Entry 8

Kensho; A zen buddhist term which essentially means, to find ones true self. Or, your buddha nature. A first step towards enlightenment. In Japanese, Ken means "seeing" and sho mean "nature, essence" Amanda was the first to think of using this term for the shop. With how much tattooing means to us and the power it brings to the wearer, it seemed so fitting. You find out who you are when choosing your tattoo. You express to the world a little piece of your inner self every time you show it off. We thank every one of you who has bestowed the honour upon us to allow us to tattoo you. Thank you. 

Rick.

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Entry 7

The dragon. Another iconic Japanese design that flows beautifully over any part of the body. The dragon is always done with either a wind or water background. Water being the more common, which is why you would see firefighters of the Edo period in Japan with full bodysuits of a dragon, believed to help protect them from from the flames they were fighting. Dragon can represent strength, good fortune, courage and wisdom. The Japanese dragon is always represented with three claws on each foot, whereas the Chinese legends claim the dragon starts with three claws then as it ages, grows more claws until it achieves the status of Imperial dragon with which it is represented as a five clawed dragon. For more information on Japanese iconography, myths and legends, please visit Rick’s personal blog at www.thebodysuitproject.blog

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Entry 6

Koi. One of the most easily recognizable images of Japanese tattooing, and in my opinion one of the most powerful. There so many meanings with the koi fish, strength, perserverance, overcoming obstacles. No matter what your reason for getting a koi fish tattooed, you can't go wrong with this image. Nor, will we ever tire of doing them. They can easily fit and flow beautifully with any body part. They can be striking and and subtle at the same time. 

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Entry 5

A great time was had by all last week, although Casey missed out with his trip to Montreal. Jordan was here for the week and we had ourselves a great paint night on Saturday. Good food, good friends and lots of laughs. We look forward to having Jordan out again once it's a bit warmer. The cold climate doesn't bode well for this Vancouver boy. In the meantime, he can be found at the Fall Tattoo in Vancouver. 

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And now this week we have Dane from Red Deer here. He does great work and still has some time available. He has lots of pre drawn designs ready to go, or come by and talk to him to draw you that something special.

And now this week we have Dane from Red Deer here. He does great work and still has some time available. He has lots of pre drawn designs ready to go, or come by and talk to him to draw you that something special.

Entry 3

We are very happy to have Jordan Frank from The Fall Tattoo in Vancouver at the shop with us from November 14-18. He is available for walk-ins or send him an email at jordanfranktattoo@gmail.com to set up some time. He's a heck of a guy whzocan do one hell of a tattoo! 

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Entry 1 October 31 2017

Rick added some background to this Ryu back piece for Kyle today. It's always such an honor to have someone entrust with you such a large and time consuming piece. Check back for more progress in a month.

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