Archive for December, 2009

30
Dec
09

It’s a Nue

I brought this tattoo back to life. It’s the first step to completing this back piece. There is a samurai to be re-done and some other tattoos to be covered up. I have a lot of work ahead of me. I just wanted to post the first nue I ever tattooed.

“A nue is a legendary creature¬†found in Japanese folklore. It is described as having the head of a monkey, the body of a raccoon dog, the legs of a tiger, and a snake as a tail. According to the legend, a nue can transform into a black cloud and fly. Due to its appearance, it is sometimes referred to as a Japanese chimera. Nue are supposed to be bringers of misfortune and illness.

According to The Tale of the Heike, Emperor Konoe, the Emperor of Japan, became sick after having terrible nightmares every night, and a dark cloud appeared at two o’clock in the morning on roof of the palace in Kyoto during the summer of 1153. The story says that the samurai Minamoto no Yorimasa staked-out the roof one night and fired an arrow into the cloud, out of which fell a dead nue. Yorimasu then supposedly sank the body in the Sea of Japan.

In a local expansion of the story, the nue’s corpse floated into a certain bay, and the locals, fearing a curse, buried it. A mound which exists today is supposed to be this grave.” -wikipedia

30
Dec
09

MOM

Everyone needs this tattoo. Who doesn’t love their mom? I love doing traditional tattoos, and it doesn’t get anymore traditional than the classic mom, heart tattoo.

29
Dec
09

Out of Step With the World!!!!!!!!!!!!

Not Much to say.

I believe this tattoo speaks for it self…..

Good times!

27
Dec
09

Sacred Rose Tattoo

This is a painting I made for my new card, for Sacred Rose Tattoo. I made the painting with acrylic ink & marker on board. I just started working at Sacred Rose Tattoo about a month ago. Please call for an appointment. (510) 883-1083 Sacred Rose is located at 1728 University Ave  Berkeley, California.

25
Dec
09

Sugar Skull

Big old sugar skull on Barry’s thigh. The thigh is my favorite place to tattoo, a large, white, stretched canvas. Barry is a great customer, he just brings me the idea and then lets me run with it. Can’t say this picture does this tattoo any justice, I love seeing this piece in person. Thank you Barry I hope I get to tattoo you in the near future.

07
Dec
09

Hour Glass

Tattoo done at Timeless Tattoo in Glasgow Scotland.




I enjoy doing large custom tattoos and paintings. I work at True Love Tattoo in Berkeley, Ca
Please send me an email if you are interested in my art herlihytattoo@gmail.com

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