Japanese dragon tattoo

Here’s a short video of some tattooing done at Tabernacle tattoo by Zenon Pawelski. on this type of layout the video seemed to help the tattoo translate in a better perceptive. Composition is just as important as the drawings them self at times. We stenciled the major components and have drawn the rest together this tattoo was done in 16 hours with four sessions to complete.

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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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Tampa tattoo shop

It is always interesting to meet the new faces and to see the new people that come to our tattoo shop tucked away in Historic Ybor City.  Tampa has a rich history of tattoos and culture as well as many great artists in one area but we feel like there is some magic in this shop. People from all over Tampa, Florida, the United States and the world have walked through these doors. It is always interesting to hear how people found the shop, sometimes its as easy as searching “tattoo shop near me” or driving by, some others have literally been on the journey, seeing a sticker in town and matching the image to its originator.  All of it is a testament to the quality product we put out here everyday (If you haven’t checked out one of our galleries feel free to do so). In some ways its like going on a quest we are off the main path but still very visible, the two cobras on the wall are your proverbial “X marks the spot”.

The Quest for the treasure chest is important sometimes because it brings a sense of value and meaning in a world where instant gratification reigns supreme. As the saying goes you have to trust the process. We all want something now or not have to leave our homes because we can just go on the internet and order our groceries and clothes and have it shipped to our house in a day.  However, groceries get eaten or go bad, clothes go out of style, but tattoos should be built to last. So is it reasonable for an individual to find the instant tattoo close by or do the research? We are happy that a lot if not all of our clients come with awesome tattoo ideas and tattoo reference to give us an idea of what they are thinking and what they like so we can create a bullet proof custom tattoo for them.  We appreciate all the ideas and research so much because it shows us that our clients want a quality product and care about tattoos built to last.

We explain the process throughly and are prepared to answer any and all questions that may arise to establish a trustworthy relationship between client and tattooer. We feel this is one of the most important steps on the quest. It allows us to increase our knowledge, study and put a lot of research into a tattoo for our client.  This is not just limited to the big pieces, our walk-in’s and appointments that want smaller work get the same level of detail and attention to their tattoos.  It is important that every tattoo that comes through Tabernacle Tattoo is treated with a great deal of care and hard work.  With the principles we truly feel we can set ourselves apart from the pack and offer our clients the best level of tattooing possible.

As always thank you for reading our blog hopefully this gives you some insight at the process. If you have any questions or want to discuss ideas for your next tattoo, please feel free to stop by the shop or reach out to our contact us page we would love to talk to you!!!!

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Tabernacle Tattoo YouTube is getting ready to Heat UP!!!

Our YouTube Channel is about to blow up with the hits!!!! Get ready for excellent tattoos, great music and a good time with your favorite cast of characters Z, Juice, WildBoy, Chico Zapico, Scott, Emmanuel the Dragon and many more………..

With all this hard hitting tattoo action how can you resist?!?!? Click the link above if you’re ready to see Tampa tattooing at it’s finest.  Epic tattoos and adventures are just a click away!!!!!!!!

We just posted our first video in a while and will be video documenting and blogging our adventures in the tattoo game of Tampa, FL and beyond. The premire tattoo shop in Tampa is here to help bring all your tatto ideas to life! Feel free to comment or get in contact with us about your next tattoo. Even better come by the shop we would love to meet you!

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Cool Video of a Tough Dragon Tattoo Rendering (Must Watch)

I wanted to have some fun today and just discuss the hits.  This is a classic image of a Dragon done here at Tabernacle Tattoo. This was a fun one and now you can see the process in a time laps.  We study the materials and put in the work to make a proper tattoo here at the shop.  Theres only one way to generate consistent material as long as we have and that is to study and put in the work to make it HOT!!! As classic and fun as this image is, we are not limited to Japanese tattoos we offer an extremely wide variety of tattoo styles and concepts for our clients.  This study is part of the usual process that goes into each and every custom tattoo here at the tattoo shop.  The finer details and tricks are extremely important to a quality final product which is both beneficial to the client and the tattooer. Come by the shop and check out the magic, you know where to find us in the heart of Historic Ybor City in Tampa Florida.

