Many of these irezumi are captured in various stages of progress. The work that is shown in the outline tattoo stage is only just beginning! These are some of my favorite horimono, as I strive to make each tattoo better than the last. Of course, the tattoo journey is only complete when the tattoo is finished. So it is my honor to present many finished works in this portfolio as well.
Most of these are Dallas tattoos, some done at one of the busiest and most world renowned tattoo shops in the world, Oliver Peck and Dean Williams’ Elm Street Tattoo. Most of these Dallas traditional Japanese tattoos however, were done out of my private studio room at Heart in Hand Gallery in the infamous Deep Ellum neighborhood of downtown Dallas, making them a part of the rich heritage of Deep Ellum tattoos. A few of these irezumi were put on in my Ft. Worth tattoo shop, which was called Liberty Electric Tattooing. Some of the newest works are Waxahachie tattoos, done in my private tebori studio at Heart in Hand Waxahachie.
The old tattoos represented here were begun as early as 2005, and the new tattoos were run as recently as last week. Everything in between is here as well! It may be of interest to the viewer that some of these horimono were finished, say, as a half sleeve tattoo, and then later, extended to a 3/4 sleeve tattoo or full sleeve tattoo. A pair of sleeves usually leads to the backpiece tattoo! I try and make each tattoo of such a quality, and each tattoo experience so satisfying, that the customer has no choice but to come back for more!