Taki and Molly Kitamura: The Bay Area Convention of the Tattoo Arts 2012

By Molly and Takahiro "Horitaka" Kitamura  This year’s convention went by so quickly, so I will try to break it down for you short and sweet...  14779

Taki and Molly Kitamura: Joshua David

By Molly and Takahiro "Horitaka" Kitamura  Josh David is one of the most good-hearted guys you’ll ever meet. And his tattoos ain’t too bad either, hee-hee! Having just moved to California from Ohio, he is building up a wide clientele by working at two remarkable shops, Garage Ink in Napa Valley

Taki and Molly Kitamura: Amsterdam Adventure

By Molly and Takahiro "Horitaka" Kitamura  We love Amsterdam! Taki had been commissioned to do a promotion for Bacardi Rum’s new flavor, and as part of the commission they flew Taki out there (with me in-tow) to do a few tattoos... 13640

Taki and Molly Kitamura: A Tour of New York City

By Molly and Takahiro "Horitaka" Kitamura  New York City. I love this over-crowded, smelly, hot and humid oasis of culture, counter-culture, history, music and art. Horitaka, Horitomo, Drew Flores, and I flew out to give Horitomo’s seminar on Japanese back pieces that he did for The Bay Area Convention of the

Molly Skobba: Pacific Soul’s Renowned Paulo Manabe

By Takahiro “Horitaka” Kitamura and Molly Skobba I was really excited for Molly to meet Paulo and Blaise Manabe and even happier that she wanted to blog about my Hawaiian braddah! Paulo is an amazing artist, and an even more amazing person. I always work with him when I am in Hawaii

Horitaka: Getting Tattooed by Horitomo by Molly Skobba

By Molly Skobba and Takahiro "Horitaka" Kitamura First off, I want to express how absolutely honored I am to have been tattooed by the renowned Horitomo. Not only did he take the time out of his incredibly busy schedule, but also he tattooed a one-point tattoo on my hand -something he

Knives & Needles: Tattooer Don Ed Hardy

By Molly Kitamura I had the most interesting and enjoyable lunch today, Taki and I drove up to San Francisco and ate lunch with the living legend Ed Hardy. He took us to one of his favorite haunts, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana. Ed had nothing but praises for the owner, Tony Gemignani,

Knives & Needles: Chef Christian Dolias

By Molly Kitamura Christian Dolias is a force to be reckoned with. He is an innovator in the culinary world, taking kitchens by storm leaving no pot unstirred! He runs an ever-expanding social club for chefs called, CutThroat Culinary with members all over the States, Europe and South America... 18179

Knives & Needles: Chef Andrew Santana

By Molly Kitamura I have had the amazing opportunity to interview a talented chef named Andrew Santana. He is from California and is a jack-of-all trades when it comes to cooking! He has done it all! He has a passion for tattoos and kindly shared some of them and their stories

Knives & Needles: Tattooer Deb Yarian

By Brynne Palmer I have been so fortunate to meet some amazing people in the tattoo industry, and one of them I really look up to is Debra. She’s been tattooing for longer than I’ve been alive, and her accomplishments in her work and family life are truly impressive. Her demeanor

Knives & Needles: Chef Jason DeBriere

By Molly Kitamura How can we have a food and tattoo blog without the chefs?! Here is our first chef blog; there will be many more, so keep reading! I first met Jason through my husband Taki, at his place of work, Peels on the Bowery in Manhattan, NY. He is a

Knives & Needles: Colin Dowling from Gold Rush Tattoo

By Brynne Palmer Colin and I have known each other for quite a long time. Over 12 years ago, he gave me one of my very first tattoos! I am so grateful that after all this time, I have the privilege of working for and with him at Gold Rush Tattoo.

Knives & Needles: Lindsey Carmichael from Gold Rush Tattoo

By Brynne Palmer My good friend and fellow tattooer, Lindsey Carmichael, is one of those incredible people who is enthusiastic about whatever he is involved in, and it really shows through in his work. His approach to tattooing is very precise, clean and thorough, qualities which can be seen in every

Knives & Needles: Horitaka from State of Grace Tattoo

By Molly Kitamura This is a blog that I started because I have a passion for food and a love for tattoos. I am a professional sushi chef of over 13 years and have worked all over the world for more than a decade. Over my travels working in various kitchens,