This will be my last shared post from Carlhallowell.com to Facebook, for a while at least. I want to keep all content exclusive from site to site, including my instagram feed @featherhand and the shop feed @elmstreettattoo. The purpose of all of these accounts is primarily to showcase my traditional tattooing and traditional japanese tattooing, or irezumi. As most of you know, I left Fort Worth to tattoo in the Deep Ellum neighborhood of downtown Dallas years ago. This area has long been known for it’s concentration of tattoo shops, and tattooed people. It has been a great 7 years tattooing in Dallas already. I really miss having my own shop but destiny has brought me here for the time being, and blessed me with many great opportunities, which I have seized to the best of my abilities! I wish to thank all the customers of Liberty Electric Tattooing from the bottom of my heart. Thanks to those of you that followed me to Elm Street Tattoo, and thank you to all my new customers in Dallas. ¬†Thanks to those of you I’ve tattooed in Hollywood, California as well, my customers at True Tattoo. Finally, thanks to those of you […]

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The old way is tired. The new way is fresh. The old attitude is jaded, the new, exuberant. Clinging to old ways, old habits, prohibits renewal. Renewal is natural, renewal is springtime, renewal is vital. Renewal is not stopping the mind. Not stopping the mind allows it to be everywhere at once. This is the teaching of Fudo Myoo. This is why he is said to be the immovable one. Let us allow ourselves to shed the skins of old. Allow ourselves to break with those things which do not work for us anymore. Change is the keystone our lives pivot on. Let us then be agile with change. Let us veer from maintaining a preference toward what we already know; let us abandon preference for freedom! Let us become new again everyday. Imbibing our lives with this dynamicism, will we not live more fully? This is Zen, this is not tattooing. This is Buddhism, this is not irezumi. Is it not? Being able to let go of the pain from moment to moment is essential in the act of overcoming the pain of sitting for a tattoo. Being free from the constraints of the last drawing, you can produce […]

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Ohayo gozaimasu! Sujibori irezumi today. I am practicing the japanese language now, in addition to studying it’s great images, which I have been pursuing for over twenty years. I am also studying Yamato’s written languages, and the calligraphy practice of shodo to write them. It is a slow journey, but it is a passion that burns quickly. I love the layers of meaning inherent in the designs. I love the fact that you must put in work to “read” the images. They truly do tell a story to the heavily initiated. There are many rules. I only try to respectfully to learn and follow them. The closer I get to understanding, the better my work becomes. Books pile up on the bedroom floor. On the coffee table. On the kitchen table where I do my painting. Much of what I have learned has been forgotten already. It is like a language, you have to speak it to retain it. I am okay with forgetting. I know that the essence has been absorbed. I am thankful that I have such an interest in this work. I am beyond thankful to those who have helped me. Deep reverence is reserved for those […]

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