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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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!

Thank you for reading our blog post, have a great day!

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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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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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Wizard tattoo design

Rainbow wizard action with vortex of space and apocalyptic smoke of the future tattoo design
Rainbow wizard action with vortex of space and apocalyptic smoke of the future tattoo design
Pen and ink illustration for Tabernacle tattoo merch
Pen and ink illustration for Tabernacle
tattoo merch . Sometimes its fun to see how much impact i can achieve with pen and ink its very direct and translates well in to tattooing. With all the shortcuts in art today it a no fake it until you make it process either you can draw or not! The illustration process is at this point in tattooing is going to be the most valid with half breed tracers at best .Who do not seem to understand balance of composition or backgrounds at all. I really enjoy a natural fluent background with an organic feel as if you were born with these tattoos no matter what the subject may be its exciting and easy on the eyes .
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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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