hand poked japanese tattoos
(traditional japanese tattoos)
IREZUMIYA ISHI is a Tattoo Studio in the heart of Düsseldorf dedicated to the art of HORIMONO -the traditional japanese Tattoos. We use the traditional japanese hand poking method called TEBORI. In our Studio you will find alot of traditional horimono designs as well as lots of information regarding this beatiful art. We have been tattooing for more than 25 years now and still loving what we do. Please be aware that we are not a "modern Tattoo Factory", we do only custom work in japanese style and we do take alot of care and time by drawing for each costumer a unique design. You are always welcome to visit us (for a consultation appointment please give us a call first).
Even though tattoos in Japan were prohibited for centuries the traditional Japanese tattoo (horimono) flourished in the late Tokugawa period. Their shaddings, colors and designs flow over the body, often incorporating the wearers anatomy. The traditional designs are based on ukiyoe prints and have their own meanings. They should be appreciated and clearly recognized from a distance of several meters. Horimono had a beautiful sense of continuity and movement but it is hard to see and undertsand without previous knowledgement. It requires special techniques and years of apprenticeship. Although not looked upon very highly in Japanese society, horimono still a beautiful and intricate art form.
IREZUMIYA ISHI is dedicated to the art of horimono , we strive to preserve and respect their tradition.
Hand poking in traditional Japanese style is less painful and not so traumatic to the skin than tattoo machines. Tebori has in Japan a long tradition and many great Master still using the traditional Tebori for creating their master pieces. Many years of practice and a lot of efforts are needed to master this tattoo technique and only those who really understand the traditional horimono world can also understand the significant and beauty of Tebori.