The Rites of Passage Festival is now only three weeks away. In addition to the three tattoos I plan on getting from the Tattoos For Wishes booth, I’ll be crossing another item off my list of 100 Things to do Before I Die.
#23 Get a traditional Japanese tattoo (Tebori).
If you’re not familiar with the word tebori, it refers to the process of hand-poked tattoos. It is a traditional form of Japanese tattooing that has been around for well over 300 years. Read more about tebori here.
I want to experience getting a hand poked tattoo, not just because it’s on my bucket list, but, because it is an ancient method of body modification. There was no electricity or tattoo machines back then. People developed these set of tools to tattoo designs on the skin of others. I can get tattooed with a tattoo machine any day, this is something that will create a new set of life experiences.
I’ve just booked in to get a Bakeneko tattoo from Hori Shin. I’ve always found cats to be slightly evil creatures. My cat, Mitch (who has since passed) was unlike any cat I had ever come in contact with. He had a unique personality which, now that I’ve researched Japanese folklore, makes me question what was going on inside his mind.
You can read more about the Bakeneko here.
If you’re interested in getting a tebori piece at Rites of Passage contact Crystal: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you can’t make it to Rites of Passage, Hori Shin and two other Japanese artists have a guest spot at TAMA Tattoo, also in Melbourne.