Traditional Japanese Tebori Tattooing


If you’ve always wanted to get a traditional hand poked tattoo but haven’t been able to make the trek to Japan, now is your chance. The Gomineko crew will be back in the Southern Hemisphere, attending the Melbourne Tattoo & Body Art Expo and the NZ Tattoo & Art Festival in November.

I was fortunate to experience tebori earlier this year at the Rites of Passage Festival. I got a Bakeneko/Nekomata tattoo from Horishin which was tattooed using the tebori hand poking method and the modern tattoo machine. You can read more about my experience here.

I was hoping to get a Kawauso tattooed on my other calf next month, however paying bills (unfortunately) comes before tattoos. I’m looking forward to being able to watch the Gomineko crew in action this time around. There’s just something all the more special about being tattooed using the same traditional methods as people centuries ago.

If you can’t make it to either expo, the Gomineko website has an extensive range of Japanese tattoo reference books which they ship worldwide.

The book topics include:

  • Plants/flowers
  • Buddhist imagery
  • Monsters/Demons
  • Animals
  • Geisha
  • Kimono patterns
  • Sketchbooks
  • Goth Lolita

If you’re interested in getting a traditional Japanese tebori piece, contact Crystal via email: info@gominekobooks.com

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