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

We have been using Wild Bush Balm healing cream here at the Sanctuary with great results and are proud to offer this locally hand-made product in the Studio.
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Finished off this Norse piece on @nash_117 depicting Odin and his two wolves, Geri and Freki. Looking forward to continue the story, thank you for your patience and trust!
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I would love to do more birds/animals/nature themed tattoos to complement my Japanese tattooing and keep variety. Shoot me an email if you are keen on getting something along these lines tattooed over winter. For anyone that doesn't know yet: any half day and full day sessions receive a free aftercare package to take with them- gotta make sure that Investment heals the way it ought to.
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on the subject healed vs. fresh: here is a Valkyrie and peony piece I started for Claire end of 2018 and finished jan2019. The healed picture is from March this year, to give a view of how colour holds or changes. Given it's only a couple of years old (which is bugger all in tattooing terms) it has settled in well.
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A little something different from the office.
what can I say, Kiwi's will get it...
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Here we have @sedatedbeauty and her pet octopus (which also covers up some black/grey roses that weren't quite what they were supposed to be. (sorry, no 'before' pic) we chipped away on that one in quite a few small session-goes to show that with persistence even on a small budget great tattoos can be achieved.
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Sakura Fubuki (cherry blossom blizzard) for Grant. I love the strength and simplicity of the traditional Japanese tattoo motives. Work like this will get preference, get at me! ...

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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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