n the vibrant tapestry of Dallas’s tattoo scene, one artist stands out as a true master, using the bodies of his clients on which to place his masterpieces. Carl Hallowell is one of the best tattoo artists for Japanese bodysuit tattoos. Carl has carved a niche for himself with his unparalleled skill, dedication, and profound understanding of this antique art.
As the go-to artist for Japanese bodysuit tattoos, he has learned to embrace the craft by leaning on its storytelling aspects. Each image, each group of images tattooed by Carl evokes a tale told in the folklore of Japan, but translate into powerful new stories of American tattooing.
From mythical creatures to flowers in bloom, Carl uses the designs and meanings of this traditional art to depict the power of nature in his tattooing. The Japanese tattoo, known as irezumi, was the creator of the sleeve tattoo, the backpiece tattoo, and the bodysuit tattoo. Therefore, heavy coverage in tattoo work often leads to this form. The imagery and stories are applicable to our existence as proud Americans. The origins of the stories are both esoteric, foreign, and arcane. However, the central themes are straightforward and in accord with natural order. These central themes are power and beauty. Strength and flexibility. Balance and order. Right and wrong. Tradition itself.