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State of Grace Article Preview for Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #32


Crash: Okay, let’s start with a basic history of yourself and then I want you to talk about the shop and it’s crew. Horitaka Kitamura: Sure man, basic story… Well I was born in Japan and my parents moved to America when I was a few years old. My parents were bilingual so they taught me Japanese as well, which opened a lot of doors for me later on… So I grew up here and probably had a very similar interest in tattooing like many of my generation, I was a skater, turned punk rocker and liked tattoos from my junior high school days. I do recall liking the tattoos in an old Japanese TV show, “the tattooed magistrate” where the hero shows his cherry blossom tattoos before he kicks ass at the end of every episode. So I guess I’ve long had an affinity for tattoos. I know in high school I had already decided I wanted a body suit, didn’t know what the hell that meant or what was good but I just knew that I wanted tons of tattoos! Read More »

BuzzFeed: 15 Things You Probably Never Knew About Tattoos

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By BuzzFeed 1. Democrats are more likely to have tattoos than Republicans (18% vs 14%) Source:  /  via: 2. Seven U.S. congressmen (and 1 congresswoman) have tattoos Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Ill.) and Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) have sleeves. Via: 3. The earliest recorded tattoo belonged to Utzi the Iceman Circa 3300 BC. He had a total of 57 tattoos. Via: 4. Speaking of Utzi, Brad Pitt has his likeness tattooed on him Oh hey Brad. Via: 5. The earliest Finger-stache appeared in 2003 Good to know. Via: 6. 14% percent of Americans have at least one tattoo 17% of them regret it. Via: 7. Czar Nicholas got a dragon inked on his right arm in the 1800s Eat your heart out, Stieg Larsson. (RIP) Via: likearomanov 8. A restaurant in Ohio offers a 25% discount to anyone sporting a grilled cheese tattoo Which means you now have TWO good reasons to get that tattoo. Via: 9. The Maori of New Zealand carve designs into their skin using bone chisels, then fill them in with ink (This is called Moko) Via: 10. One third of Americans say tattoos make them feel sexier Via: The other two thirds…maybe not so much Via: 11. Lucky Diamond Rich is the world’s most tattooed man Wonder if he feels sexy, too. Via: 12. The tattoo industry’s annual revenue is reportedly 2.3 billion dollars That’s a lot of these guys. Source:  /  via: 13. A rooster tattooed on one leg and a pig on the other was said to protect a sailor from drowning Neither animal can swim. Via: 14. Ferrets get tattoos! Breeders put ... Read More »