobo, track is called “Bambro Koyo Ganda”
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One big last session on Tim to finish the koi sleeve we started last year. Orange koi colour fresh, rest healed a year.
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Little movie i made from the sparse photos and timelapse on Kyle’s project, keep your eyes peeled for more to come!
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Colour for the gobun (halfsleeve) hannya and Ko-omote on @tamponlollypops.
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Wellingtonians!
I will be attending the Halloween Tattoo Convention this year.
Come by the stand and say hello!
I still have Sunday the 01/11 available for someone keen to get some traditional japanese work done, dm if interested.
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Stories, Legends and Myths of Japan

In this blog i will try and share, to the best of my abilities, my knowledge and understanding of japanese myths and legends. 
Since most japanese tattoos are traditionally selected from this field to convey protection, strength, stamina, cunning or other traits pertaining to the wearer of the tattoo I figure a basic understanding of the Myths and Legends would be quite advantageous.

TSUKI-YOMI THE MOON GOD

  Tsukiyomi (Tsukiyomi-no mikoto ), penultimate child of Izanagi and brother of Amaterasu and Susa-no-o, was born when Izanagi washed out his right eye while purifying himself after his return[…]

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Susano-o, Kami of the ocean and storms

Susa-no-o was born from Izanagi when cleansing himself in the river after his visit to the underworld and washing out his nose. Like his sister Amaterasu and his brother Tsukiyomi,[…]

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Amaterasu the Sun Goddess

Amaterasu (Amaterasu-O-Mikami) the sun goddess was born from Izanagi when he washed out his left eye while purifying himself after his journey to the underworld. Having been placed in charge[…]

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The origins of Japan

The Beginings of Japan Going back to mythical times and drawing from the stories of the Kojiki (712 ad) and Nihon Shoki (720 ad), the oldest surviving chronicles of Japan,[…]

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