Featured Image

How Does Irezumi Compare to Traditional American Tattoos?

  • Posted by CHallowell
  • On November 20, 2023
We have investigated a few of the similarities of irezumi and American traditional tattooing, which we, as Americans, understand a little better. However, this understanding may be surface level, incomplete, or wrong-minded, depending on our amount of intimacy with it. American Traditional Tattoos vs. Traditional Japanese Tattoos “Irezumi”  In fact, most Americans know little more […]
Read More
 1
Featured Image

Experiencing the Best Tattoo Shops In Dallas

  • Posted by CHallowell
  • On July 27, 2023
Ranking the best tattoos in Dallas history is a daunting task. Lucky for me, I have had the opportunity to see many to choose from, and to witness the winners i have chosen with my own two eyes. The following are what I believe to be five of the best tattoos in Dallas tattoo history.  […]
Read More
 
Featured Image

Flashed Out

  • Posted by Carl Hallowell
  • On February 2, 2017
This is a view from the Heart in Hand Gallery from the back door at the end of the night. Already there is a sentimental feeling, flipping off the lights after the last customer is gone, staring down the hallway at the Sailor Jerry, Ed Hardy, Bob Roberts, Horiyoshi 3 and Richard Stell flash, among […]
Read More
 
Featured Image

The Flower Priest

  • Posted by Carl Hallowell
  • On October 16, 2015
What to say of this, a piece I worked on for years, on a great friend and a great artist, who’s strength is equal to his talent… Over and over what impresses me is the ability of my customers to stand up to the intense physical pain of tattooing… This pain is especially excruciating when […]
Read More
 1
Featured Image

Peacock works for a cover up

  • Posted by Carl Hallowell
  • On October 8, 2015
Sitting up late working, maybe its not tattooing, not painting… Strangely, its writing, one of the first art forms I ran to, after I had read the lyric sheets for everyone from 7 Seconds to The Smiths, even as I recoiled from the reading assignments in english class… school sucked. I had my friend draw […]
Read More
 
Featured Image

Autumn Mix Irezumi

  • Posted by Carl Hallowell
  • On September 21, 2015
Every customer is just as important as the next one. “You are only as good as your last tattoo.” And yet, there is an added pressure when you know the tattoo will be seen more than others, or, when you know that you will see the tattoo more than others. But it is a pressure […]
Read More
 
Featured Image

Tenka Gomen; Kabuki Kumadori

  • Posted by Carl Hallowell
  • On August 10, 2015
Rememberin’ back when i knew every tattoo shop in town… Next came the era when I actually knew most of the tattooers… Of course i started tattooing in Amarillo, and spent the bulk of my career tattooing in Ft. Worth, and am now tattooing in Dallas, the big city, the Big D… But then again […]
Read More
 
Featured Image

Sumi Botan

  • Posted by Carl Hallowell
  • On July 28, 2015
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, […]
Read More
 
Featured Image

Peony sketches for HR

  • Posted by Carl Hallowell
  • On July 15, 2015
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 […]
Read More
 
Featured Image

Tenka Gomen

  • Posted by Carl Hallowell
  • On July 7, 2015
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 […]
Read More