Mr. C is back. Come to find out his pilgrimage to irezumi was not made by accident. The road that brought him here was paved by meditation, manga, and anime. Not to mention photos he had seen here and there of the beautiful horimono worn by the Japanese. Does not the other intrigue us so, the exotic, the far from home? The small surroundings we grew up within are not enough, at some point… What of the outside world, of unbridled experience? What may lay outside the gates of your own castle? Retreating home, with new knowledge and moments to ponder, to grow from, to study. New objects brought home from a faraway place, new tools to now use in a familiar setting… This is the path of progress, a scholar’s journey. It all begins with a dream. There is so much more, deep under water, then there is at the surface of the rolling waves. On the top it’s all just foam and sea-spray. There is nothing there of substance. Dive a little deeper if you will, as this journey requires no oxygen tank, no wetsuit, only mind. Remember that it is all contained within you. You are the […]

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Well, well… Four hours in the tattoo artist’s chair can tend to pass by like a dream, with the correct mind settled beforehand. Some have no fear, some have no weakness. Some struggle to regain their breath, and then are able to “climb the hill” of continuing their tattoo again. Zahm conquers this tattoo session of heavy shading with ease, if a little daffiness towards the end. The endorphins are a gift from god, and in this case the tattoo gods and the Gods of Sumi, and from the venerable Kobo Daishi himself. Or have i said too much??? Reading further will roll away the stone, but it is hard to read through hazy eyes and we all suffer from this in varying degrees. It is my pleasure to take up the tattoo machine in a new way. It is my pleasure to begin again, after twenty years of tattooing. I wish to pursue more work like this. The more the better, but the legends are arcane. How will you know what tattoo to get? How will you be led into this esoteric world?? If you find yourself on the path, please let me know. If you have arrived, then […]

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Today i will begin anew. Today i will embark on the “journey of a thousand ri”. Today has loomed on my horizon like a vast city of gold, just out of reach, but there in plain sight. I have performed my purifications, I have bolstered up my studies. I have attempted to correct the mind, I have attempted to set the mind free. I will let it roam from place to place, it will not stop. This would be, will be, unvaccilating mind. What realm I am approaching is insignificant. It could be comparable to many other new directions taken by many other Dallas tattoo artists before me. It may or may not become apparent soon, but surely it will guide my destiny as a traditional tattooer. It will empower my tattooing, and help me to reach new plateaus. In all things, the outward manifestation is secondary to the inward reality. The outer can be primped and shaped, superficially twisted into an illusion of that which it seeks to become. Like the moon reflected in the water, it is not real. The outside can be premeditated, the cover of the book can fool the passer-by more often than not. The […]

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