Crystal Morey: William Thidemann Interview

By Crystal Morey I just spent a couple weeks in Colorado, participating in the Paradise Gathering giving seminars and at Kaze Gallery in Denver, and I got a chance to sit down with one of Kaze's owners William Thidemann. I love talking to William. His world is wonderfully black and white

Owen Williams: Crystal Morey Interview

By Owen Williams Anyone who has been to a tattoo convention of late, from Milan to Sydney may not have actually seen, but definitely would have heard the whirlwind that is Crystal Morey. Usually holding court at the Gomineko Books stall (an invaluable source of Japanese tattoo culture reference and hard-to-find,

Crystal Morey: Sandi Calistro Interview

By Crystal Morey I met Sandi Calistro in Montreal last year and was struck by how sweet she was and by how amazing her business cards were! I went back to my hotel and pulled up her website that night. For someone so young her portfolio is very strong and it

Crystal Morey: Owen Williams Interview

By Crystal Morey I'm gonna just start this whole interview with a disclaimer... I love Owen dearly and really want to do this interview, but he's one of my best friends and partner in crime so this is bound to get real messy, real fast. That being said I do think,

Josh Egnew: Gomineko Tour Diary (Part II)

By Josh Egnew Day 5 Up and at 'em! We hit our local ramen spot and jumped on the train. Today we were going to see the Great Buddha! As we exited the train and made our way through the tiny village, Crystal brought our attention to a vending machine that dispenses

Crystal Morey: Baku, The Nightmare Eater

By Crystal Morey Going to start the New Year off with a benevolent creature and a personal favorite, the Baku. Unlike the more devious Kappa, Baku come to the aid of those who suffer from nightmares or bad dreams, and supposedly they devour the evil spirit or creatures responsible for the

Josh Egnew: Gomineko Tour Diary (Part I)

By Josh Egnew A while back some friends from around the globe and I decided that we should all converge in Tokyo to take one of Gomineko’s tours. Crystal Morey is a good friend and fellow tiger, so I knew that we would be in good hands. She's extremely knowledgeable about

Crystal Morey: Kyubi no Kitsune – Nine Tailed Fox

By Crystal Morey This was a really difficult write-up for me because there is so much information and such a wealth of folklore surrounding these creatures, it is quite overwhelming. In Japanese Kitsune means fox. Foxes play a huge role in Japanese mythology -they are both loved and feared by the

Crystal Morey Talks Shop with Bunshin Horitoshi

By Crystal Morey I dropped Bunshin Horitoshi's shop today. I adore his work, particularly his underwater creatures and I think that, for an emerging artist, he's done a remarkable job creating a signature style for himself, while still adhering to the strict canon of wabori (Japanese traditional tattoo motifs). His work

Crystal Morey: The Japanese Kappas

By Crystal Morey Kappas are definitely one of the oddest indigenous Japanese creatures. They are depicted simultaneously as both sinister and unerringly cute. They are typically the size of a large child and appear to be a cross between a chimpanzee and a turtle. Their bodies usually resemble a monkey or

Crystal Morey Chats with Japanese Tattoo Master Horiren (VIDEO)

By Crystal Morey Additional Photos By Hiro Hata I recently had the opportunity to go out to Horiren's studio in Saitama. Self-taught tebori (hand-poke) artist and student of legendary Ozuma Kaname. Horiren discusses the disappearing art of Shamisen Bori. I love going out to Horiren's, her studio is standard for a traditional Japanese

Crystal Morey: The Japanese Kirin

By Crystal Morey The Japanese Kirin traces its origins to Chinese mythology, but they have diverged quite a bit since then, both in physical appearance and attributes. In Japan, Kirin are believed to be more powerful than the dragon or phoenix, but are much less aggressive... 5278