Archive for the 'Japanese Tattoos' Category


Hawk by Jon Mirro

This is my newest tattoo I got from my good friend Jon. I get tattooed by him every time I go back to Buffalo to visit my family. He can be found at Hand Of Doom Tattoo. If you want a beautiful large Japanese style tattoo, I suggest you save your money and book an appointment with Jon Mirro!


The Body Art Expo at the Cow Palace

This was a pretty silly tattoo. I loved every moment of it. 

This was my second time doing this tattoo convention at the Cow Palace. The name says it all. They heard you around like cattle. The Cow Palace was originally built for the rodeo. They hold every event you could ever imagine there: the gun show, the dog show and the train show. Can’t wait for the Slayer show.

I drew this rose on with a Sharpie. I prefer to work that way especially at a tattoo convention. The customer actually bought the rose painting off of me in the previous post. She just happened to run into  me at the right time twice in a week.

This Mermaid was a fun piece. I always enjoy doing traditional American tattoos.

The Cow Palace is  a mad house with hundreds of people drinking cheap beer, eating hot dogs and looking for tattoos. It is quite entertaining; I love people-watching.

I met a lot of new clients and did some cool tattoos. This year I was a lot less frustrated, already knowing what to expect from last year. I had a great time.

This last piece is still  in progress. We are working on an octopus sleeve with a young lady having a smoke. I had a little bit of time at the convention to put some black into the clouds. A tattoo this big with this much detail can take multiple sessions. The Misfits skull was already there. As much as I wish I could take credit for it, I just haven’t been tattooing that long.

Thank you to all my customers. I hope you love your tattoos and come in for another one.



I did this tattoo about two years ago. I love doing dragon tattoos. Dragons are probably the main reason that I wanted to start tattooing. This dragon design is based of off a Henning Jørgensen print. Henning Jørgensen is the best tattoo artist in the world, as far as I’m concerned. I would love to meet him and get a big piece done by him.

This tattoo is on a great client. He came in consistently for two months. A tattoo like this takes a lot of time and pain. So when we got to this point he was ready for a break. I hope that someday I can continue on this tattoo. I would like to add background and finishing the talons. I imagine swirls of clouds, wind bars and lightning.

If you would like to get a dragon and/or any other Japanese tattoos please contact me. Thank you.


Japanese Flowers

This is a half sleeve created for Corrie. A peony, chrysanthemum, and cherry blossoms with clouds and wind bars. She asked for bright flowers with a dark background. Naturally I drew a Japanese style design. I love doing Japanese influenced art, and I love tattooing large flowers. Three sessions so far, just a little bit more to do. Corrie is a great client of mine. She just sits there and takes all the abuse I give her (physically and verbally). I have done a few tattoos on her, and every time she just allows me to take the art in whatever direction I feel would look the best. There are just not enough Corries in this world. I can’t thank you enough. Thank you, thank you , thank you………..


Koi Fish Cover-Up

Koi fish are a very common theme in Japanese tattoos and work well for cover-ups. The koi fish often means good luck and fortune. In this case, it was for courage. This tattoo was covering up a checkered past. This koi tattoo is to help her move on with strength and determination to have a better life and a better tattoo.

We finished this tattoo in five sessions. She sits really well. I always love working on the thighs because it’s a great place for a big, bright, beautiful tattoo.

We will be starting her back piece soon to cover-up some more old tattoos.

Thank you…


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


Change in the Air

maple leafsJapanese maple leaves in the wind. Falling leafs often mean change.  Change is were I’m at.

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

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