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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Tattoo Ideas

We want to start of by thanking all of our clients, friends, families and everyone in between for bringing in the best tattoo ideas and reference for us to explore and research.  It has been such an adventure and pleasure to serve Tampa, FL and beyond. We are also lucky to be located near a major port which allows us to work with clients from all over the world. The diversity of these clients allows us to see some really amazing things in regards to tattooing.  Tattoo reference is so important to our process here at Tabernacle Tattoo, it helps us see where the client’s thought process is while we are creating the best custom tattoo that matches our client’s ideas and that reads well on their anatomy.

Your ideas for tattoos facilitate this shop and our ability to do cool tattoos, and for that Thank you!

Please feel free to contact us regarding your next tattoo or any other ideas you may have we are always happy to talk to you here at Tabernacle tattoo.

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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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Black and Grey Tattoos

It seems that pop culture is influencing the world of tattooing in a series of new directions.  There will always be the traditional tattoos that stand the test of time however, new cultural norms always pop up and create new fun ideas for the artists.  We pride ourselves in researching and studying the designs and the potential anatomical movements of these new school tattoos. Newer designs such as dot work and geometrical patterns are in high demand and as a high end tattoo shop it is our duty to be able to provide a readable innovative tattoo for the client.

Attached is an innovative design based on the geometric tattoo concepts in conjunction with Nordic ideologies.  This black and grey tattoo was a ton of fun to study and put together for the client.  The geometric patterns in this tattoo hold strong weight and are built to last along with the Nordic influence.  Tattoos like this allow us to step out of our comfort zone and grow as tattooers.  Custom tattoos in 2018 are going to require heavy doses of research and studies because this is all relatively new conceptually in the grand scheme of tattooing.  Japanese and American traditional tattoos to name a few styles have been around much longer and the studies have been performed time and time again. Physiological integrity is essential to these tattoos which is why we are looking to achieve the same effect for the geometrical and dot patterns that are so in demand in this day and age.

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Geometric Nordic Wolf tattoo in black and gray & Celtic
This Nordic pattern black and gray wolf tattoo was created at Tabernacle Tattoo in Tampa, Florida

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A New Age of Tattooing

We live in an interesting time in the tattooing industry.  In a sense it is a golden age for the industry with so many styles and varieties of tattoos in the world, we pride ourselves in being able to accommodate all those needs here at Tabernacle Tattoo.  There are many new age designs, in addition to, the traditional designs that stand the test of time. All of these images are amazing and hold value in many cultures throughout the world. When it comes to custom tattooing it is important to understand the needs of a client both through an artistic and physiological perspective so the tattoo is aesthetically pleasing.  With that being said, we want to fit our clients with quality custom tattoos and take on projects big and small.

We are blessed to be located in Historic Ybor City in Tampa, FL which has been a hot bed for tattooing for many years, this location allows us to meet and develop relationships with clients from all over the state of Florida and even the world.  That level of diversity gives us the ability to hone our craft to all aspects of tattooing and gives us the ability to have a lot of fun doing what we love!

Thank you for taking the time to read our blog as always

-Tabernacle Tattoo

Snake tattoo, Hebi tattoo, Caduceus tattoos
Snake tattoo done in black and gray
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Dot work tattoo Tampa FL

Long over due for a post guys we’ve been super busy at the tattoo shop in Tampa, Florida. In case you may not see what style your looking for on site we are well studied in all styles!! We enjoy the challenge of all tattoos, projects big and small, male tattoos and tattoos for females we are looking to make something real cool happen. Dot work ,Tribal,Mandala tattoos and of course Japanese tattooing and traditional tattooing are just a few tattoos on the menu here at Tabernacle tattoo. We truly look forward to working with all clients of different backgrounds and tattoo ideas, we believe it proves us and the client with a lot of growth during the process. As always the best way to discuss these topics is to visit the tattoo shop here in Historic Ybor City.  We are also receptive to you reaching out on the contact us page as well but it is way more fun to break down the social barriers the internet creates.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read our post, we hope to see you soon!!!!!!!

Dot work tattoo
Black and grey tattoo of peaches and flowers
Dot work style tattoo for woman
Black and grey tattoo on females arm
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