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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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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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.

Thank you for reading our blog, be sure to hit the Contact Us page for your inquiries

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Do you want to get to the next level

I have been getting closer on wrapping up a few projects this has one one more session left. I’m very grateful to have the clients I do and the trust they give me to conquer projects like this, which was started about 3 months ago. Custom tattoos like this can happen with proper follow through and the endurance to make the big investment in their tattoo. Ive been tattooing in Tampa, Florida for six years now and things have been great. We are finishing fun tattoos and starting new ones. If you are interested in getting a custom tattoo done stop by the shop I’d love to meet you and speak in person about what we can do for you!!

Thank you for visiting our tattoo blog here at Tabernacle Tattoo we would love to help you out with your next tattoo.

Japanese tattoo of hell scroll tattoo on full torso
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Custom tattoo designs

Drawings Drawings Drawing!!! Its a part of every day life as a tattooer. But can we start to loosen up the ideas and specifications and start relying on the aesthetics of design fundamentals to bring tattooing to life!! What is the real goal here?!? We should want as tattooers, to generate intelligent aesthetics and flawless tattoo designs, there is a reason many of these tattoos have stood the test of time!! Whatever the case may be, I want to get a little more open minded to design beyond the references of popular culture that are usually brought to me. These references are valid, but I believe I can change some ideas that facilitate these pop culture tattoo designs into images that still convey the idea but also apply a readable product that is aesthetically pleasing.

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Japanese sleeve tattoo design of cherry blossoms and windbars

This tattoo design was a study for a clients Japanese sleeve tattoo of wind and cherry blossoms done in ink and watercolors. with time permitting and seriousness of a client we try to do at least a simple rendering of a final product.to give more of a visual perceptive of the concept.
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Ireland adventure at love hate social club

Im really finally getting the opportunity to reflect on some of the things I am truly grateful for, we have been busy at the tattoo shop and for that and our excellent clients Im truly happy.  Tampa has been keeping us busy proving awesome custom tattoos but sometimes its always nice to escape one reality and enter another.  I traveled to Love Hate Social Club in Cork City, Ireland which was an amazing experience, I got to tattoo a lot of really amazing people during my time there.  Love Hate Social Club was founded by Ami James of Miami Ink and Ross Nigel of All-Star Tattoo in Limerick City, Ireland.  While I was in Ireland I had the pleasure of working with Damien Ross of Invisible NYC and Paul O’Rourke of Corazon Tattoos.

On a side note, I got to see Slayer on a random night, that was such a experience.  I am happy I could provide a great service and put some really cool tattoos on some really cool people in Ireland.

I have included a few photos of an Ireland trip to Love Hate social club in Cork City, Ireland. Couldn’t have asked for a better trip the adventures are always enlightening experiences and inspire the soul, I’m always grateful to come back to what I have, its been a really busy summer. Im working to keep up the blog a little more here’s a bit to feed the machine !!

Thank you for reading my post feel free to comment and most of all come by and check out the shop!!!!

Tabernacle Tattoo visits St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin Ireland
This is my trip to St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin Ireland.
On my trip to Cork City I visited the Blarney Castle home of the famous Blarney stone
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