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Recent Adventures

We have been hitting the circuit hard recently our travels have reunited us with old friends and introduced us to some new ones as well.  Traveling to conventions is always fun and full of neat experiences.  On our travels to the Villain Arts Philadelphia tattoo convention, the weekend of February 9th 2018, the Philadelphia Eagles had just won the Super Bowl and the city was a giant party.  There were so many people in town for the Championship parade which only added to the experiences at the convention and added quite a bit of diversity to the mix, which allowed us to educate people new to tattooing on our process and studies.  Many individuals at the convention were looking for Japanese and traditional tattoos which was really cool because we could talk about the classic imagery that has made tattooing last for centuries. As with many tattoo conventions many people come through with new ideas and concepts which gave us the opportunity to learn about the newest trends in tattooing.  This reinforces concepts in previous blogs, the world of custom tattooing is a forever evolving field and this tattoo convention gave us the opportunity to reach out to a new as well as experienced audience. Our tattoo adventure culminated in Philadelphia, but our journey included a few stops to visit with some great tattooers and friends.

We started our travels from Ybor city, FL and our first stop was to see our good friend Glen Collins of Broken Lantern tattoo in Charleston, SC.  Charleston is a beautiful town that always treats us well.  Next we stopped in to see a former coworker and now owner of Salt Water Tattoo in Virginia Beach, Mike Rickards.  We used to work together at Ancient Arts Tattoo owned by J.D. Crowe.  Finally, we met up with the illusive Mike Sikes of Eye Speak in Fairfax, VA to catch up for a little bit before heading into Philadelphia and our final destination.

Thank you for reading our post and please feel free to say Hi on the contacts page     if you have any questions or would like to discuss your next tattoo

-Tabernacle Tattoo

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Dragon Party!

This is another fun, water color painting I did as a study for a Japanese Dragon tattoo. He’s busting out with flames creating some Traditional Japanese puffy clouds and wind. Who wouldn’t want to party with this dude? Day in and day out I strive to enhance or maybe perfect in a creative light how these magical creatures should be projected. Sometimes that leads to Dragon Parties. As always I am very appreciative of the work I have been tasked to do and the ability to express how I see things through this art.

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Tattoo designs

I have a endless supply of drawings that were done either for myself that needed to be changed or whatever the reason. so if you have ideas I may have concepts.In a time where everyone is looking for a custom tattoo I may have more ideas then you its my life keep that in mind while your racking you brain.these are just loose drawings keep that in mind placement dictates a lot in a drawing as well

Oriental tattoo design from Japanese tattoo artist in florida
Oriental tattoo design from Japanese tattoo artist in florida
Skelton sleeve tattoo design
Skelton sleeve tattoo design

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Japanese Dragon Back Piece

This tattoo of a Japanese dragon is still in progress. Tattooing like this takes time. I’m very fortunate to have clients with this type of dedication as is this on fellow tattooer and friend Joe Hawks, owner of Hawks Electric tattoo in Tampa Florida. Joe and I have been plugging away on this for a bit now . We are getting close to wrapping it up. It’s always a little bittersweet, but I am glad to get them finished up. Never glad to be done! Only until this type of work seems finished can we really start to put in the extra work that will really start to separate if from the rest. And can get the extra tricks in for sure. These were the goals I had early on and to see them get close is an honor. I tattoo a pretty big group of tattooers. It’s very humbling.

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Dragon on Female

Dragons, Dragons, Dragons! I love Dragons. Traditionally they are associated with bodies of water; ponds, lakes, rivers etc.. So Water Spirits or Gods, if you will. They have also been known to bring good luck and are seen as being very the very wisest of creatures. The tattoo shown here is of a Traditional Japanese Dragon being depicted with cherry blossoms and a bit of smoke with fire. A very colorful piece I did down the side of a female client. Again I am very thankful for the time and dedication it took to create this piece. It’s what we are about!

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