Natan’s Japan Trip 2008

Aya and I traveled to Japan in December 2008 to visit some of the greatest artists to influence modern tattooing. We were very fortunate to meet Horiyoshii III, the master tattoo artist of Yokohama, as well as Shige, of Yellow Blaze Tattoo. Additionally, thanks to our friend Kiyono, we were also able to spend several days studying traditional Japanese tattooing (Tebori) with tattoo master HoriKiyo. Natan received a traditional tattoo from HoriKiyo, a Bonji character for Fudo Myo. Fudo Myo is a Buddhist deity who called the "Immovable One" because he delivers human beings from temptations. Below are some images from the trip!
Horiyoshii III, Japans foremost tattoo master

Horiyoshii III, Japans foremost tattoo master

Shiges work has become some of the most respected and imitated tattoo work in the world in the past few years. Check out why at YellowBlaze.net
Shige, Yellow Blaze Tattoo

Shige, Yellow Blaze Tattoo

HoriKiyo is a true Horishii, quietly and modestly creating masterpieces while seeking no attention. It was an honor to receive a tattoo from him and to sit and observe while he worked. We will definitely be back!
Traditional Japanese Tattoo Lessons

Traditional Japanese Tattoo Lessons

Tebori in progress

Tebori in progress

The tattoo hurt much less than I thought. I can even forgive the Yankees Shirt!

The tattoo hurt much less than I thought. I can even forgive the Yankees Shirt!

Japanese Chrysanthemum tattoo by Natan

Kiku, Japanese Chrysanthemum

Kiku, Japanese Chrysanthemum

This is the final piece of a band of Japanese flowers recently completed by Natan at Witch City Ink in Salem Ma.  The rest of the tattoo is viewable in Natans portfolio at witcityink.com. Natan specializes is custom tattooing and is available for appointments at any of his 3 shops in Massachusetts.  He works by appointment only and is generally booked at least 3 weeks in advance.

Natan- “NEW” Octopus Half Sleeve

Octopus 1/2 Sleeve

Octopus tattoo 1/2 Sleeve

Artist: Natan Alexander Lin Subject: Octopus Medium: Black and Gray tattoo This half sleeve octopus tattoo is a fine example of Black and Grey work from our shop owner and artist Natan.  His extensive studies and work in Japan allowed him to add Japanese inspired style waves to round out the piece and fit the clients needs.

Stipple tattoo by Steve Gillespie

Stipple Tattoo by Steve Gillespie

Stipple Tattoo by Steve Gillespie

Artist: Steve Gillespie Subject: A great example of a (monochromatic) stipple tattoo.  Stippling is the technique of using small dots to simulate varying degrees of solidity or shading.  Unlike pontillism which uses a variety of colors stippling uses only one.  In the above photo you can see that Steve, one of our Witch City Ink artists used red dots to create this piece of body art.