(healed) ***Tiger Face*** Facial expression is so impor

(healed)
***Tiger Face***
Facial expression is so important in any Japanese subject. And the tiger is no exception. There is a balancing act between the flat, graphic power of traditional Japanese tattooing (along with woodblock prints of the Ukiyo-e era) and elements of the real objects as they appear in photographs. I try to retain some some features of traditional Japanese depictions, like big eyes, exaggerated jaw, etc, while including some of the expressive details of the real animal.
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(healed)
***Tiger Face***
Facial expression is so important in any Japanese subject. And the tiger is no exception. There is a balancing act between the flat, graphic power of traditional Japanese tattooing (along with woodblock prints of the Ukiyo-e era) and elements of the real objects as they appear in photographs. I try to retain some some features of traditional Japanese depictions, like big eyes, exaggerated jaw, etc, while including some of the expressive details of the real animal.
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: contact@lighthousetattoo.com.au
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***Yūrei*** One of the original artistic depictions of

***Yūrei***
One of the original artistic depictions of a Yūrei was the painting The Ghost of Oyuki by Maruyama Okyo in 1750. It included all the features we have come to expect in graphic representations of yūrei: long unkempt hair, pallid skin, floating body (no legs), etc. It was said to be the ghost of the artist’s mistress who had died and had reportedly visited him in a dream. 
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***Yūrei***
One of the original artistic depictions of a Yūrei was the painting The Ghost of Oyuki by Maruyama Okyo in 1750. It included all the features we have come to expect in graphic representations of yūrei: long unkempt hair, pallid skin, floating body (no legs), etc. It was said to be the ghost of the artist’s mistress who had died and had reportedly visited him in a dream.
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***Shishi*** Shishi are lion like beasts with the power

***Shishi***
Shishi are lion like beasts with the power to repel evil spirits. They are often depicted as paired statues positioned to guard the gates of Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples. One shishi will have its mouth open, symbolising the sound “Ah” (first letter of the Japanese alphabet), while the other will be closed, symbolising the sound “n”(the last letter). Together they represents the beginning and the end.
Here we have a female shishi typically depicted with closed mouth and accompanied by a cub. 
The notion of this mythical animal originated in China and migrated to Japan via Korea in 7th and 8th centuries. As such it borrows characteristics from the Chinese lion ( Kara-shishi ) and the Korean dog ( Koma-inu ).
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***Shishi***
Shishi are lion like beasts with the power to repel evil spirits. They are often depicted as paired statues positioned to guard the gates of Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples. One shishi will have its mouth open, symbolising the sound “Ah” (first letter of the Japanese alphabet), while the other will be closed, symbolising the sound “n”(the last letter). Together they represents the beginning and the end.
Here we have a female shishi typically depicted with closed mouth and accompanied by a cub.
The notion of this mythical animal originated in China and migrated to Japan via Korea in 7th and 8th centuries. As such it borrows characteristics from the Chinese lion ( Kara-shishi ) and the Korean dog ( Koma-inu ).
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: contact@lighthousetattoo.com.au
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(Cover-up in progress) ***Fur, Feathers, and Scales***

(Cover-up in progress)
***Fur, Feathers, and Scales***
One of the obvious cover up techniques in Japanese and neo traditional tattooing is to use the fur, feathers, or scales of an animal to obscure the tattoo underneath. The the use of these organic and loosely repeating patterns distracts the eye and draws the viewers attention to new mage. 
Of course all of this is subject to the limitations of the tattoo being covered and the desired outcome. 
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(Cover-up in progress)
***Fur, Feathers, and Scales***
One of the obvious cover up techniques in Japanese and neo traditional tattooing is to use the fur, feathers, or scales of an animal to obscure the tattoo underneath. The the use of these organic and loosely repeating patterns distracts the eye and draws the viewers attention to new mage.
Of course all of this is subject to the limitations of the tattoo being covered and the desired outcome.
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: contact@lighthousetattoo.com.au
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(in proress) ***Black Dragon*** A dragon is said to gai

(in proress)
***Black Dragon***
A dragon is said to gain color after 500 years of age. But before this time their scales are said to have no color. Hence the common depictions of dragons in black and grey with colour only in the belly scales, spine, and details.
But this classic colour scheme in traditional Japanese tattooing has a bold simplicity that will last. 
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(in proress)
***Black Dragon***
A dragon is said to gain color after 500 years of age. But before this time their scales are said to have no color. Hence the common depictions of dragons in black and grey with colour only in the belly scales, spine, and details.
But this classic colour scheme in traditional Japanese tattooing has a bold simplicity that will last.
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(Design available) ***Tengu*** Tengu are

(Design available)
***Tengu***
Tengu are mountain and forest dwelling humanoid yokai, often depicted with bird like features. This karasu tengu, or crow faced Tengu, is shown wearing cloths that borrow from the Yamabushi monks (a cast of ascetic, monks who follow the doctrine of Shugendō) who in turn worship the Tengu as protectors of mountains and forest.
The image and idea of the Tengu has evolved over time. In the 12th and 13th centuries, accounts of Tengu describe them as vengeful spirits, often appearing as the ghosts of arrogant heretic priests. Later, the idea softened toward something more benevolent, hence the reputation as protectors of forests. In parallel, the image of the Tengu evolved from its more birdlike origins into something more humanoid, namely the Daitengu, or long-nosed tengu that are more prevalent in modern Japan. 
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(Design available)
***Tengu***
Tengu are mountain and forest dwelling humanoid yokai, often depicted with bird like features. This karasu tengu, or crow faced Tengu, is shown wearing cloths that borrow from the Yamabushi monks (a cast of ascetic, monks who follow the doctrine of Shugendō) who in turn worship the Tengu as protectors of mountains and forest.
The image and idea of the Tengu has evolved over time. In the 12th and 13th centuries, accounts of Tengu describe them as vengeful spirits, often appearing as the ghosts of arrogant heretic priests. Later, the idea softened toward something more benevolent, hence the reputation as protectors of forests. In parallel, the image of the Tengu evolved from its more birdlike origins into something more humanoid, namely the Daitengu, or long-nosed tengu that are more prevalent in modern Japan.
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️: (+61 2) 9316 4565

(Healed) ***Black & Grey in Japanese Tat

(Healed)
***Black & Grey in Japanese Tattoo***
For years I always insisted on including colour in my Japanese pieces. But in recent times, I have had more enquiries for black and grey compositions, and at the end of the day, the tattoo belongs to the customer.
However, I’ve been noticing some great black and grey pieces from some prominent Japanese tattoo artists I follow, and have been drawing influence and enthusiasm from their work. I feel this recent healed piece works well with the wearer’s skin tone. And I’m more open and keen on this approach than in years gone by. 
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(Healed)
***Black & Grey in Japanese Tattoo***
For years I always insisted on including colour in my Japanese pieces. But in recent times, I have had more enquiries for black and grey compositions, and at the end of the day, the tattoo belongs to the customer.
However, I’ve been noticing some great black and grey pieces from some prominent Japanese tattoo artists I follow, and have been drawing influence and enthusiasm from their work. I feel this recent healed piece works well with the wearer’s skin tone. And I’m more open and keen on this approach than in years gone by.
FOR BOOKINGS
w: lighthousetattoo.com.au
: contact@lighthousetattoo.com.au
️: (+61 2) 9316 4565