Foto tato yakuza - Tattoowise
One of the biggest festivals of the year the "three shrine festival" was an amazing expirience. Read more about the festival at my blog.
Read more about this day and my life in Japan at www.arihelminen.com
The Mentawai "Titi Gagai" of the Simatalu region style in Siberut island_Mentawai. Made with traditional Mentawai tattoo instrument. No tattoo machine. Freehand tattoo design. Hand-tapping tattoo for the "Barter tapping tattoo project" on 9th August 2012.
Dragon's head Coarse Toys Shark Crown from the JAWS set. Approx 5" tall
Enoshima Mikoshi Festival 15 JAN
Dragon & Chrysanthemum Shoes I made this one for an old friend, an ex high school mate of mine who requested for a Japanese theme shoes but since I had done quite a number of koi shoes, I thought maybe I should paint a dragon this for this pair. I painted the dragon's head on the right side of the shoes with the tail end on the left side wrapping around a chrysanthemum flower. my choice of colors for these pair are earthen tones. Easy for the eyes to see and wearable for someone who is above 30 years of age.
Showing off their tattoos.
you'd better not mess with them! :)
Tattood lady at Sanja Matsuri. The Sanja Matsuri in Asakusa is one of the biggest festivals in Tokyo. Asakusa is one of the oldest parts of Tokyo, and also home to quite a few Japanese mafia (Yakuza) members, who at this festival come out to show their "colours".