Florida tattooing

Florida year around is a beautiful place but especially during the summer. Its hot out and everybody is on the BBQ and beach scene. But most importantly its a great time for tattoos. There are plenty of visitors and tourists that come to Florida looking for a good time. What better way to commemorate your visit to Florida than a super tough tattoo?

It’s awesome to be tattooing in Ybor City, we are located 5 minutes from the Port of Tampa and 15 from Tampa International Airport. Ybor is a hot bed for tourist activity and definitely one of the coolest places to visit in Tampa. There is so much history and energy in this town which only enhances the energy of the visitors that come into the shop and experience the magic.  We want to meet you and your friends that are excited about Florida summertime tattoos. We’ve got everything you need to make the summer of 2018 the ultimate adventure. Call or stop by the shop we can make it happen!

As always thank you for reading our blog! If you are coming near Tampa or are a local with awesome tattoo ideas we can make it happen for you either way. Send us whats on your mind on the contact page and have an awesome day!!!!

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The Hell Scrolls Research Project

Kyosai was an artist in Japanese history born in 1831, his artwork has influenced tattooing and many aspects of Japanese traditional tattoos specifically.  He is most well know for his eccentrically crafted paintings.  His talents were renowned throughout Japan during his most prominent days especially as a satirist, targeting the Japanese police force and other aspects of the government with his work.  He received multiple jail sentences and countless lashings as a result of his persistence. Kyosai was a total outlaw in his time and a true inspiration. He has a ton of work that has influenced tattooing for over a century most of which got him at least a few lashings for his creativity.

In a previous post we discussed the dynamic of an artist Hokusai and his studies, Kyosai studied the art work a great deal which turned out to be a great influence on him and his craft.  This probably one of the primary reasons his artwork generates so much movement and visual impact. Kyosai was not a student of Hokusai however, he is considered as one of his greatest successors.

By the time his life was winding down he was noted for his eclectic nature and exuberance in all facets of his life.  He had created hundreds of publications, comics, Shunga, artwork, drawing etc all of which had significant influence in art and tattooing. The Hell Scrolls is a personal favorite collection of imagery and worth checking out. It is a dynamic depiction of the creatures and layers of hell that holds a lot of meaning in Japanese culture.  Yomi, or Japanese land of the dead, is an exciting environment full of fire, torture and extreme pain for eternity.  Crows with lava hot beaks eat you skin of and and the forrest leaves are blades, these are just a few of the terrors that await.  Kyosai’s imagination was wild and fantastic, he was able to depict many amazing Japanese legends and creatures of folk lore so powerfully that it captivated Japan. As the western world moved in and began trading with Japan they were even intrigued by his creations and power images.

Timeless images have influenced tattooing specifically traditional Japanese tattooing for hundreds of years. Because of Kyosai, Hokusai and many other artists we have lifetimes worth of tattoo reference.

If you have any questions or comments we would love to hear from you shoot us an email at our contact page. Lets hear about your next tattoo idea!!

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